Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: 2010 Helsinki Concert Video & Photos

The 2010 Helsinki Concert Photos

Maarten Massa’s photos of Leonard Cohen and, especially, the band members and backup singers from the August 10, 2010 Helsinki concert are among the best taken during the entire 2008-2010 tour. In addition to the shots displayed in this post, many other photos from the Helsinki show can be found at Leonard Cohen in Helsinki – Aug 10 2010: Part 1 and Part 2.

Video: Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You + Thank You To Jarkko

That the final song of the August 10, 2010 Leonard Cohen Helsinki Concert was “I Tried To Leave You” was hardly a surprise. Nor were the solo performances by the band members and backup singers unexpected.

Unique to the Helsinki show, however, were Leonard Cohen’s words of appreciation, following the completion of “I Tried To Leave You,” for the role Jarkko Arjatsalo and his website, LeonardCohenFiles.com, played in keeping Cohen’s songs alive when his “voice wasn’t heard very often in very many places.”

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
Helsinki: Aug 10, 2010
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Note: Originally posted July 5, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Musical Technology: Rafael Gayol’s Drum Set

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How Does One Bang On That Drum All Day

While this musical technology post is linked to Leonard Cohen because the issue happened to come to my attention via LeonardCohenForum and, unsurprisingly given its origin, had to do with Cohen’s band, my major motivation for publishing the information is – well, I like to know how things work so I narcissistically assume Cohencentric  readers will be interested as well.

Distilled to the basics, the question is,

What is that small drum adjacent to Raphael Gayol’s1  bass drum?”2

It turns out that this is not, as I had hoped, a case of percussive mitosis.
mitosisThe correct answer, provided by LeonardCohenForum member, Florian, follows:

The item used by R. Gayol is called “Subkick,”3 manufactured by Yamaha. It has the same purpose as the Woofer by DW but works little differently: basically it’s a snare drum shell (10 x 5 inches) with a speaker(!) inside. that speaker is reverse-wired and works as a microphone as result of that. The DW woofer is a shorter bass drum in front of the real bass drum with a (real) mic inside.

“Woofer by DW” refers to an earlier forum entry about the same question:

… a ‘woofer’ … enhances the sympathetic frequencies, roundness, and low – end ‘punch’ [of the drum.] Non drummers might think ‘what’s the point?’ but drummers know it makes a difference – and if that is what they think will improve things all around – then great.

Credit Due Department: The photo atop this post was taken by Jean @ Renovation Therapy. (I, however, am responsible for the value-added yellow circle.)

Note: Originally posted May 23, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. Rafael Gayol is also known, per Leonard Cohen’s band introductions, as “Our Timekeeper” []
  2. The obvious follow-up question is, “And what is that mysterious yellow circle around it?” []
  3. Doesn’t “Subkick” sound suspiciously like a D&s term for something a Dom would do to a sub? []

Brilliant Photos From The Leonard Cohen 2010 Helsinki Concert

Maarten Massa’s photos of Leonard Cohen and, especially, the band members and backup singers, at the August 10, 2010 Helsinki concert are among the best I’ve seen since the commencement of the tour. While he has graciously allowed these to be posted at Cohencentric, many other shots he took at the Helsinki show can be found at Leonard Cohen Helsinki – Aug 10 2010: Part 1 and Part 2.

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Leonard Cohen - Helsinki 2010

Note: Originally posted August 10, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Brilliant Photos: The 2013 Leonard Cohen Wellington Concert Through The Lens Of Maarten Massa – Gallery 2

well24Photos by Maarten Massa. More shots from this concert can be found at Leonard Cohen, Wellington NZ – December 17 2013: Gallery 1

 


Note: Originally posted Dec 20, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric