Lisbeth Quartett performs in city
A Jazz Concert by the band Lisbeth Quartett was held at the Experimental Theatre Hall of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on December 1.
Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in cooperation with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, hosted the event. Due to the sudden sickness of the front-woman, saxophonists Charlotte Greve, the popular band performed as a Trio on stage.
Dr. Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, said in her opening, "Very unfortunately the saxophonist Charlotte Greve is sick and cannot be on stage. But we will come to enjoy a Trio that happens to play its world premiere tonight in Dhaka."
Manuel Schmiedel on piano, Igor Spallati on bass, and Moritz Baumgärtner on drums enthralled the audience with their unique concept of tone, rhythmic perfection, and subtle interplay. The concert lasted 70 minutes and ended with great applause in a full Theatre Hall.
Played tracks, along with their composers name are in parentheses here: "Original Source" (Charlotte Greve), "All Or Nothing At All" (Arthur Altman), "Chorale" (Manuel Schmiedel), "Off Minor" (Thelonious Monk), "Prelude To A Kiss" (Duke Ellington), "Shirley" (Charlotte Greve), "Crickets" (Charlotte Greve).
The Lisbeth Quartett was awarded an ECHO Jazz - the biggest German music prize - as newcomer of the year 2012, for its second album Constant Travellers. The follow-up Framed Frequencies was also highly acclaimed internationally.
For their most recent album There Is Only Make, Charlotte Greve was awarded the ECHO Jazz 2018 in the category national Saxophone/Woodwind. "The new album was developed more from a band process than our earlier studio productions. Before we recorded, we carried the pieces with us for a longer time and performed them in many concerts together," states Charlotte Greve.
Greve's vibrant, floating saxophone tone and the sometimes clear, sometimes convoluted modulations are supported by her prominent partners. Marc Muellbauer's distinguished bass lines are more than just a foundation, pianist Manuel Schmiedel creates imaginative panoramas and solos, and Moritz Baumgärtner's unconventional, sonorous and dynamic drumming fuels rhythmic finesse. The results are multi-faceted pieces that oscillate between quiet passages and vigorous intensification. Melodic lines and clear forms, subtle interplay and a modern approach demonstrate creative drive and strength of character.
Charlotte Greve is a Brooklyn-based alto saxophonist and composer originally from Germany. With a unique concept of tone and composition, she is making a mark on both the Brooklyn and German jazz scenes. Her band Lisbeth Quartett, has released five albums so far. The second and fifth one of these was awarded the Echo Jazz Prize in 2012 and 2018. Charlotte's Brooklyn-based band Wood River released their Debut LP in February 2015 and in 2017 collaborated with a 60 piece choir to perform the premiere of "Sediments We Move", a piece written by Greve. Further projects in New York are the Alto Saxophone quartet "Asterids" with Alto colleagues Caroline Davis, Oscar Noriega and Caleb Curtis, a trio with Vinnie Sperrazza and Chris Tordini called "The Choir Invisible" and the ambient Duo "Sooner" with guitarist and bassist Simon Jermyn. As a sidewoman Charlotte appears regularly in different bands such as "Matt Pavolka's Horns Band", Vinnie Sperrazza's "Apocryphal" and Marta Sanchez' "Room Tales".
Manuel Schmiedel lives and works in New York City. Since relocating from Berlin, he has become a notable figure on NYC's vibrant Jazz scene and is regularly performing in local clubs and touring abroad. He has been a sought after pianist for years and gained public attention by his collaborations with US jazz greats, such as Kurt Rosenwinkel and Dayna Stephens. Most recently, he has been stepping into the limelight as a leader of his own trio and his collaborative European ensemble "Limbo".
Born in Perugia (Italy), started playing clarinet at the age of 11. At 15 he switched to electric bass and at 19 to Double bass. He studied classical bass 2005-2009 with Silvio Bruni. After that he was at the "Walter Staufer " Academy in Cremona with Franco Petracchi to continue his classical training. He moved to Berlin in 2010 to study Jazz Double Bass with Greg Cohen, John Hollenbeck and Kurt Rosenwinkel. He played with: Joe Chambers, Billy Hart, Nasheet Waits,, Fred Hersch, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jim Mcneely, Lewis Nash, Jay Anderson, Ronnie Burrage, Pietro Tonolo, Gabriele Mirabassi, Elias Stemeseder, Dado Moroni, Joe Hisaishi, Louis Bacalov, Nicola Piovani, David Russel, Marco Socias.
Baumgärtner, son of a classical violinist and a pianist, grew up in Lörrach with classical music. At the age of nine he received drum lessons. At age 12, he won his first competition Jugend musiziert. He became a young scholar of the Basel Jazz School. During a lengthy musical stay in New York City, he took lessons from Clarence Penn and Jochen Rückert. In 2006 he began studying at the Jazz Institute Berlin with John Hollenbeck, Jeff Ballard and Jim Black, which he successfully completed in the summer of 2011.
Baumgärtner was a founding member of Charlotte Greve's Lisbeth Quartet in 2009. He also belongs to the Nu Jazz band Melt Trio to the two brothers Peter and Bernhard Meyer, with whom he released in 2011 the album Melt and 2013 Hymnolia. He also accompanies Johanna Borchert, Johannes Bigge and Philipp Gropper and went on tour with the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra. Baumgärtner performed with Perry Robinson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Theo Bleckmann, Hayden Chisholm, Ack van Rooyen, Christian Weidner, Gabriel Coburger, Johannes Lauer and Julia Hülsmann. Between 2010 and 2014 he also played with the band Bonaparte. He has performed internationally on concert tours and has performed at international festivals such as Jazz Baltica, the Moers Festival, Jazzfest Berlin, the Lugano Jazzfestival and Jazzdor Strasbourg, but also at Rock am Ring.