By Steve Newton
Tal Wilkenfeld played the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver a couple nights ago, and man, did she impress. Aside from the stunning bass playing she’s best known for, the 29-year-old showed great promise as a singer-songwriter as well. My wife kept raving about the poetry in her original tunes, and I had to agree that Tal’s got it goin’ on when it comes to connecting through song.
I also didn’t mind when she pulled off some sweet covers of David Bowie’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, the Beatles’ “Happiness is Warm Gun”, and the Smiths’ “How Soon is Now?”
Of course, it doesn’t hurt when you’ve got a killer band in tow, and Wickenfeld surely did. Helping her sound spectacular were guitarist Owen Barry, keyboardist Lisa Harriton, and drummer Tamir Barzilay, all of whom also sang backup.
When I interviewed Wickenfeld a couple of weeks before Thursday’s gig she raved about all three of them.
Have a listen: