Dave Liebman & Liam Noble – A saxophone & piano duo

Liam Noble and Dave Liebman – Vortex 2016

On 28/01/2016, I went to The Vortex (London) to photograph Liam Noble and Dave Liebman – a piano / saxophone duo – for the London Jazz News website.

Dave Liebman is a musical reference for me and his music is linked to a period of my life when I was deeply studying jazz, in my 20’s. Being able to photograph such a great musician was a privilege. Liam Noble is also a very sensitive musician, and their musical dialogue that night was something very unique.

David Liebman Liam Noble - Vortex Victor Gudini Photographer London David Liebman Liam Noble - Vortex Victor Gudini Photographer London

Regarding the photography: it was very difficult to shoot (like most music photography). This time, the big issue was not the lack of lights or even crazy lights, as The Vortex has a very cool and consistent set of lights which didn’t change their blue tones throughout the concert. The issue was silence.

David Liebman Liam Noble - Vortex Victor Guidini Photographer LondonThe duo didn’t have their instruments amplified, and explored wisely and extremely the musical dynamics, leaving almost no possibility for a camera shutter sound. I could not shoot when the piano was playing solo – my only option was at the beginning of high intensity saxophone phrases which masked the shutter click. Quite difficult, but in the end it all worked smoothly.

I shot the gig mainly with a 24-70mm f/2.8 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses. I also had some primes with me, but I only used a 50mm f/1.8 for a couple of shots.  The camera was my D750. I also shot the whole gig with ISO between 1600 and 3200.
In summary, a very good gig with excellent musicians, although a very peculiar environment to photograph.

 

David Liebman Liam Noble - Vortex Victor Guidini Photographer London David Liebman Liam Noble - Vortex Victor Guidini Photographer London

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David Liebman Liam Noble - Vortex Victor Guidini Photographer London David Liebman Liam Noble - Vortex Victor Guidini Photographer London

David Liebman Liam Noble - Vortex Victor Guidini Photographer London David Liebman Liam Noble - Vortex Victor Guidini Photographer London

David Liebman Liam Noble - Vortex Victor Guidini Photographer London

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