Saturday, June 06, 2015

Bert Lams and Fabio Mittino at MOCHA

MOCHA at Monterey Oaks

My good friend Bruce Stofft has hosted several concerts at a church in South Austin. The common thread has been Bert Lams, who has appeared here with Tom Griesgraber, California Guitar Trio, and now, Fabio Mittino. Best of all, this show was free.

Kem Watts

The opener was a very talented Americana, Singer Songwriter, named Kem Watts. She played for approximately half an hour.

Bert Lams and Fabio Mittino

Bert Lams and Fabio Mittino

Bert and Fabio were introduced to each other by Robert Fripp. Fabio had worked for years on reducing piano arrangements by De Hartmann, of songs that Gurdjieff had captured, while traveling throughout Asia and the Middle East.

Originally a solo project, Fabio contacted Bert and they converted the pieces into duets. They recorded an album funded through Kickstarter, and are now on a small tour consisting of small venues and house concerts.

The music is simple, but hauntingly beautiful. It incorporates both polyphonic and polyrhythmic playing, which is difficult to describe. I highly recommend their album, however, Long Ago.

Bert Lams and Fabio Mittino