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.