October: Eishan Ensemble
Middle Eastern jazz fusion comes to Sandgate with an 'on-tour' performance by Eishan Ensemble (Sydney), on 2 October.
If the beating heart of Persian music and the deep soul of jazz appeal to your musical senses, this experience may be just the ticket.
Persian-Australian composer and tar player Hamed Sadeghi, saxophonist Michael Avgenicos, bassist Elsen Price, and percussionist Adem Yilmaz are delighted to introduce you to what the group describes as their “new language of music”.
Like the beautiful Persian rose, this blend of two distinct genres is a symbol of something that unites people. And like the perfume maker, whose craft is in the mixing, Hamed said, “The most obvious common ground here is improvisation, then repetition. And it represents the emotion, feelings – sadness and happiness that you pour into your music.”
Hamed said eastern music and jazz were opposites. “Jazz is vertical. They have sections of small pieces, and every section might have a different chord or feeling,” he said.
“Middle Eastern music is horizontal. There’s no harmony. The beauty is how you form your phrases. As long as we know where the melody starts and how it finishes it can go on as long as you want. The feeling stays the same.”
So, how does it work, this music with the scent of Persian rose, infused with jazz? “Your body understands it. Your soul understands it. You try to play empty headed. You become very present to the musician next to you. You never know what’s going to happen. This is the reality of life. We’re levering the message of life through improvisation,” Hamed said.Eishan Ensemble Saturday, 2 October, 7.30pm Sandgate Town Hall Book online: www.musicbythesea.com.au