Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pablo Zeigler @ Birdland 7/28/12

I don't seem to get sick of this - I've seen Pablo Zeigler in the jazz clubs a number of times.  It was nice to see it at Birdland - I've always seen him at Jazz Standard.  The band included Pablo on piano, the bandoneon, contrabass, and cello.  Special guest Regina Carter on violin came out a little after the halfway mark and stayed til the end.  I mean, how you go back to the band without her after that?  The cello was pretty amazing, though.  It was highlighted during the piece that was just piano and cello.

I loved the piece that started off with the piano, bandoneon, and bass all playing the sides of their instruments as percussion.  It was so cool.

It was a little longer for a jazz set, about 1 hour 20 min, which included an encore.  It was fabulous!

“Modern Tango mixed with Jazz and Classical”


“Ziegler Celebrates 20 Years of Performing in the US”

Produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta

Pablo Ziegler, Argentinian born modern tango pianist and composer who performed alongside the legendary Astor Piazzolla in Argentina and around the world, went on to carry forward the master’s legacy upon his passing. Being a Composer himself, Ziegler did so with a combination of the music of Piazzolla, but also introducing his own compositions.

2012 marks 20 years of performing in the US due to his enormous talent recognized by Maestro Ettore Stratta who initially brought him to NY to record with the renowned Emmanuel Ax for Sony Music. That was the beginning of a beautiful career in the states for Ziegler who went on to be featured at Carnegie Hall in “Tango Magic” and “Tango, Passion, and Swing” for the JVC with top artists Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Lovano, and Gary Burton (produced by Stratta Philips Productions) as well as Paquito’s recent Piazzolla Tribute at Lincoln Center and much more. “Tango Meets Jazz” at the Jazz Standard ran for over 10 years where Ziegler’s quartet was featured with guest jazz greats Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, David Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, Dave Samuels, Nestor Torres, Randy Brecker, Kenny Garrett to name a few. Considering his roots as a young man were in jazz, this was a perfect fit.

“Tango Conexion” goes further. It taps into his modern and traditional tango world, but crosses it not only with jazz but with classical – another part of Ziegler’s musical experience. Regina Carter, world renowned jazz violinist will be his special guest with whom he and his quartet will perform several numbers composed by Ziegler but not yet performed in public. Jisoo Ok on cello explores the classical sounds along with the brilliant bandoneonist Hector Del Curto and the very talented Pedro Giraudo on bass. A great artist of versatility, Ziegler will take you on a virtuosic journey weaving in and out of his music and his own arrangements of Piazzolla. ‘TANGO CONEXION’ is produced by Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta.

Pablo Ziegler’s mastery will be on view in a special concert at Central Park Summerstage in August: Lara St. John, Pablo Ziegler & Friends Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Astor Piazzolla’s 1987 Central Park Concert in the Naumburg Bandshell.

Ziegler came to “modern tango’ when he was young, and like many other talented highly respected musicians, at first he rejected traditional tango. For them, Piazzolla was a revelation! The traditional music of Ziegler’s people is deep within him though he has chosen the path of modern tango.

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