Hot off their tour in the U.K. the Pacific Curls are washing into Nevada City’s very own Miners Foundry Cultural Center Thursday (Sept. 12).
Kim Halliday, Ora Barlow and Sarah Beattie perform music with depth and originality that touches the inner essence of their musicality. Combining both hints of jazz and Celtic rhythms with Maori instruments and traditional elements, Pacific Curls channel their indigenous heritage through a musical medium that is both enchanting and moving.
The instrumental variety is astounding from a fiddle, a ukelele and a cajon to a traditional Maori instrument called a Taonga Puoro, as well as featuring several percussion instruments, a guitar and stomp box.
Their lyrics are beautiful and often political, performed in Te Reo Maori, Rotuman and English. Even without understanding the lyrics the meaningful vibrations and mood come through as clear as day through the singer’s voice and musical instruments.
On stage Pacific Curls bring nothing but three stools, their instruments, and a desire to bring their captivating sound to the crowd. Without all the flashes and theatricality their voices and music sound clear, reverberating through the room and rocking the audience in a rhythmic pacific wave.
With an international audience rapidly growing particularly after appearances at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games celebrations, WOMAD NZ, WOMAD UK, WOMAD Earth Station, City of London Festival, Borneo Rainforest World Music Festival, Vancouver Island Music Festival, and extensive touring throughout Canada, Australia, South Korea, New Caledonia, Europe and Aotearoa (New Zealand) this is a band that creates a window into the global sounds of the Pacific to the World.
Their 8 p.m. concert Thursday is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.