The Ilya Setrakian Trio at North River Lobster Company’s – Concert Review

photo_for_reviewArt mirrored life on Sunday September 13th onboard the North River Lobster Company’s good ship Destiny. In the course of three 45 minute cruises, audiences enjoyed a moody sunset, passionate winds and a sprinkling of rain and the equally moody and passionate music from The Ilya Setrakian Trio.

They dug into Foy Vance’s Make It Rain, nature obliged and when the sun came out providing a glorious sunset to the cruisers, the band played a buoyant Just the Two of Us with just enough funk to make it interesting. The trio plays tried and true classics, like What’s Going On or Gimme Shelter pulling them apart and reassembling them with a tasty blend of jazz voicings and bluesy riffs. And they take up to the minute pop hits like Swift’s “Style” removing any aroma of bubble gum with their unsentimental and direct approach.

An original song by Pianist, Ilya Setrakian, “Somebody New” examined love at the other end of a relationship and had the audience swaying to the surging chorus. Between the lobster rolls, the sunset and the buffet of kicking music,
cruisers left the Destiny Sunday night rolling into the week with memories to spare. The trio features Morgan McDaniel on bass, Andres Valbuena on drums and vocals and arrangements by pianist, Ilya Setrakian.

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Author: Ralph White