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Children of the Revolution at Kirkland Performance Center
A review by Megan Clark

Posted August 20, 2007



    In a world with such distinct categories of music, Children of the Revolution break the genre lines by melding together influences from Spanish flamenco, rock, refined pop, Greek rembetiko, and many other areas of musical styles. COTR’s concert August 18 at the Kirkland Performance Center was an exhibition of its diverse style and inimitable performance. The group, born in 1998 by vocalist Vassili and guitarist Eric Jaeger, incorporated other musicians throughout the years including the Barcelona native EncarnaciŪn who graces the audiences with her flamenco dancing, singing, and guitar playing.  

    With five different drums on stage, three acoustic guitars, a piano, and an electronic keyboard, COTR members used their hands and feet as another instrument to add to the style and sound of their music. The rhythmic clapping soon became an art form all on its own when it accompanied guitarist Jaeger in several songs. EncarnaciŪn used her high heel shoes on the stage, not only show off her seamless dancing abilities, but also to tap out a sound as energetic as the music with which it collided.  

    As the concert went on it became apparent that lead singer and guitarist, Vassili, danced as smoothly as he played and sang. Encouraging audience participation, COTR had people dancing in the aisles to the lively tribute song, “Angeles de Bolivia.” Another highlight from the evening was a solo drum performance in the beginning that made audience’s fingers ache just watching, while at the same time had the vibrant beats resonating through listeners. 

    COTR has appeared in several clubs throughout the Northwest and Canada. They have also performed in Taiwan and at major festivals such as Bumbershoot in Seattle. Through its music, COTR play to inspire unity. Its unique sound will carry the group far in its aspiration to accomplish unanimity in the world.   



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