HABIB BENEDIKT ELIAS
SINGER / PIANIST / COMPOSER
SHORT INFO (more details on Biography)
The singer, pianist and composer Habib Benedikt Elias discovered already at the age of 12 the music of Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman and thereby his fascination for jazz music which accompanies him until today.
The free use of musical forms and elements, the improvising and the openness of jazz music to connect different stiles of music are the basis for Elias' projects.
Influences from the repertoire of the French Chanson, the Bossa Nova and the pop music flow into his interpretations and song compositions as well as his classical music studies (clarinet, opera singing), his experiences in film music composing and his interest in languages.
Quartet project "Songs from the Movies":
Jazz arrangements and improvisations on songs and themes from movie soundtracks.
(H.B.Elias-Voice, Martin Trostel-Piano, Florian Dohrmann-Bass, Felix Schrack/Dieter Schumacher-Drums)
What would be movies without music, without catchy songs? What would be "Breakfast at Tiffany's" without Audrey Hepburn's "Moon River" or "The Wizard of Oz" without "Over the rainbow"?
Music that enters in the movie or emerges from the movie, contributes significantly to the quality of the movie.
It doesn't only serve to complement the pictures, but also to explain the events. It points to moments of tension and release and affects eminently the emotional state of the audience.
With the program "Songs from the Movies" the top-class quartet around the singer Habib Benedikt Elias (who, inter alia, participated in the award-winning cinema documentary "Rhythm is it") gives to this music an own stage and tells with its jazz interpretations from Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" to "Al otro lado del rio" from the movie "The Motorcycle Diaries" its own versions of the stories from the world of movies.
A musical journey from the French cinema across romantic comedies to independent movies.
Video compilation from the "Movie songs"- Jazz Matinée, "Waldhorn-Cinema" Rottenburg, 30.09.2018, quartet with Martin Trostel: Piano, Florian Dohrmann: Bass and Felix Schrack: Drums.
Video compilation from the "Movie songs" matinee concert, "Waldhorn" cinema Rottenburg, November 2016, duo with Felix Schrack: Drums.
Solo project „Voyage":
Jazz arrangements of songs in English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian
When the different sound colours and forms of expression of various languages connect with the interpretations and improvisations of jazz music, it's a musical playground, and at the same time it’s a journey.
The title "Voyage" on the one hand refers to the musicians, the audience, who immerge into the language sounds and ways of story telling, on the other hand the songs themselves go on a voyage. They have, so to speak, to move from their comfort zone, to walk new paths. A song like "Sous le ciel de Paris" seems to be inseperably connected with the 3/4 waltz time signature, but it has charming aspects that are revealed especially when the 3/4 time signature almost doesn't appear.
In this project the poetic and popular French Chanson meets the Bossa Nova, which since the sixties has given new facets to jazz music, and standards from the American Songbook meet philosphical Evergreens from the Italian cantautore Paolo Conte.