Reviewed by Paula Citron
Solo in Time
Royal Conservatory of Music
Performed by hoofers Savion Glover and Marshall Davis Jr., cajón player/singer Carmen Estevez, flamenco guitarist Gabriel Hermida, and electric bass player Francesco Beccaro
Feb. 5, 2011
Koerner Hall is a recital hall, and so programming dance is not easy. The bare stage cannot define a theatrical space.
As a result, producer Mervon Mehta has to be very clever, and bringing in American tap genius Savion Glover was inspired. Glover was making his Toronto debut, and as a testament to his popularity, the house was packed, even the galleries behind the stage.
Glover catapulted to fame as a tap sensation in Broadway shows, but in recent years, he’s moved over to the concert format. His goal is to make the sounds of tap a percussive instrument in and of itself – to make the audience hear the dance.
In this concert, Glover was inspired by flamenco music, and the musical ensemble included a flamenco singer/cajón player and a flamenco guitarist.
The interplay of the music with the tap sounds by Glover and fellow hoofer Marshall Davis Jr. was extraordinary. Patterns, within patterns, it was an awesome display of rhythmic symbiosis.