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David Helbock's Random/Control (Austria)

File under: Jazz / World

David Helbock: piano, inside piano, electronics, percussion, composition
Johannes Bär: trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, helicon, electronics, percussion
Andi Broger: tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet, bassclarinet, flute, electronics, percussion

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. Thanks 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.
And there are plenty of those to be found on Random/Control’s debut album. A piano ballad adorned with contemplative poetry reminds you of (imaginary) soundtracks with its kitsch-free romanticism; lyrical passages lure with suggestive, almost chamber music-like associations of trumpet, flugelhorn, bass, clarinet, and piano. Faster pieces flirt with circulating motives or minimalistic echos, playful variations and precipitous dynamics. A seemingly familiar melody is abstracted or briefly deconstructed, rhythmical staccati and fluttering modulations meander through varying tempi. At times Helbock works several electronic effects into his sound tapestries, but they remain subtle.

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.

Info: David Helbock's Random/Control
Homepage: www.davidhelbock.com
MySpace: myspace.com/randomcontrol
David Helbock @ www.allaboutjazz.com

CDs:

Random/Control
CD 4547-2
release 10/2010

 

 

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