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"One of our most inventive young jazz composers and one of the most innovative contemporary ensembles. It's music you need to know."

Pablo Ablanedo Octet(o) CD Release Concert: "Recontradoble"

Featuring: OCTETo:
Fernando Brandao (Flutes)
Phil Grenadier (Trumpet)
Greg Hopkins (trumpet)
Daniel Ian Smith (Tenor and Soprano saxes)
Kelly Roberge (Tenor sax & clarinet)
Eric Hofbauer (Guitar)
Pablo Ablanedo (Piano & composition)
Fernando Huergo (Bass)
Franco Pinna (Drums)
Bertram Lehmann (Percussion)

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 classical pianist Susana Bonora, with who he has been working since the 80’s. In 1999, he joined forces with a diverse group of jazz players to form the Pablo Ablanedo Octet. In the decade since, Pablo has recorded three albums on Fresh Sound New Talent Records. From Down There (2001) and Alegría (2004) received 4 and 4½ stars, respectively, in Down Beat Magazine, and JazzMan Magazine (France) gave the multi-artist 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. He is currently mixing Recontradoble, a new album recorded with his Octet after a successful fund rising project on He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, the french painter Lucile Chaurin Ablanedo and their basset hound Tosca.

"With his latest effort, Argentine pianist/composer Pablo Ablanedo pronounces a sense of joy. In the liners the artist emphasizes that this work "alludes to the happiness of creation." To that end, Ablanedo and his octet disseminate a set of emotive musings via a Spanish tinged luster combined with polychordal horn charts and more."
(4 ½ stars) Glenn Astarita, Down Beat Magazine (US)

"Pablo Ablanedo Octet is hot. However, to describe the octet in simple terms is to do the group a disservice, because their performances on From Down There are exiting, complex, intricate and fun."
Katie DeBonville, Northeastern Performer (US)