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David Helbock

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Two rewards and the audience prize at the world biggest jazz-piano-solo competition of the Jazzfestival Montreux, a lot of enthusiastic/international reviews for his CDs and the most important prize in Austria 2011 - the "Outstanding Artist Award" - David Helbock, the pianoplayer coming from a small little village in Austria called Koblach, is with no doubt, has already had a great international musical career. Helbock is not only a great pianist, he is also a very individual thinker, who is investing not only a lot of dexterity but also quite an amount of brain activity to his projects

Article: Album Review

Michael Mantler: Coda - Orchestra Suites

Read "Coda - Orchestra Suites" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Non è mai stato semplice inquadrare l'opera del trombettista e compositore austriaco Michael Mantler. Trasferitosi negli Stati Uniti nel 1960, si è ritrovato coinvolto nel jazz d'avanguardia degli anni '60 a fianco di musicisti come Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp e Roswell Rudd nel Jazz Composers Guild di cui è cofondatore. Da allora si è sempre dedicato ...

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Coda - Orchestra Suites

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Twothirteen Suite; Folly Suite; Alien Suite; Cerco Suite; Hideseek Suite

Article: Live Review

Fano Jazz by the Sea 2021

Read "Fano Jazz by the Sea 2021" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Fano Varie sedi 23—31.7.2021 Nell'arco di nove giornate zeppe di iniziative, Fano Jazz by the Sea ha invaso vari punti della città adriatica, proponendo un cartellone ricco di progetti italiani e stranieri significativi dell'attuale ricerca musicale. Fra l'altro il festival rappresenta solo la punta dell'iceberg di un'articolata attività, estesa durante tutto l'anno ...

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Article: Live Review

Enjoy Jazz 2020

Read "Enjoy Jazz 2020" reviewed by Martin Longley


Enjoy Jazz Mannheim/Heidelberg, Germany October 17-21, 2020 Enjoy Jazz spreads over many more weeks than most festivals. This German tri-city marathon usually presents at least one gig each evening, in either Heidelberg, Mannheim or Ludwigshafen, starting in early October, and continuing until mid-November. In 2020, the datesheet flowed smoothly for ...

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Playing John Williams

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Hedwig's Theme I; Theme from E.T.; Theme from Schindler's List; Superman March; Hedwig's Theme II; Escapades, I. Closing In; Moonlight; Duel of the Fates; Hedwig's Theme III; The Raiders March; Hymn to the Fallen; Theme from Jurassic Park; Theme from Jaws; Hedwig's Theme IV; Star Wars; A Prayer for Peace.

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Article: Year in Review

Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2019

Read "Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Another year, another diverse group of releases. There were an unusual percentage of albums outside of jazz for me this year, for whatever reason. Although I opted not to review any albums by pianist/composer Satoko Fujii, she released five diverse projects—even after her 2018 marathon of an album a month to celebrate her 60th birthday—so I ...

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Article: Album Review

David Helbock: Playing John Williams

Read "Playing John Williams" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Eclectic Austrian jazz pianist/composer David Helbock has devoted whole albums to other composers in the past, notably Prince on his solo piano album Purple (Traumton Records, 2012) and several influential modern jazz pianists on the album Tour d'Horizon (ACT, 2018) with his band David Helbock's Random/Control. Arrangements of multiple Oscar-and Grammy-winning American film composer John Williams' ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada July 2-6, 2019 The festival celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with the usual dazzling array of musical offerings. And a few that were unusual: including concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of ECM Records (founder Manfred Eicher was awarded the Bruce ...

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Article: Catching Up With

David Helbock: Inside & Outside the Piano

Read "David Helbock: Inside & Outside the Piano" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Austrian pianist/composer David Helbock was born in 1984, and began playing the piano at the age of six. He studied at the Feldkirch Conservatory with Prof. Ferenc Bognar, where he finished in 2005 with an “excellent" degree in performance and since 2000 took lessons with the New York jazz pianist Peter Madsen, who became his teacher, ...


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