Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in cooperation with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, will host a Jazz Concert by Charlotte Greve’s Lisbeth Quartett (NYC/Berlin) at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s Experimental Theatre Hall on December 1 at 7 pm.Dr. Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh is expected to inaugurate the concert.
The instrumentalists will be present—-Charlotte Greve (Saxophone), Manuel Schmiedel (Piano), Igor Spallati (Bass), Moritz Baumg�rtner (Drums)
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 Baumg�rtner’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.
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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.
Baumgrtner, son of a classical violinist and a pianist, grew up in Lrrach 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 R0ckert. 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.