Live at Pianos in New York City Review

artist: Miwa Gemini date: 06/17/2008 category: live concerts
Miwa Gemini: Live at Pianos in New York City
Miwa and Burns show a symbiotic relationship that exudes sophistication and indulges in child-like fantasies.
 Sound: 10
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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 Reviewer rating:
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Live at Pianos in New York City Reviewed by: sweetpeasuzie, on june 17, 2008
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Sound: Miwa Gemini has a voice that was born for the stage. Her chord inflections are heart-felt and her pitch exposes human vulnerabilities. Performing live at Pianos in New York City for the Jezebel Music Open Mic night, Miwa played several songs from her latest release This Is How I Found You. From the first notes rolling off of her lips, she had the audience rapt in her clutches. Joining Miwa on stage was multi-instrumentalist Aaron Burns Who alternated between playing the accordion and the xylophone. His playing complemented Miwa's vocals beautifully and he timed his parts precisely with the modulations of Miwa's voice and guitar riffs. Miwa's music is a combination of smooth soul, acoustic-pop, and ambient-folk revamping folk melodies with an ear for candlelight music. The wonderous oscillations of the accordion along with Miwa's maidenly vocals lifted the melodies into an ambient dreamscape. Her rendition of the Doris Day's hit song Que Serea Serea is just as sugary as the original, as Miwa's sweetly swirled vocals are ribbed in lounging guitar riffs, and Burns ingeniously moves between grazing and gently pumping the notes of the xylophone adding scintillating sprinkles. He experiments along the bridge providing intricate twirls that make the tune spring with pleasure. Miwa and Burns show a symbiotic relationship that exudes sophistication and indulges in child-like fantasies. // 10

Perfomance: The performance is bare-boned but astoundingly landscaped by Miwa's stunning vocalese and the colorful tints of the accordion and bedazzling xylophone keys. Miwa's guitar riffs furnish the supportive trusses that keep the melodies tilted towards a candlelight ordinance, finding hope in the low-light and a sense of tranquility in it's gentle rays. In her final song Forever For Never, she held her audience's gaze like a circus acrobat spinning effortlessly in the air as she sang, Storm painted the sky red / As she stood by the empty bed / Was it a dream one day she was to wed / But the words will remain unsaid. Miwa's set was also shared by Sasha, the porcelain cat that sits perched on a cushion besides her and embodies the spirit of Miwa's dearest friend. Sasha has been there from the beginning of Miwa's journey as a singer-songwriter. // 10

Overall Impression: If I could, I would go to more of Miwa Gemini's shows. She puts you in the mood to unwind and take up sipping smooth Brandy Alexanders at the ending of the day and enjoying the listless evening while sitting beside a cozy fireplace and listening to her rock you to sleep. Miwa never runs out of steam. She is bountiful in herculean strength and has a re-generating quality for someone with such a little body. Her set at the Jezebel Music Open Mic night at Pianos in New York City, USA on June 11, 2008 shows that there is so much more that Miwa Gemini has to offer musically and she continues to go for it. // 10

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