Pablo Ablanedo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a composer, pianist, and music educator. In 1996, he graduated with a diploma in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music, where he took part in the last courses taught by the legendary trumpet player Herb Pomeroy. Pablo's artistic development owes much to the Argentinian pianist Susana Bonora, who he has been working with since the '80s.
In 1999, he joined forces with a diverse group of jazz players to form the Pablo Ablanedo Octet. In the decade since the group has recorded three albums on Fresh Sound New Talent Records. From Down There (2001) and Alegría (2004) received 4 and 4½ stars, respectively, in DownBeat Magazine. JazzMan Magazine (France) gave the multi-artist and big band project The Sound of New York Underground (2004) its highest rating CHOC. Pablo's work has also been commissioned by Paquito D'Rivera to be performed by Germany's NDR Big Band. In 2013, on the record label CNM (Creative Nation Music), he released the album ReContraDoble with his Boston based Octet(o). In 2019 Newvelle-Records asked Pablo to regroup the NY ensemble to record Chistreza to be released in March 2020.
A non-exhaustive list of players in Pablo's recordings includes Jenny Scheinman, Ben Monder, the siblings Anat and Avishai Cohen, Chris Cheek, Jerome Sabbagh, Phil Grenadier, Fernando Huergo, Diego Urcola, and Franco Pinna, as well as Aaron Goldberg and Miguel Zenon featuring in the NY big band album.
Pablo lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, the painter Lucile Chaurin Ablanedo, their twin daughters, and their basset hound Tosca.
There are times in the score when the music feels so lithe and delicate and
tenuous that the charts feel as if they are literally angular and elastic, and the
notes inhabit the musical tapestry forming a kind of shifting sand in the rhythm
section. Ironically it is also this section of the ensemble that is the glue that
holds all the other musical instruments together. This is especially true of the
composer’s pianism that is full of rhythmic and harmonic subtlety that seems to
be barely there, but at the same time forms the diaphanous fabric of the music
that flows throughout the background—and sometimes the foreground—of each
of the musical compositions and interpretations. There is no tango, no waltz, no
chacarera, no Milonga, but all of these rhythms and forms are spectrally present
throughout. In fact the music of Mr. Ablanedo seems to be written and
performed in four dimensions—those that are obvious to the mind’s ear and
those that are suggested and understood only by the spirit and its soul. Such is
the beauty and power of this music. (5 Stars) by Raul da Gama Latin Jazz Network