..in the anticipation of Christmas Korben Dallas is throwing a show with a National Symphonic Orchestra of Žilina!
Getting to know Korben Dallas wasn’t something extraordinary for us. Once, at the beginning of summer different musicals ensembles from all Slovakia performed on the main square as a part of town foundation Day. And among them were Korben Dallas. They were remembered for their romantic songs, which meaning could be transiently recognized in Slovak lyrics, dense and low soloist’s voice and their name “Korben Dallas”, which immediately reminds you of Bruce Willis’ mug.
Only later we found out that they’re a young band from Bratislava aspiring to popularity. Something affectionately familiar in their songs’ motives, their manner of rendition, something from Ukrainian rock – Okean Elzy, Skryabin, BoomBox hitches you up. We began to look for some songs, listened to them, trying to understand the meaning. It’s interesting, that you sometimes something in the other culkture that is very close to you.
And in the time when the city halts in the anticipation of Christmas Korben Dallas is throwing a show with a National Symphonic Orchestra of Žilina! Obviously we couldn’t miss the possibility to witness that. We got the hold of the tickets at the last moment (10EUR anywhere in the concert hall), the venue was sold out (for a show of the revelantly young and unknown band in the city with hardly 80 000 inhabitants!!).
Actually it’s quite amusing listening to the rock-concert in the orchestral hall alloted for chamber music events, when all the musicians and the soloist are on your palm, illuminated with soft light of soffits… It makes an impression as we have come to their home, diligently set up the chairs and sat down to listen. Some kind of a homey concert.
Live music begets some specific magic. Discordant orchestra’s sound merges into unified harmony, penetrates to the depth of you, and you’re already listening not only with your ears, but with the whole body – live strings‘ vibrations, air that is being blown by horns, resounding blows of kettle-drums, deep and low voice of soloist Juraj (read „Yuray“) Benetin. Exceptionally aesthetic enjoyment from multiplicity and at once coherence of the sounding. Plus visual addition, when the orchestra is obeyed to the conductor’s hands‘ maneuvers and keeps going, evolves, halts and begins again.
It’s hard to describe – you have to listen to that. But the impressions after the concert are entirely pleasant.
A little about the lyrics. Actually it’s great to catch the meanings in the songs, especially when those are in the foreign language. Glad internal condition – I understand what they’re singing about and I like it. And the peculiar feeling appears, that only in this lyrics‘ sounding they come in the profound meaning, and if you translate it the magic’s gonna disappear.
In this way the song „Father“ was played, about how good fathers want to be even better and make more and more for their children and about inner doubts about it. The song „Behind the Glass“ is soft and melodic, but full with sadness and loneliness. At that songs‘ names talk for themselves – „Run“, „Where Are We Going?“, „Temptations“, „It’s Been, It Hasn‘t“. As for me songs are saturated with Slovak folklore, or maybe it’s just the appearance of soloist. Big and strong as a hero from an old fairy-tale ..
Having rephrased the proverb, I’d say: it’s better to see and listen to it than read about it 100 times. Thus see and listen: HUDBA JE LEN JEDNA – MUSIC IS ONLY ONE
Korben Dallas & State CHAMBER Orchestra of Žilina – Bolo nebolo
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