|Trane Studio was quaint, and nicely decorated. It was the opening night of Witness to Live Performance a photography exhibit by Roger Humbert, that is going on until the end of December. I have marvelled at Mr. Humberts photography for a long time. Music is about emotion, and emotion is what Mr. Humberts photographs capture so well.
I quickly grabbed a seat at a table with some Live Music Report writers, Joyce Corbett, David Fujino and Paul J. Youngman. Joyce told me that Zoé was just about to start.
The amazing thing about Zoés style of guitar playing is its percussiveness. The only time I ever heard anything similar was on Isaac Hayes Theme from Shaft. At the end of the song she explained that her songs really have a fuller sound, but she was playing solo, and it was hard to duplicate that studio sound by herself on stage. I was willing to forgive her. I has happy to hear just her and her magic guitar, that was able to produce so many different sounds.
Tree Dreads with its infectious melody was her next song. She explained that she always wanted to have a theme song, and this is hers. She told the story of walking down the street and being stopped and asked, Whats that? She would explain, Oh, that, thats just my theme song. Zoés soulful voice filled the room and her guitar kept on making those funky, funky sounds. Zoé closed the set with a song called H.E. Her music is described as Soul-rock-psychedelic Roots Music, which really begs to be heard to be understood.