PREVIEW: Sound Dialog ImprovPosted by Jodi Hollister
You won’t find much press about the Sound Dialog Improv that happens the first Friday of every month at the Victory Lounge; in fact, you probably won’t find any. But don’t fret my pets, that’s why I’m here. This hidden gem plays host to some of Seattle’s finest musicians every month and you never know who may pop by to sit in.
Kent Halvorsen – keys (Sky Cries Mary, Dabouge, Emilia Sosa)
Sabu Miyata – bass (Flowmotion, Eric Miller band, Bee Craft)
Skiff Feldspar (aka Zach Stewart) – guitar (Goat, Flowmotion, Bee Craft)
Tyler Orion – drums (Van Hunt & numerous local projects)
Mesa Taylor – vocals (Big High, Black Vinyl Allstars)
This amazing group gets together and magic just happens. Mesa’s vocals give me goose bumps every time and rival the heaviest of hitters; think Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant.
The evening ranges from jazzy to funky; for me, the best part is that you never know what to expect. The fluid, unrehearsed sets really make you appreciate what incredible skill each one of the players brings with them. Sabu’s bass can be so subtle yet still take control on the fly. Kent’s ability to add just the right notes and effects will have you wondering if he’s reading everyone else’s mind. Tyler is slick as grease; he transitions so smoothly from a simple jazz beat into a smashing funk groove you may not realize it’s even happened until you notice you’ve stopped bopping your head and your butt is shaking. Skiff has the knack for filling in the blanks, including the ones you hadn’t heard until his guitar pointed them out.
Each one of these guys has played in front of the masses and we are lucky to have them showing us how it’s done — right here in our backyard. Don’t let another month pass by before you get over to witness some of the finest in Seattle’s music community.