“In literally everything they do they leave the listener breathless, for scarcely has one thought through one of the duo’s idea, than another comes into being, unfolding musically more beautiful than the first. It confirms how jazz can work beautifully with other influences, making its universe a better place." (Jazz Trail review)
Bassist Ehud Ettun (Israel) and pianist Henrique Eisenmann (Brazil) met in 2010 at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and have since performed and toured all over the world, drawing inspiration from different folk world rhythms, chants, cultures and poems. The duo creates a unique musical universe, modern, thought-provoking, but at the same time lyrical, playful and full of improvisation.
On the repertoire, originals by Ehud and Eisenmann and reinvented Jazz Standards. Brazilian and Middle-Eastern music lend their exotic rhythms to Monk, Ellington, Steve Swallow. The concert also features pieces from Eisenmann’s latest release “The free poetics of Henrique Eisenmann” (2017).
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Eisenmann has always been intrigued with the idea of translating different musical sonorities to the piano. Eisenmann focuses on unique collaborations with artists from all different fields: dancers, poets, and actors. Among his latest releases, the 2017 album "The Free Poetics of Henrique Eisenmann" (Red Piano Records) has drawn unanimous praise from critics across the world. Eisenmann has performed in numerous international jazz festivals and has worked with dozens of outstanding musicians such as Gunther Schuller, Luciana Souza, George Garzone, Matti Caspi and Tom Zé. His doctoral thesis explored the idea of free improvisation as an international phenomenon. Henrique is on the jazz piano faculty at the New England Conservatory and works as artistic director of the JazzLab festival.
Israeli Bassist Ehud Ettun has introduced himself to the international Jazz scene playing with George Garzone, Fred Hersch, Danilo Perez, Donny McCaslin, Anat Cohen, Donny McCaslin, Eli
Degibri and others. He is known for his unique approach to the upright bass as a melodic instrument, and not only as a bass instrument. His uniquely developed techniques make him a highly demanded bassist all around the world.
He has performed in venues ranging from Blue Note, New York, to Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and concerts and festivals in Europe, North America South America and Asia.
Ehud Ettun is also the founder and artistic director of Internal Compass Music, and leading various projects in Jerusalem and worldwide.