Walking onto the stage, the crowd was clearly more excited to see Mike Patton. Lots more applause followed.
The second piece of the evening was an altogether different affair, and at first reminded me very much of the Swingle Sisters. The group consisted of a mixed choir (though with triple the number of men to women), a mainly wind ensemble (though with 3 cellists, 2 harps and a lone percussionist) and Patton as a narrator, separate to the choir.
The choir made short, sharp sounds, often speaking over each other and when words could be distinguished, they were in Italian, to be expected though as the composer was Italian. I did wonder how many were like me, that didn’t know Italian so couldn’t understand what was going on, or didn’t know the piece.
When the choir wasn’t in control, the ensemble would be, lead mainly by the flute. Though it should be noted the conductor was the same in both pieces tonight and did great. Patton spoke occasionally, not nearly as much as anyone else, but played his part well. At one stage swapping his microphone for a speakerphone and directing it at the audience as he rattled off a stream of Italian, passion in his voice.
Throughout the piece lighting was used to also convey passion, same as in the previous piece, though they also used some video footage on a projection screen, along with random electronic sounds similar to placing a microphone too close to a speaker, or cutlery on crockery. Interesting noise.
At the end of the performance we stuck around to hopefully meet Patton, and luck was on Dee-Anne’s side, not only meeting, but getting an autograph and a photo. What a night!