Henrique Eisenmann told an audience of 60 at the 1900 Building on Saturday, July 13, that he and the Israeli bassist Ehud Ettun were acting as “musical archeologists.” A $26 charge at the door funded the sonic dig.
True to Eisenmann’s word, the duo unearthed music from around the globe. They breathed new life into Russian folk, Kansas City bebop, Bulgarian chant, Brazilian samba and a Ghanese children’s song. A cover of Green Day’s “Basket Case” was the least esoteric selection of the 80-minute outing. After applying a Thelonious Monk-style adaptation to the 1994 pop-punk hit, Eisenmann tossed up devil horns.
Eisenberg dedicated the performance to the concept of “dialogue” and insisted that “music helps us learn to listen.” When improvised music is as full of surprises and artistic mastery as Sunday’s riveting showcase, attentive listening is as rewarding as it is edifying.
Plastic Sax also reviewed the duo’s 2018 concert at the same venue.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)