Ounsa and Crowd
Fuji xpro2, 85mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Ounsa Mébarkia is a fantastic and spectacular singer who occasionally plays with the wonder French brass band Ceux Qui Marchent Debout (CQMD). I saw them live at New Morning a couple of years ago, and revisiting those photos I found this one which I liked a lot. The pattern on the dress, the expression on her face and the crowd in the shadows below…
Fuji XPRO2, 50mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Because the Ceux Qui Marchent Debout gig in April was a record release party there were many guests on stage. One of these was a trumpet player with a really beat up trumpet (you can’t see it here because of the plunger) but boy did he have a clear and powerful sound (not that Bruno, the official CQMD trumpet player doesn’t!) I’m assuming he was an old band member, but I couldn’t catch his name. So he’s the mystery horn.
Sax in the Shadows
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 1600
The lighting at that Madd Vibes Brass Band concert at La Batterie in Guyancourt was pretty amazing, and although Arnaud’s face is in the shadows on this shot, I still like it a lot.
The Mighty Horn
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/4, 1/50s, ISO 1600
In all my years of concert attendance, I have only ever seen a bass saxophone played three times. The third and most recent was the Madd Vibes Brass Band concert I attended a few weeks ago where frontman and Fishbone founder Angelo Moore whipped out (so to speak) his bass sax for a few bowel-churning solos. The photo was edited in Lightroom with XeL 2.0.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/16, 1/50s; ISO 1600
You’re going to start thinking I’m obsessed with sousaphones, considering how many shots of sousaphone players I post relative to the rarity of the instrument (see Kirk’s Work, Rebel Edward and Joe’s Rainbow). You wouldn’t be all wrong, although obviously it’s helped by the fact that a lot of the music I love features sousaphones and that it’s a very graphical instrument. Anyway, this was my first time live seeing the guys of Ceux Qui Marchent Debout, aka CQMD and their sousaphone player Roufi. It was actually a gig by the Madd Vibes Brass Band which is a combination of CQMD and Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore. Anyway, I tried to do something a little different here and outline only Roufi’s silhouette and that of his instrument. Quite pleased with the results, I must say.