Low Leaf Embodies An Earthly Calm At Girlschool THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: LOW LEAF @ GIRLSCHOOL 2/4/18
LOS ANGELES, CA- Unless I’m attending an orchestral event, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a concert where a harp was utilized as an integral part of a band. At Girlschool, however, I was able to see a harp featured not once, but twice!
One of the featured performers who performed with a harp was Angelica-Marie Lopez p/k/a “Low Leaf”. A frequent contributor on various Robert Glasper and Flying Lotus projects, Low Leaf released a solo album, “Palm Psalms: A Light To Resolve All Darkness”, in 2017. It’s a jazzy, neo-soul infused album that’s as dreamy as its name suggests.
Low Leaf’s performance at Girlschool suffered a bit from some initial technical issues. Set times were relatively short- about 30 minutes- throughout the weekend, so inadequate sound/mixing for one song could essentially effect a quarter, if not more, of the performance. But Angelica-Marie powered through the initial issues and was still able to lull us into her atmospheric world with her seductively earthy musicality.
It was a spiritual performance, and you could just sense how at ease Low Leaf was despite the early hiccups. As she delicately plucked away at her harp’s strings, or caressed the keys of her keyboard, it was easy to fall under her musical spell. Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to see her perform a longer set in the future to fully immerse myself in all that is Low Leaf.
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) February 19, 2018