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Luba Mason Triangle Was Musically Thrilling at the Iridium

Luba Mason Triangle Was Musically Thrilling at the Iridium

Last night Luba Mason took to the Iridium stage, for two shows. Attending the first show was Michael John La Chiusa, (Hello Again, movie coming out Nov. 8th) and her husband Rueben Blades. The house was filled with an international audience, waiting to see what Ms. Mason’s new style of music would be. Looking stunning in a pale blue shirt and hip hugger 60’s style white jeans, Luba started the set off with an stripped down version of Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark” sung totally a cappella . There was a purity to this version and it started the night with a wow factor.

Luba Mason

Luba Mason Photo by Magda Katz

Van Morrison’s “Moondance” took on a new feel when Felipe Fournier on vibes, and Luques Curtis on bass added an Egyptian flare.

Luba Mason

Luba Mason Photo by Magda Katz

Never having heard Thelonius Monk’s and Jon Hendrick’s “In Walked Bud”, this scat piece based on “Blue Skies” was the perfect piece to highlight all three musicians expertise.

Luba Mason

Luba Mason Photo by Magda Katz

In Julio Gutiérrez’s “Inolvidable”, Ms. Mason soared, showing off her emotional connection to song. This song was sheer magic in Ms. Mason’s brilliant interpretation.

Luba Mason

Luba Mason Photo by Magda Katz

Ms. Mason’s deliberative phrasing and intonation on the Kern/Field’s “The Way You Look Tonight”, made this a passion of longing. Luques Curtis bass added just the right touch of pathos.

Luba Mason

Luba Mason Photo by Magda Katz

Another song I was unfamiliar with was Reuben Blades and Elvis Costello’s “Shammed Into Love”, which had such a clear eyed directness to it and quite the opposite of the song before it.

Luba Mason

Luba Mason Photo by Magda Katz

Wanting to add a song of today into the mix Ms. Mason sunk into System of a Down’s “Toxixity”, which had the audience in her hands.

Luba Mason

Luba Mason Photo by Magda Katz

One of my favorite songs is Jobim’s “Waters of March”. In this stripped down version, we could actually hear the brilliance of lyric. (see video).

Luba Mason

Luba Mason Photo by Magda Katz

Jaro Filip’s song “Cersene” was a tribute to Ms. Mason’s Slovakian background. Felipe Fournier added his musical prowess to the arrangements.

Luba Mason

Luba Mason Photo by Magda Katz

Bobby Mc Ferrin’s “Be Happy”, lit up the stage as Ms. Mason beamed all the joy in the universe.

Luba Mason

Luques Curtis and Luba Mason Photo by Magda Katz

Frank Loesser’s and Jimmy McHugh’s “Say It” was Triangle’s love letter to the audience.

Luba Mason

Luba Mason Photo by Magda Katz

Not disappointing her fans, who know she sings the quintessential version of Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale”, Ms Mason pored out her heart in last night’s version.

Luba Mason

Luba Mason Photo by Magda Katz

Leaving on an upbeat note The Beatles, “Here Comes The Sun” offered hope, to a world a little off kilter.

Luques Curtis, Luba Mason

Luques Curtis, Luba Mason, Felipe Fournier Photo by Magda Katz

This show is a must for anyone who loves music and singers, who know how to connect to their material and bring their audiences in for one sublime ride.

Luba Mason, Michael John La Chiusa

Luba and Michael John La Chiusa Photo by Magda Katz

You can catch Luba Mason and Triangle at:

Luba Mason, Michael John La Chiusa

Luba and Michael John La Chiusa Photo by Magda Katz

11/30  BARBÈS with TRIANGLE: Voice, Vibes, Bass, 376 9th St. Park Slope, Brooklyn (F train to 7th Ave) 8-9:30pm

12/8  THE CELL with TRIANGLE: Voice, Vibes, Bass 338 W. 23rd St, NYC TBA

Reuben Blades

Maria Sullivan and Reuben Blades

Luba Mason,Joel Vig

Luba Mason and Joel Vig

 

 

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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