“Beautiful, haunting and powerful music” with Music in the Dark

Published On May 19, 2014 | By Celia Mullins | Theatre & Arts Reviews & Previews

The Burrow at The Warren
16th – 18th May

In the fairy lit magic of the Warren is tucked the intimate Burrow, where ‘Music in the Dark’ was brought to us by acoustic guitar duo JP and Xochitl.

JP is a self taught master of the instrument. With former student Xochitl he wants people to experience sound and music in all it’s beauty and without any distractions. The pair played their way through a myriad repertoire of Arabic, African, Spanish, gypsy and Celtic Music, and did so “in the dark.”

The ‘in the dark’ concept is supposed to send the audience down a refreshing journey of self discovery. For JP there’s a “Magical moment where I become one with the sound and where consciousness of time and space disappear.”

My own consciousness of time and space remained intact and I was very much in the room throughout. They say darkness heightens your senses. My senses were certainly heightened to a resilient iphone to my right that sent repeated and aggressive shafts of light into the darkness. I was amazed at the carelessness of this contraption and it’s giggling handler, both determined to defeat the object.

As for a journey of self discovery, there was no great personal revolution, but it was certainly a contemplative hour of reflection and sensual appreciation of some  beautiful, haunting and powerful music.

The small venue worked with the dark to forge an intimate connection with the music. I was relaxed to the point of drowsiness, and was even guilty of slipping into a profound little daydream or two, articulated by an evocative soundtrack.

My only complaint was that it wasn’t dark enough! There was a rouged glow surrounding the players, fading down occasionally to make way for “true darkness”. Even then I was childishly eager for pitch black and looked forward to not being able to see my hand in front of my face. This wasn’t the case, and I was painfully aware of the various and persistent sources of light that jarred with the stillness.

The concept itself can’t be faulted. There’s no substitute for live music, and in the dark that connection becomes manifestly stronger. The standard of guitar was high, the players clearly passionate about their craft, the music engaging and powerful, the audience captive.

If you love beautiful music and a bit of peace and quiet – there’s not a lot to complain about here.


About The Writer

I grew up in Cambridge but after studying History at Sussex University, I couldn't bring myself to leave Brighton! As well as writing for We Love Brighton I study Journalism and hope to one day make it as a features writer. Brighton is the perfect place to get inspired!