STEVE LEHMAN | SELEBEYONE
NYC debut of Steve Lehman’s latest project featuring musicians from USA, Europe and West Africa.
While in New York last January I received a
phone WhattsApp call from my friend Maciek Lasserre who was performing with Steve Lehman at Seeds::Brooklyn the next day.
I was curious to hear the music, especially because I had the occasion to take pics for Maciek’s MCK Project with Gaston aka Bandimic a couple weeks before in Paris and some of the music that Maciek wrote would be used on that night in Brooklyn.
It was the band’s last performance after a one week stay at Seeds::Brooklyn, and you could hear the music was well rehearsed, the band was tight despite tricky written music for the most part. Improvisations from both horns were inspiring.
Loops and Drums melting with Acoustic bass was the basis for some intriguing music and interesting Rap and Vocals.
I highly recommend going to SEEDS::BROOKLYN and check out the music played there, it’s a great venue for Avant-Garde and experimental jazz in the NYC area.
STEVE LEHMAN & SELEBEYONE lineup
This was the world Premiere of this group, at Seeds in Brooklyn on January 6-9th, 2016.
- Steve Lehman – alto saxophone & live electronics
- Maciek Lasserre -soprano saxophone
- High Priest – rap
- Gaston Baye – rap
- Carlos Homs – piano
- Drew Gress – bass
- Damion Reid – Drum Set
You can see my pics in the GALLERY HERE
I always bring two DSLR with me for a concert, my main body is the PENTAX K-3 and the K-5 as a secondary one. I’ve made a USER mode dedicated to concert shooting and my max ISO for this event was 2000 on the K-3 and I go up to 3200 with the K-5.
Seeds::Brooklyn is a small one room venue. The lighting is pretty basic but at least not too dark as the owner is always video recording the events.
It’s small though, and the place was packed with people so therefore I couldn’t move from side to side to take pictures, I had to stay in my spot for the whole gig.
I decided to be as close as possible to the stage, left side with a nice view on everybody except Damion Reid the drummer.
It was really difficult to have a clear, unobstructed view on any musicians, especially because they were playing with music and laptop stands in front of them. The shots are pretty crowded with microphones and stands yeah !
My main lens on the K-3 was as usual the Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2,8, and I decided to use either the Pentax SMC 15mm f/4 Limited or Pentax DA 35mm f/2,4 with the K-5.
I tried a couple shots with the Pentax DA 50mm f/1,8, very unusual to me as I always prefer the 50-135mm but in the end I really like the f/1.8 aperture and the lens sharpness.
Here is exemples of the Pentax DA 50mm f/1,8 :
K5 @ ISO 1600 – f/2.8 – 1/100
I will re consider using the DA50 once again, maximizing his f/1.8 strength under low light situation.