Michael Searching Bear's Live In Concert dvd release is footage from the Un earthed cd tour with a cast of 10 band members. Songs performed include arrangements from his Album of the Year winner, Voice From Within, as well as his Nammy nominated Un earthed cd along with un-released footage including a heart-tugging Trail of Tears educational track. The Booger Dance is a wonderful performance depicting an old Cherokee ceremony. Of course, Michael's ‘Cherokee for Dummies’ is included.... Directed by world renowned Eddie Tomecko, this dvd promises to be a benchmark for Native American concerts.
Frankly, I needed to ‘digest’ the experience to fully give an accounting of it.
The concert was soooooo cool live, there is no way ANY DVD would be able to stand up in comparison, nevertheless, that's one reason we've had to watch it again and again. It leaves the listener wanting more..... that's a good thing!
The darkness of the setting gave me the impression of timelessness. It's hard to explain, but in most music videos it's clearly 'the band', 'the stage', 'the crowd', 'the music.' In yours, the feeling was almost like a vision, taken back in time and place, tribal feet all around me. Very effective.
My first favorite: The first song. Outstanding choice for an opening number, remembering it live and the goose bumps it invoked. The DVD focused nicely on the players. You have a remarkably intense presence. Very dramatic without giving the feeling of 'acting.' It's just who you are. Got to see/hear it again with surround sound.....
Your personality comes out so cleanly. Your most effective songs were BOOGER DANCE, and those cuts which you introduced. I would liked to have heard you intro your various flutes.
FLUTE TALK was FUN !! as was the vocal duet and the Fujara/Didg. There were so many levels and textures to this DVD. Very well rounded.
The Trail of Tears segment... starting with the SMUDGING CEREMONY, WHITE ROSE MARCH and TRAIL OF TEARS are without a doubt the most powerful pieces I have ever heard. As I write this I have tears in my eyes. There are many things I want to say but can not put into words.
All in all, an outstanding DVD, more of an experience than a concert. Les Russell