Blue Koi Collective at JZ Club in Shanghai
Van De Locht and his bass clarinet were brought on for the third set of the night. As soon as all the players were on stage, another woodwind storm rose. Li threw down a bit of throat singing for juxtaposition.
Van De Locht and Kyhl together presented a high-pitched and downright avian mix of sounds that was underlined by Haavik's grounded tenor saxophone. The bass clarinet, with its ability to go from low to high in 0.6 seconds, isn't an instrument you see very often and Peter V played it with fervor. Haavik, always lyrical, provided melody amongst chaos. In the end, Li whipped out another special little instrument, a guanzi (a small Chinese flute). I left JZ Club heady from sound overload and happy to have heard a host of fascinating instruments played by a group of musicians who are not afraid to use them.
An earlier, and fairly addictive, self-titled debut album by Blue Koi Collective is available from Gabriele Meirano.