One of the nice things about living in Belgrade after so many years in the “outback” of Venezuela, is the opportunity to attend cultural events. There are many concerts, plays, exhibitions held in Belgrade. This month Belgrade is hosting the 10th annual Guitar Art Festival. Sunday evening Sting and Bosnian Lutenist Edin Karamozov performed at the Sava Center in New Belgrade. Sting is one of my all-time favorite musical artists. (He ranks in my top 5 with U2, AC/DC, Seal and David Bowie) and I was thrilled to finally see him live in concert. The first half of the concert was devoted to his album, Songs From the Labryinth. This was like attending a lecture on the 16th century music. Sting learned to play the lute and brought back to life, the music of English composer John Dowland. The lute has many more strings than a guitar and the music is much more complex. Sting at his mature stage, is a bit bored with rock music and I am enjoying his growth and changes. The second half of the concert they played some old police songs and some other tunes, like the short snippet of video above, “Fields of Gold.” Sting’s voice was better live than the studio version! He is truly a great musician.
He said that he was going back into the studio to record a new album and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.