About this project
Thank you so much for coming to this page and taking the time to learn about my music and my project! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a composer, pianist, and educator. I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and these days I live and work in Cambridge, MA.
I’m excited to tell you about Recontradoble, the new album I will be recording this summer with my group, the Pablo Ablanedo Octet. This will be my third album with the group since its inception in 1999. I have eight original pieces and two arrangements written for the album, and after performing these works with the Octet at festivals and clubs around the Boston area and abroad over the past few years, we want to celebrate these years of music and friendship with a new record.
Someone once gave a good definition of the music I make with my octet: “the sound is definitely jazz, but distinctively Argentinean." My compositions are inspired equally by Tango, Argentinean folk and rock music, and jazz and classical music, while the other members of the Octet are all primarily jazz players and skilled improvisers. We meet at the intersection of many traditions and perspectives. You can hear my music and learn more about the group on my website, and find news about the album and more on my blog.
My first two records, From Down There (2001, 4 stars in Down Beat Magazine) and Alegría (2003, 4½ stars in Down Beat Magazine), were released on the Barcelona-based label Fresh Sound New Talent. I also produced and recorded two songs for Fresh Sound’s The Sound Of New York Jazz Underground (2004, highest ranking of CHOC in JazzMan Magazine, France). This time around, we’re going to record and release Recontradoble independently. I’m confident that we’ll make something fresh and interesting, and I hope you’ll want to be a part of it too! You’ll be helping us, but you’ll also get something in return: on the right side of the page, there is a list of pledges and cool rewards, from bonus tracks and signed CDs to a private brunch and concert.
To get down to the $7,000 dollar question, let me tell you what we’re planning to do with your generous help. The money we raise will go towards:
- Renting the studio
- Paying the members of the OCTETo
- CD production and distribution
Any and all pledges are appreciated! This is important: if you make a pledge, you won’t pay anything unless the overall goal of $7,000 is reached.
Let me introduce the musicians who make up the Octet. I‘m lucky enough to play with a group of unique and talented musicians who embrace my music as if it were their own. The dream team’s foundation is Fernando Huergo’s bass and Franco Pinna on drums and bombo leguero. Both of them have played on my previous three albums, and they may be the best bass-and-drum combo for this kind of music in the entire universe. Rounding out the rhythm section are the versatile and creative Eric Hofbauer on guitar, Bertram Lehmann, whose percussion gives the music an enormous palette of colors, and myself on piano. In the wind section, we have the resourceful and experienced Daniel Ian Smith on Tenor and Soprano saxophones. On tenor saxophone and clarinet, I can count on the energy, craziness and creativity of the future music legend Kelly Roberge. I’m honored to have the inexhaustibly inventive Mr. Phil Grenadier on Trumpet and Flugelhorn. Last but not least, there’s Fernando Brandao on the Flutes, whose solos are specimens of beautiful architecture and rhythmic precision. If you’ve been counting, our “Octet” already has nine members, and don’t be surprised if one or two more jump into the mix for this album! Voilà! Greg Hopkins a Boston jazz treasure and trumpeter will be our guest for the adventure.
Thank you from me and from all of us for your time and your generosity!
I'm delighted to announce that the incredible, inimitable tango vocalist Katie Viqueira is going to be part of Recontradoble, our upcoming album!
Katie, who is based in Buenos Aires, will be singing a cappella version of a piece I wrote "Almita."
Three new Octet(o) live tracks:
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