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Let it out, let it all out

Tribal Baroque comes to San Diego

Tribal Baroque
Tribal Baroque

Tribal Baroque is in town for a handful of "prayformances" in Balboa Park near Casa del Prado Theater, on April 24 from 3-5 p.m., April 26 at 9 p.m., and April 27 from 3-5 p.m.

I wasn’t familiar with Tribal Baroque so I checked them out on YouTube and — oh my God what the hell is happening? This violin duo buh-rings it. Hard.

What is it they bring? It’s hard to say, it defies definition and not many things do that.

I’m not going to try. As Kierkegaard said, “Once you label me, you negate me.” I’m not about to label an entity such as Tribal Baroque.

I think one word that applies is freedom. Absolute freedom. Okay, that's two words.

I suppose there is also one label that might stick and that is from Thoth, the film that won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject 2001.

From the documentary: “Either I was going die or I was going to have to let everything out....Let it all out, let everything out. Whatever it is in you let it out.”

Freedom.

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Tribal Baroque
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Tribal Baroque is in town for a handful of "prayformances" in Balboa Park near Casa del Prado Theater, on April 24 from 3-5 p.m., April 26 at 9 p.m., and April 27 from 3-5 p.m.

I wasn’t familiar with Tribal Baroque so I checked them out on YouTube and — oh my God what the hell is happening? This violin duo buh-rings it. Hard.

What is it they bring? It’s hard to say, it defies definition and not many things do that.

I’m not going to try. As Kierkegaard said, “Once you label me, you negate me.” I’m not about to label an entity such as Tribal Baroque.

I think one word that applies is freedom. Absolute freedom. Okay, that's two words.

I suppose there is also one label that might stick and that is from Thoth, the film that won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject 2001.

From the documentary: “Either I was going die or I was going to have to let everything out....Let it all out, let everything out. Whatever it is in you let it out.”

Freedom.

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Surprised you did not give Tribal Baroque more due, Garrett. I have seen them in Balboa Park several times in the last few years and think they are the most interesting buskers to every play the Prado. While "Thoth," and "Lila Angelique" will never be accused of being masters of the violin, the sounds they produce are unlike anything one is likely to hear anywhere. Thoth, looks like a cross between a whirling dervish and an Aztec version of Gunga Din, vocalizes in a range sounding like everything from a Tibetan throat singer to a soprano. His partner, Lila Anglique, a sweet counterpoint, vocally, as well as on the violin, brings a visually striking appearance to the scene. Made up with a doll-like face, white as porcelain, strawberry hair, costume and moves suggestive of something between Marie Antoinette and I Robot, she provides the visual contrast and the occasional harmony that holds the crowds spellbound. I would never recommend buskers to anyone, but these two have got to be seen (and heard) to be believed.

April 23, 2014

Thank you Javajoe for the extra information. I went down and heard them with my kids on Friday and watched the Thoth documentary as well. I'm a huge fan.

April 28, 2014

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