The night of December 8th found me at Zebulon in Brooklyn, catching part of Blarvuster’s CD release party performance.  I was only able to stay for about half of the 80 minute set—which was all one piece, and apparently quite a work out for the performers!—clips of which you can see in the video above.

Matt Welch, leader of Blarvuster and composer of its music, is the one in the video with the bagpipes, then the saxophone, then on vocals, then back to bagpipes…you get the idea!  Having heard this set before in its entirety, I can say that both back then, and at the release party, I was struck by the music’s ability to draw me in and keep me engaged and interested over such a long time.  I think it’s the combination of the fast-paced, rhythmic patterns that repeat but also change subtly as they’re repeated—the bagpipe sections—and the slower, meandering moments that have you dwell inside the music-landscape—mostly the sax and vocal sections—that makes this mammoth set so enjoyable to live with for well over an hour.