Went to see French outfit Vialka (http://www.vialka.com) at Mir (http://www.lufthavna.no) last night. Fusion of operatic vocals ala Brecht/Weil, African Maskanda guitars, poignant lyrics ("There is no Love," "Unreliable Narrators"), unusual vocal harmonies and a distinct stage presence. It was part of their Northern Winter Beat Tour, an express series of appearances in Scandinavia, Germany, BeNeLux, etc. The tour has limited dates as band members are rushing to return to their infant baby in Nice. Music samples, photos etc. on their web sight.