Bonobo Brings Magic & Majesty To The Brooklyn Mirage: REVIEW
As the ethereal vocals of Hundred Waters lead singer Nicole Miglis wafted through the summer haze, The Brooklyn Mirage came to life in a way we’d never seen before. Joining Bonobo to perform their mesmerizing collaboration “Surface,” Miglis was one of the guests that lent their talents to an incredible night of music. Earlier this month empyreal beatsmith Simon Green, aka Bonobo, brought a rare and exquisite offering of his live performance to Brooklyn’s premier outdoor venue. The setting and sonic quality of the event combined to reached a level seldom attained by other artists and left an indelible impression on everyone in attendance.
Time seemed to stand still as Bonobo’s full band worked in flawless unison to erect a moment of utter musical magic. Majestic tunes blended into each other as the all-encompassing sensory buffet of the Brooklyn Mirage got pushed to its limits. Every once in a while a venue and an artist combine to forge a perfect marriage. It almost seemed as though The Brooklyn Mirage, with its vortex of 3D-mapping visuals, dazzling streaking lights, and mystical appeal, was created with Bonobo specifically mind.
From top to bottom the set list for Bonobo’s Brooklyn Mirage set was simply tremendous. From deeply emotive tunes like “No Reason” which features the dulcet vocals of Nick Murphy to the hypnotic and hard-hitting “Outlier“, this set ran the full sonic gamut. The haunting vocals of “Kerala” seemed to echo off the vaunted walls of The Brooklyn Mirage as did the clattering drums of the enigmatic tune “Kong.”
Nicole Miglis’ heartwarming cameo was not the only special part of the night. Grammy-nominated Moroccan music collective Innov Gnawa joined Bonobo for a jaw-dropping rendition of their smash hit “Bambro Koyo Ganda” that whipped The Brooklyn Mirage into a frenzy. A subdued and demure acoustic version of “First Fires” was tremendously enrapturing but the biggest tune of the night was undoubtedly Bonobo’s groundbreaking “Cirrus” which caught the bewitched crowd off guard but lived up to its beloved reputation.
The Brooklyn Mirage continues to dominate headlines with its wide array of shows fit to satisfy music lovers of all kinds. Check out the rest of The Brooklyn Mirage calendar here and be sure to join us when Elrow, the world-famous Barcelona event, arrives July 28.