Lisbeth Quartett enthralls enthusiasts at Shilpakala

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 21:38, Dec 02,2019


Lisbeth Quartett performs at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

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, 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.

Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, hosted a Jazz Concert by Charlotte Greve’s Lisbeth Quartett (NYC/Berlin) at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.

Goethe-Institut Bangladesh’s director 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 that she was diagnosed with dengue fever earlier in the day. It wasn’t clear though, as to where she got bitten, as her fever took hold while they were touring India before coming here.

As a result of her absence, the Quartett reduced to a trio- Manuel Schmiedel (Piano), Igor Spallati (Bass) and Moritz Baumgärtner (Drums), who still successfully mesmerised 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 enthusiastic audience,’ said drummer Moritz Baumgärtner.

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.

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