Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with this GrouponLive deal to see Brandi Disterheft in concert at the National Arts Centre's Fourth Stage on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. For $25, you get two general-admission tickets (a $50 value).
Jazz is a visceral thing for Juno-winner Brandi Disterheft, meant not to be played softly in the background of a restaurant but exhilaratingly embodied on stage. Her instrument—the double bass—demands such deep physical engagement just to keep its huge, rumbling rhythms under control, even as she takes the stage in ethereal white dresses modelled on those worn by Charles Mingus. The pulsing bass lines underlie not only the original arrangements and compositions brought to life by her sidemen, but, on many tunes, her own voice, which can take on a range of exotic-sounding flavours or bloom into a slightly smoky, pop-radio-ready sweetness. After catching her in concert at the Montreal Jazz Festival, About.com Montreal described a "sound accessible enough to attract non jazz fans while still impressing the purists."
Along with traditional jazz touchstones, Disterheft's work draws on modern influences that range from Björk to Brazilian pop. The gleeful mélange helps develop a more personal, singer-songwriter style of composition on 2010's Second Side, which AllMusic found infused with "a playful sense of wonder, retaining her youthful exuberance and even innocence." As the beat snakes through every seat of the NAC's just-renovated black-box Fourth Stage, velour drapes are illuminated by tabletop candles that add a multisensory dimension to Disterheft's warm sound and can be readily waved by fans who forgot their lighters.