Observation Of Kaleidoscope

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When one thinks of the word Kaleidoscope, their mind usually shifts to the almost telescope-like device that contains a colorful pattern that changes as it is rotated. The image that manifests from the moving pieces within or the curvature of the lens give off a picture that is pleasant to the eye no matter how many times it is rotated. Although the never ending pattern will repeat itself over and over again, it always seems new each time it 's picked up and looked at. The band “Kaleidoscope” also captures many of these same feelings. The group takes several instruments from different parts of the world that most would never consider to be played together and make them blend together in an almost seamless manner. The three performers, Bill …show more content…
However, here the concert changed track completely; All three performers got up from or set their instruments down and stood in a line. Then, Douglas explained that the trio would be performing an African chanting rhythm. This was a large step away from each of their own respective backgrounds, and that was obvious in their manner while performing. However, the performance itself was exuberant. It began as a chanting rhythm with words in an unfamiliar language and manifested into the three stomping their feet and swaying back and forth as they went. This particular piece was an outlier in the performance as it’s the only one where each band member didn’t play their own respective instrument. With the next song, titled “Jubilation”, the performers returned to the instruments. Like “Highland”, this song also draws on Celtic music for inspiration. However, unlike the previous song, it also gets some of it’s inspiration from African and blues music. Moreover, the African influence is very prominent in this song. The two distinct African rhythms work with each other wonderfully and this, along with the overall upbeat nature of the song. There is also a clear polyphonic texture …show more content…
The first utilized both the hanjiz and frigid musical scales. Because of this, there was a distinct middle eastern sound that would be noticeable to one who didn’t know what either of these two scales were or the history behind them. The last song played was Irish and the most prominent instrument was Wong’s violin. This song was my favorite of the performance as it made me think of a happy Irish pub where all the worries in the world disappeared. Wong tapped her feet as she went and was accompanied by clapping from

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