Master of His Craft

Chris Botti blows away the crowd at the Tryon Festival Theater!

Although I was sick, and was unable to stay the entire show, Chris Botti’s performance was a spectacle to behold.  My favorite part of the performance would probably be the drummer. I always have respect for people who have range within their instruments, and the quiet, subtle beats that the drummer was able to produce set against his moments of intense and creative drum solos was spectacular. Another aspect of the drummer that I liked so much was that he looked like he was genuinely having fun on stage. Between the intimidatingly stylish Botti and his beautiful and calm violinist, the drummer stood out to me as someone who was there to have a great time doing what he loves. 

An anxiously awaiting crowd

Another great aspect of the show was the rest of Botti’s band. I believe that the accompanying instruments were integral to Chris Botti’s performance. The violin was especially complimentary in an unexpected way. Both instruments are relatively high in tone, but I thought that the way the soft notes of the violin played against the harsher tune of the trumpet was integral to setting the scene of the songs. The other instruments were also quite effective in setting up the backing tunes to the major trumpet melodies.

A very stylish Botti wooing the crowd!

While the entire show was great, my favorite part of the performance would probably be the drummer. I always have respect for people who have range within their instruments, and the quiet, subtle beats that the drummer was able to produce set against his moments of intense and creative drum solos was spectacular. Another aspect of the drummer that I liked so much was that he looked like he was genuinely having fun on stage. Between the intimidatingly stylish Botti and his beautiful and calm violinist, the drummer stood out to me as someone who was there to have a great time doing what he loves.

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