Twelve Times Around the Globe
By Ralf Thürsam
Standard jazz and pop pieces again? But yes, please! Because even with music that seems to be all too familiar, Irit Dekel and Eldad Zitrin prove themselves masters of ingenious deviation and brilliant transformation. How magnificently this works can be witnessed on Sunday night at the Columbia Theater.
Potsdam. Singer Irit Dekel and Eldad Zitrin (guitar, piano, accordion) really did it this time. Popular wisdom would say that the duo from Israel went heavily against the grain with the twelve pieces represented on their album „Last Of Songs“. That’s true, and then again, it’s not. Yes, the two held the great American Song Book on their knees and flicked through it. No question that they did strike it rich. Because the book includes evergreens which seem to have been written to last for half an eternity. At least.
Both of them show just enough respect.
Yet with Irit and Eldad, things did not turn into the umpteenth rehash disguised as jazz but into a delicately floating, almost movie-like approximation. And with that, the two of them show only as much respect as necessary. So that they can, the very next moment, ignore all rules and joyously create something entirely different from those originals which in the past, have often been stretched ad nauseam.
Let’s take a look at the Everly Brothers with „Bye Bye Love“. This time, the piece is slowed down considerably and presented in an almost brooding manner, enriched with whirring electronic sounds and club beats. Then, tango and eastern European sprinkles are mixed into „No More Blues“, accelerated by the basses. At the same time, „You’re My Thrill“ turns into an Istanbul spy thriller indeed.
Drama with Exotic Sounds Such As Oud, Duduk and Qanun
On the other hand, „Get Happy“, actually prancing and happily swinging, has very great breath, including strings, reverberation and reed pipes. Drama, Baby! Sonic worlds and sound experiences as a constantly changing mixture. Depending on the mood or geographical turn, they are underlined with instruments which sound pretty exotic: The oud, a short-necked lute; the duduk, a Turkish clarinet or the Qanun, a box zither. Excitement everywhere. It’s easy – and delightful – to be thus ensnared.
Concert: Sunday, 17 July, 8 pm, Columbia Theater in Berlin-Kreuzberg.