"Recondita Armonia" made DOWNBEAT Magazine's "Best Albums of 2016" List!

biography

Pablo Held (born 1986) grew up in a family of musicians. From early age on he was exposed to music from various backgrounds. At the age of 4 he took his first drumming lessons; at age 10 he moved on to the piano. With 18 he began studying with John Taylor and Hubert Nuss at the Conservatory in Cologne, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Pablo gained recognition with his own groups Pablo Held Trio and GLOW. He is also very active as a sideman in various projects in the European jazz scene.

He collaborated with the likes of John Scofield, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Till Brönner, Johannes Enders, Jochen Rückert, Uli Beckerhoff, WDR BigBand, NDR Bigband, Ignaz Dinné, Eric Vloeimans, Nicolas Thys, Dre Pallemaerts, Jasper Blom, Matthias Nadolny, Claudio Puntin, Claus Stötter, Manfred Schoof, Julian Argüelles, Kit Downes, Paul Heller, Henning Sieverts, Nils Wogram, John Schröder, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Ted Poor, Matthieu Michel, Domenic Landolf, Jason Seizer, Donny McCaslin...

 He gave concerts in the USA, England, Ireland, Columbia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Greece, Turkey, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Austria and Luxemburg.

Pablo has appeared on over 20 records. His own CDs have been released on the German label Pirouet Records and gained worldwide praise in the music media.

Music and Glow were ‘CD of the Month’ in various magazines and music blogs.

Pablo was awarded the Westfalen Jazz Prize (2006), the WDR Jazz Prize (2011) and the Horst & Gretl Will Grand of the City of Cologne (2012).

In 2014 Pablo Held Trio receives the SWR Jazzprize.

press

"Pablo Held, a formidable talented young man and his group have developed into leading exhibit to German jazz..." (Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise)

"... this remarkable live recording duly documents a potent Euro-American alliance... Pristinely recorded at the Philharmonic Hall in Cologne, Germany, The Trio Meets John Scofield is a wonder to behold.... To coin a phrase, these intergenerational comrades should really go on meeting like this." (Josef Woodard, Downbeat)

Held’s music concentrates on manipulating the waves of energy released by his trio as they twist into each other, move alongside one another, and tow each other across the channels. They truly move like brothers-at-arms. (...)Held’s trio displays crisp synchronized movements and a melodic timing that makes these tracks jump out at the listener. The trio’s incisions cross over each other and loop around one another with the proficient maneuvers of an acrobat team. This is where jazz music meets the visual arts, and Pablo Held shows a knack for making this transformation. (Susan Frances, Jazztimes)

„Held isn’t about art, he’s clearly about jazz, he just has his own unique vision of the future of it---and he will be shaping it.  A tasty work that pushes limits with a reason, Held is well worth checking out if you want to hear a real statement from a real player.“  (Chris Spector, Midwest Record)

„His music is freely executed but somehow tethered to an accessible form, function and sound. This is music that remains focused but is, nonetheless, completely unpredictable.“ (Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz)

„He proves to be a brilliant sonic chemist, capable of mixing any instruments in balance, making it difficult on occasion to distinguish one instrument from the other, but easy to revel in the aural concoctions—whether stormy or sublime—of his creation.“ (Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz)

"Music" is the name of Held's new album, and the simple yet meaningful title expresses a self-confidence that Pablo Held has every right to possess. Completely without pretence, and playing with expressive ease, his trio relies completely on the music's inner strength. Music with its own sound and unique atmospheric mood." (Arnaldo Desouteiro, Jazz Station)

"The Cologne-based pianist Pablo Held is already seen as a hero of the young German jazz scene. His new album will earn him even more veneration." (Ssirus W. Pakzad, Der Musikmarkt)

"With his third album for the exceptional Pirouet label, the young pianist distinguishes himself above all as a composer overflowing with ideas." (Norbert Krampf, Frankfurt Journal)

„If you had around 15 bucks to spare and wanted to make a contribution to the advancement of the human race you could do a lot worse than buy Pablo Held’s first CD, Forest of Oblivion“. (Paul Zettler TrioRiot)

photos

music

video

Pablo Held Trio - Nocturne

Pablo Held Trio feat. Chris Potter - Chiffre

Pablo Held Trio - Live @ JazzBaltica 2012

Short Documentary on the recording session of "Elders"

concerts

11.12.2016 Berlin A-Trane Pablo Held Trio

"10 Year Anniversary Tour"

13.12.2016 Schwerin / DE Klangwert3 Pablo Held Trio

"10 Year Anniversary Tour"

15.12.2016 Amsterdam / NL Goethe Institut Marike Van Dijk Quartet
16.12.2016 Utrecht / NL Tivoli Vreedenburg Marike Van Dijk Quartet
27.12.2016 Köln / DE ARTheater Pablo Held Trio + Menzel Mutze, Sebastian Gille, Niels Klein, Matthias Nowak

Birthday Party!

10.01.2017 München / DE Seidlvilla Mats Spillmann & Pablo Held
20.01.2017 Uster / CH Zum Hut Mats Spillmann & Pablo Held
21.01.2017 Arau / CH Jazz Live Mats Spillmann & Pablo Held
22.01.2017 Darmstadt / DE Stadtkirche Sebastian Gille Quartet
26.01.2017 Berlin / DE A-Trane Peter Weniger/Pablo Held/Phil Donkin/Jim Black
04.02.2017 Gütersloh / DE WDR 3 Jazzfest Pablo Held Trio feat. John Scofield
16.02.2017 Köln / DE LOFT Pablo Held/Christian Weidner/John Schröder/Matthias Nowak/Sean Carpio

"Pablo Held trifft..."

23.02.2017 Amsterdam / NL Bimhuis Pablo Held Trio
24.02.2017 Rotterdam / NL Lantaren Venster Pablo Held Trio
01.04.2017 Wuppertal / DE Theater Pablo Held Trio
09.04.2017 Köln / DE LOFT Pablo Held/Sebastian Gille/Christian Ramond/Dré Pallemaerts

"Pablo Held trifft..."

29.04.2017 Tübingen / DE Jazzclub Festival Pablo Held Solo
04.05.2017 Bremen / DE Alter Sendesaal Pablo Held Trio
05.05.2017 Köln / DE Altes Pfandhaus Pablo Held Trio
11.06.2017 Köln / DE LOFT Pablo Held/Matthias Pichler/Jorge Rossy/TBA

"Pablo Held trifft..."

07.07.2017 Ismaning / DE Kallmann Museum Pablo Held Trio
20.09.2017 Bonn / DE Harmonie Pablo Held Trio

Beethovenfest 2017

24.11.2017 Düsseldorf / DE Jazz Schmiede Pablo Held Trio

contact

Pablo Held


info[at]pabloheld.com
booking[at]pabloheld.com

 

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