Written by Jim Eigo:
Outstanding Pianist David Helbock Plays in Three “bands” in One Night
On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at 7:30 PM,
an exciting evening of experimental music at the Austrian Cultural Forum New
York (11 East 52 Street; Free admission, rsvp required at
has 27 year-old Austrian pianist David Helbock meet various musicians in
a quest to create a vibrant and utterly unique sound. Presenting different
constellations throughout the evening, Helbock will team up with his frequent
Austrian collaborators Simon Frick and Alfred Vogel, as well as
NYC-based tubist extraordinaire, Marcus Rojas.
To kick off the free music extravaganza appropriately titled Helbock Meets…,
Helbock will pair up with Simon Frick, a violin virtuoso with his own language
of sound, to perform their own compositions, including pieces from David
Helbock’s Personal Realbook (2009), in which he wrote a new tune every day for a
whole year. The two musicians have been playing together since their school days.
Another pairing brings Helbock together with percussionist Alfred Vogel in a
duo they callHellhound & Bird. Their collaborations revolve around film and the
interplay between images and sound; David Lynch and the Gesamtkunstwerk aspect
of his oeuvre are a frequent inspiration.
Finally, "phenomenal tubist” (Whitney Balliett, The New Yorker) Marcus Rojas, a
New York City native, will jump into the fray, to team up with his three
Austrian collaborators in sound.
By the end, the audience will have heard Helbock on piano, electronics,
percussion, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer, and electronics, Frick on violin,
e-violin, and electronics, Vogel on acoustic drums, pots and pans, and Rojas on
tuba. They will also have amended everything they thought they knew about those
instruments with the sounds of Helbock Meets…
Helbock studied piano and percussion in Austria and Switzerland. Since 2000 he
has been studying with well-known New York jazz pianist Peter Madsen, with whom
he plays in the band Mistura, and in CIA (Collective of Improvising Artists). He
has won the Prima la Musica several times and in 2001 was awarded the
prestigious Bösendorfer Scholarship (classical piano). In 2010, David Helbock
won second prize at the Bösendorfer Jazz Solo Piano Competition at the Montreux
Jazz Festival, and in 2011 he received Austria’s Outstanding Artist Award.
Helbock has toured and recorded with many different projects in the United
States, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kenya, Senegal, Indonesia,
Argentina, Chile, and throughout Europe.
Simon Frick studied classical violin at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in
Linz, Austria, and has dealt extensively with other musical styles such as jazz,
rock, experimental, free, and contemporary music. Along with performing his own
compositions in solo and band projects, Frick has performed with Daniel Schnyder
several times, with Christoph Cech’s Brückenköpfe Ensemble, the Janus Ensemble,
the Think-Bigger Orchestra, Peter Madsen’s CIA, and the George Crumb Trio.
Brooklyn-native Marcus Rojas is considered one of "the best all around tuba
players in the world" (Harvey Pekar, Jazziz). He has played at the Metropolitan
Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, American Symphony, Joffrey
Ballet, the New York Pops, Radio City Music Hall, the Art Ensemble of Chicago,
Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, and in ensembles led by Gil Evans,
George Russell, Jim Hall, Lionel Hampton, Dave Douglas, David Byrne, P.D.Q.
Bach, and others. He has also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman,
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, and The
Grammys from New York City. Rojas is a graduate of New York City's famed High
School of Music and Art and has a B.M. with distinction from New England
Conservatory of Music. He serves on the faculty of New York University, Brooklyn
College and the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division.
Austrian percussionist Alfred Vogel studied with Billy Hart, Memo Ascevedo,
Billy Ward, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Johnny Vidacovich, among others, and runs his
own label, boomslang records. Vogel is an organizer of the annual international
Bezau Beatz Festival in Vorarlberg. Vogel has also produced a number of highly
acclaimed records for South African singer/songwriter Brendan Adams. His new
project, Vogelperspektive, has been called an “outstanding approach to
avantgarde music” by renowned jazz journalist Wolf Kampmann, who went on to say:
“it's a very rare thing to perform highly complex music in the relaxed, soulful
way that Vogel and his comrades do.”
For more information on the CIA (Collective of Improvising Artists), please
For information on David Helbock:
For a sample of Helbock/Frick’s performance, please go to
The concert takes place at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, at 11 East 52
Street, between Fifth and Madison Ave.
Tickets are free but reservations are required. Please checkwww.acfny.org or
call 212 319 5300 ext. 222.
Admission to exhibitions, concerts, and other events at the Austrian Cultural
Forum is free.
Reserve tickets online or call 212 319 5300 ext 222.
Address: 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022, USA
Additional information: 212 319 5300 or
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