Part of National Chamber Music Month
"It would be a mistake to pigeonhole the pianist/composer Pablo Ablanedo as a "Latin jazz artist”: the lush, complex weave of his writing for octet on the new Alegría (Fresh Sounds) has as much to do with Gil Evans as with the tangos of Ablanedo's fellow Argentine, Astor Piazzolla."
- Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix
Tune in 89.7 WGBH on Thursday, April 26th at 9PM for Pablo's live interview with Eric Jackson.
Pablo Ablanedo Octet(o)
Fernando Brandao (flutes)
Phil Grenadier (Trumpet)
Daniel Ian Smith (saxes)
Kelly Roberge (sax & clarinet)
Eric Hofbauer (guitar)
Pablo Ablanedo (piano & composition)
Fernando Huergo (bass)
Franco Pinna (drums)
Bertram Lehmann (Percussion)
With Guest: Greg Hopkins (Trumpet)
The Pablo Ablanedo Octet inhabits the intersection where jazz and classical forms meet South American rhythms and styles. Cross-pollinating the jazz lineage of Bill Evans and Gil Evans with Argentinean tango, zamba, vidala and chacarera, and following in the tracks of Astor Piazzolla and Egberto Gismonti, Argentinean born composer Pablo Ablanedo’s written compositions leave ample room for the improvisational skills of his talented group of musicians. The compositions are tailored to the group’s unconventional lineup: violin or flute, trumpet, two reeds, guitar, piano, bass, and drums.
This dynamic, diverse, and international group of jazz musicians was founded in 1999. Since then, they have frequented some of Boston’s premier Jazz clubs, including Regatta Bar, Ryles Jazz Club, The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Zeitgeist Gallery and The Lily Pad; all are well known jazz scenes in Boston, MA. They played at the Berklee College of Music-sponsored BeanTown Jazz Festival 2011, and have also appeared at the Ottawa Jazz festival (Canada), Jazz @ The Consulate Festival of NY, The EAFIT Jazz Festival of Medellín (Colombia) and the Latin Culture Week at Berklee. The octet has also performed regularly at well-known Jazz Houses in New York, including The Jazz Gallery and The Knitting Factory.
The octet has recorded and released two full-length albums on the Barcelona-based label Fresh Sound New Talent: From Down There (2001, 4 stars in Down Beat Magazine) and Alegría (2003, 4½ stars in Down Beat). This summer, the group will be recording its third album of Pablo’s compositions, Recontradoble.