Naomi LaViolette at dusk
One of my passions is music. Full stop. Most of the time, genre isn’t important, although I do tend to lean more toward the rock ‘n’ roll side of the album.
Last night I had the opportunity to photograph local singer/songwriter Naomi LaViolette at a record release show inside the 100-year old Wilsonville Methodist Church that recently was converted into a performance space by the McMenamin brothers.
LaViolette is a gifted pianist and vocalist who has carved out a solid career on the educational side of music. She also finds time to perform with a variety of chamber ensembles. Her new, self-titled record “Naomi LaViolette,” however, finds her exploring new territory in the form of pop, jazz and more contemporary stylings.
At McMenamin’s, her Sept. 28 performance offered some nice photographic opportunities. The show began just before sunset, and a plethora of stained glass windows (as befitting a church) both amplified and colored the sunlight as it splashed through and lit the interior. The resulting red, yellow and orange hues make the images somehow appear as if there were not really devious wind gusts whistling through open church windows.