Join us for a special open rehearsal and meet & greet with Latin Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler and his “Jazz Tango Trio” bandmates – Hector Del Curto (bandoneon), and Claudio Ragazzi (guitar) – on Friday, October 25 at 5:30PM at Schmitt Music Kansas City – free and open to the public!
“The music… is arresting. It is ferociously beautiful and centered around the mathematical precision of the tango… Horizons blur in mighty syncopations and juicy jazz sojourns and a new hybrid drenched in the blues and jazz emerges.” – Hot House Jazz
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Check out the official trailer for the Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio, Best Latin Jazz Album 2018 Grammy-winner:
For decades, Buenos Aires-born, Latin Grammy-winning pianist, composer and arranger Pablo Ziegler has been one of the most important figures in Argentine New Tango, the vibrant musical hybrid of classical music, tango, and jazz music. “He is cool, understated and makes everything look easy and natural,” writes Mark Swed of The Los Angeles Times, “just as a really suave tango dancer seems not to move with feet but on wheels, Ziegler skates the keyboard.” Dan Bilawsky of All About Jazz affirms: “When [Astor] Piazzolla departed this Earth in 1992, the torch was passed to his longtime pianist who’s been carrying it proudly ever since.”
After performing in tango grand-maestro Astor Piazzolla’s legendary quintet for over a decade, and appearing on iconic Piazzolla recordings including Tango: Zero Hour, La Camorra and Central Park Concert, Ziegler has led his own groups for over 20 years, refining and re-imagining the bounds of the modern tango tradition.
Recent season highlights include a performance at Lincoln Center Out of Doors in summer 2014 on a shared bill with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The evening included a set by Ziegler’s quartet – described by The New York Times as “rapturous” – as well as a historic, first-ever collaboration: Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera with live accompaniment from the Pablo Ziegler Ensemble.In summer 2012, Ziegler joined violinist Lara St. John at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Piazzolla’s historic Central Park Concert of 1987, in which Ziegler also played. The 2012 concert brought the largest crowd in the 107 year history of the Naumberg Orchestral Concerts series.
Touring throughout the world with his trio, quartet and mixed ensembles, Ziegler has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Colon Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Muziekgebouw, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro di tradizione Dante Alighieri, Zurich Schauspielhaus, Opera House, Kit Tropentheater, Tel-Aviv Performing Arts Center, Verbier Festival, Ravinia Festival, SFJAZZ, La Jolla Summer Fest, Montreal Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ, Ottawa International Jazz Fest, Laguna Beach Music Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Birdland, and many others.
In addition to performing with his own groups, Ziegler has been a featured guest soloist with many major orchestras, playing his own compositions as well as the music of Piazzolla with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Presidential Orchestra of Turkey, Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Metropole Orkest, and Jazz Sinfonica Orchestra in São Paolo, Brazil.
Pablo Ziegler’s Tango Meets Jazz project – which for over ten years saw an annual week-long residency in New York, starting at the Jazz Standard and later taking residence at Birdland Jazz – paired Ziegler’s quartet with guest artists including Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, Stefon Harris, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Garrett, Joe Locke, Randy Brecker, David Sanchez, Nestor Torres, and others.
Ziegler’s most recent recording, the Latin Grammy-nominated Amsterdam Meets New Tango (Zoho Music 2013), sees his quartet paired with the Netherlands’ Metropole Orkest, playing his most famous works arranged for jazz orchestra. His work as music director, arranger and pianist for bass-baritone opera star Erwin Schrott earned an Echo Klassik Award in 2011 for the album Rojotango. Ziegler’s 2005 release, Bajo Cero, won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album, and in 2008, his album Buenos Aires Report made the final list of nominees for the same honor. Other major recordings include 1998’s Tango Romance with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and 1996’s Los Tengueros with Emanual Ax.
Ziegler has been artist-in-residence at major institutions, such as the Berklee School of Music, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University among others. Learn more: pabloziegler.com.