Jazz music with its uncommon timings and alternative tunings has had its admirers but never really established a wide following in Bangladesh. Yet in their love for the blues, a precursor to jazz that also traces its roots to America’s Deep South, and love for improvisation, there is a potential love for the genre worth exploring.
German cultural organization Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, hosted a Jazz Concert by Charlotte Greve's Lisbeth Quartet (NYC/Berlin) at the BSA’s Experimental Theatre Hall on Sunday, 1 December at 7 pm.
Goethe-Institut Bangladesh’s Director Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch welcomed the jazz enthusiasts at the event.
The full lineup, however, could not perform due to an unavoidable circumstance, as the band’s founder, and popular German saxophonist Charlotte Greve, could not join her band at the event. Goethe-Institut Bangladesh informed UNB that she was diagnosed with dengue fever earlier in the day. It wasn’t clear though, as to where she picked up the bite, as her fever took hold while they were touring India before coming here.
As a result of her absence, the Quartett was a misnomer as they was reduced to a trio- Manuel Schmiedel (Piano), Igor Spallati (Bass) and Moritz Baumgärtner (Drums), who still successfully mesmerized the jazz lovers in the evening with some of their most popular jazz numbers.
“We are very sorry that Charlotte could not perform tonight with us, but at the same time we are really happy and delighted to perform in front of such a great number of patient and enthusiast audiences,” said by the drummer Moritz Baumgärtner at the concert.
Founded in 2009 and divided equally between Berlin and New York since 2012, the Lisbeth Quartett was awarded a Jazz-Echo as newcomer of the year for its second album Constant Travellers. For the band’s recent album "There Is Only Make", Charlotte was awarded an ECHO Jazz in the category Saxophone/ Woodwind national.
The concert was part of the band’s Asian tour, in which they performed in Pune, Chennai, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Colombo and Kolkata. From Dhaka they move on to Karachi, Pakistan.
A two-day watercolor painting workshop and exhibition, arranged by TSC-based cultural studies and development center OntorKotha, concluded at the National Art Gallery’s ground floor of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the capital.
Prominent theatre activist and actor-playwright-director Azad Abul Kalam inaugurated the event as the chief guest on Friday.
Artist Kishor Mojumdar, instructor of the workshop, Ontor Kotha’s founder Rahim Sumon were present at the event.
A total of 38 participants across the country took part in the workshop in which the participants were given lessons on the basic, theoretical and practical usage of watercolor painting.
Two-day-long SM Sultan Utsab-2019 began amid festivity at the Zila Shilpakala Academy premises in Rupganj on Saturday.
The festival started with children art competition at 8am.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Director General Liakat Ali Lucky, Narail Deputy Commissioner Anjuman Ara with others placed wreaths at the grave of artist SM Sultan at 10am.
Meanwhile art works of artists with special needs were exhibited in the festival.
The festival featuring art competition, Folk song performance, poetry recitation, and a documentary film screening on SM Sultan’s life and work will be arranged on the first day of the programme.
On the second day, a discussion programme and cultural functions will be held on the open stage at the Zila Shiplakala Academy.
An acrobatic show will be held on the second day.
Sheikh Mohammed Sultan, popularly known as SM Sultan, was born August 10, 1923.
He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 1982, the Bangladesh Charu Shilpi Sangsad Award in 1986 and the Independence Day Award in 1993.
Obscure Artists of Bangladesh, a new platform of young, emerging artists kicked off a three-day national art exhibition Thursday at Gallery 27 in Dhanmondi – the name of the gallery derives from its location on the old Road no.27 (now no.16).
Inaugurated by world-renowned Bangladeshi calligrapher Mahbub Murshid as the chief guest, the exhibition features an exciting collection of artworks by a promising group of artists.
Hundreds of artworks spanning multiple genres from calligraphy to oil painting, acrylic painting, stone arts, tea-bag arts and drawings are part of the exhibition.
Applauding the initiative, Mahbub Murshid said “This event is a unique showcasing of amazing artworks including some unbelievably good calligraphies, done by promising artists. Some of them are not even professionals, but one cannot even guess that at first glance.”
“Intending to provide an organised platform and inspiration to the obscure artists of Bangladesh, a Facebook group has been set up back in October and we called for submission from artists all over the country. The response we got in return has been unbelievable and overwhelming,” Mahfuzur Rahman, the founder of the group, told UNB regarding the initiative.
“Our endeavour is to inspire them to move forward, and give them a platform they deserve to showcase their amazing talents and extraordinary creativity,” he further said.
The participants spoke highly about the initiative, as well as the work done in coordinating their contributions by the organizers. One of the participating artists, Muhammad Alimul Islam, who has a regular job as a pharmacist and paints out of passion, told UNB: “The organizers are truly passionate about promoting our works, although we never really participated in exhibitions before. We are really happy to participate in this kind of national exhibition with other promising artists.”
The founder and admins of ‘Obscure Artists of Bangladesh’ made the exhibition possible, with the enthusiastic participation of the group members, who sent in their contributions from all over the country.
The exhibition will remain open from 11am to 8pm on all three days before concluding on November 30.
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