November 2012 - Platform33
from Thomas's headlining solo set at The Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell.
highlight on Wednesday was fine classical violinist Thomas Gould playing Nico
Muhly, Bach (Chaconne in D minor) and Paganini. What's it got to do with jazz,
someone will inevitably ask...Quite a bit. First, Gould has the unerring, flawless
sense of time of an Eddie Gomez or an NHOP, and I'm convinced it was that which
enabled his narrative in the Bach to unfold so clearly, and must have been a part
of what held a pub basement audience completely transfixed for 13 minutes of solo
violin music. (It no doubt also helped that he was playing an undying masterpiece...)"
next was Thomas Gould, who looked like he’d stepped right out of the pages of
a romance novel. He’s got the long hair and flowing shirt combo with musical instrument
in hand, in this case a violin, set against some fairy lights that hung like another
earth’s more geometrical arranged stars and bathed in blue, faux moonlight. Have
you ever been lost in a sound, or seen a man melt into music? Perhaps my body
was still getting over that run, or maybe it was the music’s power, but his violin
magic felt more like a tongue than an instrument and as some sorcerer he whispered
wisdom into my ears. Gould
is calm, relaxed and perhaps not what I was expecting. Funny,
self-possessed and utterly passionate, Gould played three pieces by Nico Muhly,
Bach and Paganini, all punctuated by his own comic musing, before finishing off
with his own arrangement of a guitar piece called El Ultimo Tremolo."
Culture, Shelton Lindsay