Review @EDP24 - Catapluf’s Musical Journey at Norwich Playhouse

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Originally commissioned by the EFG London Jazz Festival, Catapluf mixes samba, jazz and klezmer to create a musical journey for children 5-7 years old.
That said, it struck me that many in the audience were much younger than that – and they were entranced.

It’s impressive the way Adriano Adewale and his band capture the young audience and keep them focused right the way through 50 minutes of complex musical patterns and percussive tricks.

There’s no snooty talking down to the toddlers here. Adewale and his friends know just how to handle the material to put it across with unpretentious clarity. A three year old girl next to me was clearly taking tips – noting musical techniques for future reference.

And with saucepans, sticks, buckets and just about everything else, this was the kind of orchestra you could easily concoct at home. Adewale’s opening solo on tambourine was a tour de force and I’ve never seen a triangle put through so many paces.

A fine line-up of musicians on cello, flute, saxophone and guitar accompanied the wackier instruments with aplomb and the buzz of it all hummed in the air for hours to come. Wow!

Eve Stebbing for EDP24, 16.05.2016

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