Multi-instrumentalist with looping pedals seeks live audience. Mr. Ben Ezra is indeed a multi-instrumentalist, although here he predominately uses an upright bass with a plethora of effects pedals. He has also found his live audience, as this is a recording of what appears to be akin to a house concert. All is live, although some tracks are lacking the applause at the end. Some of this is up on YouTube as well, and is well worth seeking out.
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"Playing and recording the 'Pin Drop' album at ‘Little Big Beat Studios’ in Liechtenstein has undoubtedly been one of the most unique and creative experiences I've ever had.
Recording an album in front of a live audience is a big challenge, it requires a lot of focus and attention since the songs are being played only once, with no option for re-takes.
Luckily I had everything I needed to help me rise through this challenge.
The 'Hi Fi' studio is equipped with all the facilities I could imagine and more! Great staff who created such a pleasant and supportive environment. There was even a barbecue grill on the balcony for delicious lunch breaks and this was all in front of the stunning green hills that surround the studio… a true artist’s haven.
Since the whole session was recorded through an analog tape, which had only 30 minutes duration, we divided the session into two focused sets with a brief interval for switching the tape. This contributed to the retro feeling whilst playing, the way musicians would have recorded before they introduced digital recording. Nothing compares to the quality of analog tape enhancing the warm sound of the bass.
The atmosphere in the room during the recording session was electrifying! The audience was asked to remain as quiet as possible so as not to interrupt the recording. This allowed for an even more attentive audience and it created such an immense energy. The sheer intensity of this silence and the effect it had on my playing is what inspired me to call the album Pin Drop. This rare experience of quiet before applause is something a musician rarely has the privilege to encounter.
I've learned so much during this experience. I believe it has sharpened my performance, improved my ability to really understand what it means to be in the moment and for this I am very grateful". - Adam Ben Ezra.
released May 19, 2017
All music composed and arranged by Adam Ben Ezra, aside from:
- Dear Prudence (Composed by Lennon-McCartney, arranged by Adam Ben Ezra)
- Lord of Forgiveness (Jewish traditional composition, arranged by Adam Ben Ezra)
Double-Bass, Vocals, Piano, Clarinet and Flamenco footwork: Adam Ben Ezra
Recorded by Little Konzett at Little Big Beat Studios - Eschen/Liechtenstein
Mixed and mastered by Little Konzett at Little Big Beat Studios – Weiler/Austria
Technical assistant: Kerim Bachmann
Production assistants: Olivia König & Anna Salcher
Photography: Matthias Rhomberg
Cinematography: Marco Rusch, Johannes Kogler, Bernhard Samson, Petre Mathislav, Chris Laine.
Video editing: Marco Rusch
Graphic Design: YONIL www.yonil.com
Print production: Victor Levin
Love and support: Natalie Ben Ezra
Double-Bass phenomenon and online sensation Adam Ben Ezra; a man seemingly on a mission to bring his instrument from its
status as a background note to the dominant front-presence it deserves. Along the way Adam has been pushing his craft in new, exciting directions and carving out a unique spot for himself in today’s international musical landscape....more