Friday, April 12, 2013

Celebrated Singer-Songwriter Jacob Moon Performs Hamilton Fundraiser For Fire Victims

“Tremendous command of the instrument... amazing voice. I can honestly say that I am overwhelmed by his music.” Danny Miranda, bassist for QUEEN

Celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarist Jacob Moon returns to his hometown of Hamilton, bringing his unique one-man-band approach to this evening of story and song. All proceeds from the event will go directly to help the Ganzevoort family, whose lives were spared, but lost their home and possessions in a fiery blaze on March 28. This is a personal story to Moon, since the Ganzevoorts are his cousins.

It has been an exciting season for Moon, who opened for British progressive rock giants MARILLION at their Montreal Weekend on March 22-24, winning over the capacity crowd with his originals and covers, including songs by Marillion and Rush.

Moon performed for Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers Rush 3 years ago at the Songwriters Hall of Fame after his video cover of their hit Subdivisions went viral on YouTube. Since then, his touring schedule has been full.

Moon’s latest full release, Landing 2: The Tenth Anniversary Concert (2012), is a celebration of the original  Landing (2002). Moon booked Catherine North Studio for a three-day stint, and recorded 15 songs, including some newer versions the original collection and many others never before recorded. It features many new arrangements and special guests, and was recorded before a live audience. It has already sold thousands of physical and digital copies worldwide.

Guitar Fireworks, Live Looping

Fans can expect an evening of guitar fireworks and thrilling “live looping,” a technique Jacob uses to record musical phrases on the fly and layer new sounds over top, to create the illusion of a whole band.

Commenting on the process of live looping, which he has included in his show from the earliest stages of his 15 year career as a solo performer, Moon says, “At first I thought that using the Jam Man would be the silver bullet for my show. As it turns out it took a couple of years hard work to get comfortable with using it. After that, you can start to have some fun with it and change the way you loop things.”

This 2008 video of Subdivisions taken atop Hamilton's Staircase Theatre shows Moon’s mastery at work.

Sunday’s show will undoubtedly have a few surprises. Moon has been working on a series of covers of famous songs from the seventies and eighties. Most recently, he worked with Roman Marcone at Hamilton’s Porcelain Records to create a recording of Marillion’s Kayleigh. I wonder which of these he’ll perform?

Concert details:

Melissa Bel
Sunday April 14, 2013
Jacob Moon with special guest Melissa Bel (www.melissa-bel.com)
Molson Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place
Tickets are $19.50 plus SC available at Ticketmaster.ca or the Copps Coliseum/Hamilton Place Box Office.

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