I particularly enjoy listening to live music in small clubs. There is an intimacy and connection you rarely experience in larger venues, not to mention people attending such events are usually much more conscious of the music they are listening to. On the flipside, it is damn difficult to shoot under these conditions! Lighting usually sucks, space is ultra limited and you have to strive to find good shooting angles. Nevertheless, it can still be fun and rewarding.
This time, I had the pleasure of watching (and shooting) a band I wanted to see live for some time, the DATFUNK Trio. Keybordist Asterios Papastamatakis, drummer Michael Kapilidis, together with guitar player and singer Adedeji Adetayo, formed this band about three years ago, and already have established themselves with their unique blend of funk, soul/jazz and afro vibes. Here is what makes it exciting: first, they are all reputable and, quite frankly, absolutely stellar players. Second, they love what they're doing, and this is clear straight away to anyone that is not, say, dead, or in a vegetative state. You simply cannot ignore the groove and feeling they are oozing, while not missing a beat or note. As a musician, I envy them to death. As a music aficionado, I could listen to them for hours.
For this, and a limited number of gigs, they paired up with Reiner Witzel, a great German jazz saxophone/woodwind player and composer. And, surprise!, Reiner also happens to be a photographer! Check out his photo website here.
You can find more about DATFUNK, their live dates and forthcoming album, in their Facebook page.