Music is a mystery. Music begins where words end...
Creative, open, hip and unique, Austrian piano wizard David Helbock dives into the mystic
“David Helbock is one of the most exciting players of the young European jazz scene. The listener experiences something new when he plays. And it‘s never ‘top-heavy’ music - it’s music that thrills the body and the mind” (Roland Spiegel - BR Radio)
“Musicians can’t really invent anything completely new,” says the 32-year old Austrian-born pianist David Helbock. “What we can do is to take ideas, and add something of ourselves. When things are working well, what emerges from that is something really exciting.” Helbock belongs to the generation of jazz musicians who are heading off in their own individual directions, pushing the boundaries, radically re-configuring our understanding of what old and new music is, re-aligning composition and improvisation, and challenging common pre-conceptions about style and personality.“These days jazz musicians often take pop songs as their point of departure,” says Helbock. “Speaking frankly, it doesn’t matter what you cover, whether it’s pop, classical music, world music - whatever. But what does matter is what you then make of it.” The press ha...line up
David Helbock / piano
Raphael Preuschl / bass ukulele
Reinhold Schmölzer / drums
Music composed by David Helbock, unless otherwise noted
Recorded by Klaus Scheuermann at Hansa Studios Berlin,
January 11 & 12, 2016. Recording assistant: Nanni Johansson
Mixed and mastered by Klaus Scheuermann, May 2016
Produced by Siggi Loch
Cover art by Gert und Uwe Tobias,
by courtesy of Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin.
On his ACT label debut David Helbock is adventuring “Into the Mystic” on several levels. The listener gains a sense of what Helbock means by “the mystery inherent in music” and witnesses how the mystical becomes the magical.