David Helbock's Random/Control (Austria)
File under: Jazz / World
David Helbock: piano, inside piano, electronics, percussion, composition
Jazz’s aspiration for freedom and its flirts with the classical music of Europe have history. David Helbock‘s sources of inspiration are spread all over the world, from Brazil‘s musical master Hermeto Pascoal, to his interest in Buddhism and Far Eastern philosophies. Helbock has his teacher, mentor, and friend, American pianist Peter Madsen, to thank for much of the stimulus to pursue these influences – all the musicians in Random/Control belong to Madsen’s band project CIA (Collective of Improvising Artists). Helbock‘s aesthetics strive for openness as well, playing with contrasts, surprising turns and fanciful improvisations. The twenty-six-year-old musician never takes the easy way out. When he started to write his own personal Real Book with one new composition daily in 2009, he assumed he had 1000 different ideas in his head. But he soon caught himself repeating himself, which only spurred him on. „I started to experiment with more and more instruments to try out other possibilities.“
Once again, David Helbock performed at the largest jazz piano competition
for soloists worldwide, during the Montreux Jazz Festival 2010. As in
2007, he was among the finalists; this time he also won the audience award.
to a well-founded classical training, Helbock commands an array of attack
techniques, distinguishing him from many of those „pure“ jazz
musicians. Such technical aspects do play a role for this 26-year-old individualist,
especially when they help in the search for unexpected facets in the music.
In every moment of the decidedly varied repertoire you can feel the band’s enthusiasm for their concept: a willful, yet equally balanced and contemporary musical encounter between philosophy and intuition.