As part of the European Jazz Festival Izmir (organiser: IKSEV), the Goethe Institute Izmir invited the Pablo Held Trio to two live performances in Turkey, in Izmir and Antalya.
The concerts will take place on March 12, 2013 at Akdeniz University in Antalya and on March 13, 2013 at ASSM in Izmir. Further details will follow shortly.
Glen Buschmann Jazz Academy in Dortmund
The German jazz pianist Pablo Held was born on December 27, 1986 in Herdecke. His father was already a pianist and composer, taught a.o. also at the music school in Hagen. To complete the musical environment, it should be noted that his mother also played the guitar in addition to the piano and also composed. To earn an additional living, she also worked as a piano tuner. With such a family environment, it's no wonder that son Pablo also tended towards the musical direction. Pablo Held first learned to play the drums before he began studying the piano at the age of 10. At the age of 15, Pablo Held was able to begin a two-year course at the Glen Buschmann Jazz Academy in Dortmund, which had a strong impact on his future career. Following this training, Pablo Held studied with Hubert Nuss and John Taylor at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne. First musical experiences followed with the rhythm group Robert Landfermann (double bass) and Jonas Burgwinkel (drums), until Pablo Held founded the Pablo Held Trio in 2005.
Berlin Jazz Festival and the London Jazz Festival
The first successes came when the Pablo Held Trio performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Berlin Jazz Festival and the London Jazz Festival. One of the special features of the trio, which always aroused the enthusiasm of the audience, is based on the performance practice of their musical repertoire. Only a few musicians succeed in seamless and improvised transitions between the concert pieces so fluently that the entire concert presents itself almost as a unit. In addition to absolute musical instrument mastery, the performance of such transitions always includes a particularly familiar and intensive relationship between the musicians. Three characters are not easy to reconcile in interaction. In addition to the Pablo Held Trio, Held also played with the WDR Big Band and musicians such as Dave Liebmann, Nils Wogram, Claudio Puntin, Claus Stötter, Manfred Schoof, Eric Vloeimans, Julian Argüelles and Hennig Sieverts. He belongs to the groups of Niels Klein, Sebastian Gille, Nicolas Simion, Denis Gäbel and Norbert Scholly.
Pablo Held won the WDR Jazz Prize
As a prize winner at the North Rhine-Westphalian competitions "Jugend jazzt" in 1999, 2003 and 2005, Pablo Held also won the Westphalia Jazz Prize 2009. At the North Sea Jazz Festival in the same year, the Pablo Held Trio was also a finalist of the EBU European Jazz Competition. In 2011, Pablo Held won the WDR Jazz Prize in the "Improvisation" category. Who is surprised at the transitions. Last but not least, Pablo Held received the Horst & Gretl Will Jazz grant from the city of Cologne in 2012, which is endowed with 10,000 euros.
So if you're a jazz fan or just a fan of good music and great improvisation, keep one of the two dates free, whether it's in Izmir or Antalya. The musical delight and improvisational talent of the Pablo Held Trio are already worth a slightly longer journey. Take the opportunity for a special concert experience. More information will follow shortly!
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