This Tuesday Music is Love will host Blue Moon Sessions. The Saint spoke to Casper Sanderson about the event which promises to be a “heartwarming and magical evening”.
Blue Moon Sessions marks a new type of event for Music is Love. The name inspired by conceiving of an event that is a “hidden gem”, Sanderson expanded that like a blue moon this type of evening is “rare but magical”. Sanderson says that “it’s different from other Music is Love events because it has a set line up in an exciting setting”.
The event will take place in St Andrews Episcopal Church, an underrated venue that is sure to give this classic concert a twist. Sanderson expressed how the acoustics of the venue can entirely change the feel of the performances. As the evenings get biting and winter seems a mere moment a way such an atmospheric setting filled with amazing music is the perfect formula to create an event that will give the audience a “cozy and inspiring” evening.
Taking place over three hours the event will be divided into three main sections. On arrival, the audience will be greeted with wine and nibbles, providing time and space to chat and of course jam. This will be followed by a number of short concerts taking place in the foyer. Guests will then make their way through to the Church Hall for the main concert. This is headlined by .jonathan/QUOW, Emily Silk and Craig Lithgow. Blue Moon Sessions is a great example of the performance opportunities Music is Love can provide for students. In choosing the Episcopal Church as their venue, Music is Love is trying something different and their use of unconventional spaces is sure to make the event more memorable for both the performers and audience.
Sanderson gave some further details about the artists performing and what the audience can expect. Firstly, Craig Lithgow is a familiar face on the Scottish music scene. He has played gigs around the world, from Skye to Dunedin, London to Chicago and you can always be sure to catch him performing in Edinburgh where he’s based. If you are wondering what kind of feel Lithgow will bring to the event “…his music has been compared to Leonard Cohen. His strong voice and the depth of his lyrics proves the comparison is not too far off and Lithgow is definitely a musician to look out for.” (The Wee Review). Emily Silk is a classically trained pianist from Kent who has played piano for 15 years. Sanderson adds “She loves to compose classical and jazz fusion pieces, and enjoys anything upbeat and bluesy!”
Finally, there is Jonathan Quow. Of Quow’s music and the influences behind it Sanderson says “Jonathan Quow was born in NYC and raised by his mother, a Trinidadian immigrant, in the Midwood Projects of Brooklyn, NY. It was at home, listening to his mother’s vinyls and cassettes, that the seamless combination of R&B/Pop and Hip-Hop that defines his sound was fostered.” Jonathan Quow seeks to bring the sounds that defined his upbringing to the small town of St Andrews.
Blue Moon Sessions, hosted by Music is Love, will take place on Tuesday 13 November between 6pm and 9pm at St Andrews Episcopal Church. Tickets are £4 and available on the union website.