Richie DeMaria

Minds were opened and spirits cleansed in a special performance by Nessi Gomes (pictured), who kicked off her six-week North American tour with a dual “voice bath” and concert at Yoga Soup on Thursday, September 14. Beginning with almost entirely vocally based tunes, Gomes’s voice warped and wrapped within the dark like a didgeridoo, undoing sinews in our de-stressing minds. The effects were profound and evocative: We were left buzzing, spacey, and clear.

The performance that followed began with technical issues, with a misfiring speaker sizzle that threatened to distort all our new-earned calm. But it turned out to be a blessing: Sans mic and unadorned, Gomes’s performance gained a new intimacy, even purity, in that yogic space. She moved through powerful tunes like “Diamonds & Demons,” “All Related,” and “What Have We Done?” with her hypnotic guitar picking, all the while addressing our shared path along “the delicate dance between light and dark.” In the dimmed, hallway-lit room, Gomes seemed to strike a connectedness rarely felt in most concerts. It was musical soup for our souls.


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