Adam ben ezra
Release date: MAy 19, 2017
"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.
About adam ben ezra
Israeli double bassist Adam Ben Ezra is a phenomenon. An incomparable multi-instrumentalist and online sensation with over 10 million YouTube views, he is a man seemingly on a mission to bring his instrument from its status as a background note to the dominant front-presence it deserves. Recorded in front of a live audience, Pin Drop showcases not just a virtuoso performer but also a sensitive composer with no musical boundaries, combining elements of modern jazz, rock and world music to create a sweeping, fascinating and versatile album.
Ben Ezra began playing the violin at age five and picked up the guitar at age nine. Over the years, he has added the piano, clarinet, oud, flute and cajón to his arsenal, largely teaching himself each time. However, it was an introduction to the double bass at age 16 that truly changed his life and he instantly fell in love with the instrument’s rich sound. Drawinginspiration from artists as diverse as Bach, Sting, Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea, Ben Ezra made a clear decision to make his compositions current – no matter the tool used. He has consciously added new colors to his palette, incorporating elements of jazz, Latin and Mediterranean music into his playing.
“Playing and recording Pin Drop has undoubtedly been one of the most unique and creative experiences I’ve ever had” explains Ben Ezra. “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. 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.”
Although a bonafide star in the internet world, Ben Ezra’s success is certainly not limited to the web, having performed around the globe and shared stages with some of the world’s fusion giants - including Pat Metheny, Victor Wooten, Richard Bona and Mike Stern - over the last few years. With Pin Drop Ben Ezra continues to push his craft in new, exciting directions and is carving out a unique spot for himself in today’s international musical landscape.