THOUGHTS [Written by Kate M.]:
Don’t you love it when soul meets any genre of music? A highlight of the Festival. Best time of the night! Will Holland, the musician, producer and DJ who is Quantic does just that. Holland collaborates with musicians, DJs and artists with different backgrounds and talents to create unique sounds, a little Jazz, a little electronic, a little bongos and some trumpet, perhaps. I think Holland hears, explores and ultimately takes different music genres and finds a way, and a place, they have not yet been together. On this night, soul met funk, electronic, jazz and Latin styles – they do mean a salsa with electronic riffs (ya, that happened!). In the middle of their world tour, Holland and his current collaborators arrived at The United Methodist Church from sold out shows in France, Japan and San Francisco. Colombian singer Nidia Góngora, who is the lead vocals on the single La Plata, showed us her organic dance moves and captured our attention with her clear, smooth and rich tone on vocals. Other sounds you will hear in these collaborations are Ethiopian jazz, accordion, clarinet – no really this is true – and if you need a picture to wrap your head around the scene and sounds, this was the Cultures Collide version of a scene from Dirty Dancing. This rhythmic Latin, soul and funk infusion had the audience dancing in the aisles and grinding in front of a pulpit. Before the band started playing, Holland said, “feel free to get up out of your seats,” and you could see it in people’s eyes, they were already planning on it – and they did. Quantic, whose home base is Columbia, released his latest album, Magnetica, on June 10, 2014. This album’s 3rd single, La Plata, was a highlight of their set and even I sang along to this one on and I didn’t even know what the lyrics meant, but Quantic makes you want to move, sing and be a musician.
Post Script: Best line of the night, “This is a great congregation” – Will Holland.
I danced to Quantic while I wrote this review.