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Clara Venice CD Release Party – Toronto Live Review

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clara venice @ Adelaide Hall, October 03, 2013

Clara Venice CD Release Party – Toronto Live Review

WHO: Clara Venice
FROM: Toronto, ON
WHEN: Oct 3rd 2013
WHERE: Adelaide Hall, TO

TOTAL SCORE: 8.2/10

[starreviewmulti id=3 tpl=20] IMAGE/ STYLE: Combine quirky europop sensibility with a healthy dash of Japanese pop stylising and you have the odd yet infectious Clara Venice. Ms. Venice is as much a modern pop icon in the making as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry with an emphasis on the unorthodox personality of the latter.

CROWD: Busy, enthusiastic and familiar crowd. This was very much a celebration of an EP which brought together family, friends and industry folk. There was at times an air of familial support, but enough to satisfy interested newcomers.

COMMENTS: Impressive multi-instrumental mastery with a natural performance dexterity that saw Ms. Venice effortlessly segue between genres and styles. In the best sense, a true pop Armageddon crafted from the unique use of a theramin.

What at first seemed like an over reliance on the instrument was really Venice embracing her instrument, her “axe” so to say, and she rocked it! The instrument was beautifully controlled to display atmospheric western like melodies one moment and bombastic orchestral waves akin to a Bond theme the next.

Rob King, a projection artists, custom made real time reaction software to compliment the live performance. This was a savvy and beautiful touch that elevated the music and transcended different art forms.

Musical contemporaries took to the stage to help launch the Confetti EP including Alison HighHat smashing the drums alongside the likes of violinist Chris Bartosh for a string instrument duel.

MEMORABLE SONG: Venice briefly returned to her roots of covers with daring yet mesmerising interpretations of Bad Company and Kanye West favourites. The whole EP was a treat too and deserving of another listen through.

OVERALL: Exciting news topped the night as Venice announced she was personally asked by Canada’s own Barenaked Ladies on a cross Canada your with them. What began as a seemingly bizarre act quickly transcended into simply pop music art. Clara Venice has what the pop world is crying out for – honest talent.

Review by: Feargal Daly

Photos by: Alexei N. Malakhov

 

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