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Curved Air

Live at London’s High Voltage Festival, July, 2011

Review by Alison Reijman

On a personal note, this was the first prog band your humble reviewer got into at an incredibly tender age but they are back touring extensively and sound as vibrant and edgy as ever. Sonja Kristina, the original prog diva is still as charismatic as ever looking like a glamorous gipsy queen with her flowing red hair and sparkly black dress. However, that signature voice is still as smoky and seductive as ever as she spins around the stage around her excellent musicians.

Only drummer Florian Pilkington-Miksa is from the original line-up but she has found some stunning new instrumentalists especially laid-back guitarist Kit Morgan whose fluent runs so complement the material mostly drawn from the early days.  Particularly spectacular were “It Happened Today” and the doomy “Propositions from Air Conditioning.” “Young Mother” and the single “Back Street Luv” also sound as timeless as ever and Kristina picked up her acoustic guitar for one of her signature songs “Melinda More Or Less.” One of the highlights was indeed the crowd pleaser “Vivaldi” and it was down to Paul Sax to deliver the goods. With his air of a gipsy violinist, Sax’ rendition was hypnotic, frenetic and almost demonic. It was another great highlight of the afternoon.

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