By Khia E. Hollyer ’21, Hopkins Center Arts Amabassador
Rich, sensual and dissonant notes characterize Bedouine’s music, composed of a dichotomy of light and strong guitar strokes and chords; and euphoric and cacophonic notes. Her persona is shy and awkward, yet charming. Abashed, humor-laced statements like, “They say I’m Joni Mitchell on Xanax,” and “Come at me, Dartmouth students,” tickle the audience. Her music entrances the audience with its contemporary Middle-Eastern quality, putting some into such a restful state they may fall asleep. Her distinctive style is impressive, but her work is perhaps a bit too monotonous. Thus far, her recognition is growing: She has only produced one album and her first televised performance had just been the night before the Dartmouth concert, on the Late Night with Seth Meyers show.
Jose Gonzalez’s music feels powerful and exciting and yet controlled. His style is folk-rock and his voice brings his performances to life. It’s rich yet rough and has some inexplicable quality that I loved listening to. Whoever put together the light show did a great job. Gonzalez looked like a god. The synthetic haze captured the light in a shroud around his figure. Although he is not an active performer, his passion for his music is enough to capture the audience’s attention until the last note.
Gonzalez and Bedouine delivered two very different, but beautiful performances: my favorites thus far this term!