Tuesday 4th August, 2015
Once again the beautiful spaces at the courtyard of the Annenberg Space for Photographywere ready for another edition of the Sound in Focus concert series this past Saturday evening. Once again the weather was perfect; the diverse crowd, from child-totting families to sharp-dressed hipsters, were ready for a good time; the food trucks and beer and wine gardens well-stocked; the bands expertly sound-checked; and the exhibition spaces open for exploration. But once the music started it was clear: this was not going to be the same old thing!
Will Holland, aka Quantic, is one of those well-travelled musicians who take inspiration from the various places in which he has visited and lived, including his UK homeland, Colombia and, most recently, Brooklyn, and all of the musical flavors of these places could be found in his set with his nine-piece orchestra. Quantic’s talented batch of musicians, including three stellar female vocalists, played & sang tracks from all over his seemingly-endless discography, including a couple from his latest release, A Western Transient, which in part celebrates the LA soul-jazz scene. All three vocalists got a chance to shine, as Colombian artist & longtime Quantic collaborator Nidia Gongora does with the Latin dub flavor on “Cumbia Sobre El Mar.” The musicianship was top-notch and the mellow, groovy vibe nicely suited the lovely setting.
(Eric J. Lawrence, KCRW)