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Pablo Held Quartet
Pablo Held
piano
Kit Downes
organ
Percy Pursglove
trumpet
Sean Carpio
percussion
Pablo Held

Pablo Heldgrew up in family of musicians. He studied at the Conservatory in Cologne, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is an artist of talent, maturity and sensibility, aware of tradition yet continually looking forward in search of something new. He gained recognition with his own groups Pablo Held Trio and GLOW and his collaboration with guitar legend John Scofield. He is also very active as a sideman in various projects on the European jazz scene. He has collaborated with the likes of John Scofield, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Anders Jormin, Jorge Rossy, Nasheet Waits, Marcus Gilmore, the WDR Big Band, the NDR Big Band, Jim Beard, Nils Wogram, Johannes Enders and Tim Hagans. Concert tours have taken him across Europe, both Americas and Asia. He has appeared on over 30 records. His CDs have gained worldwide praise in the music media; for example, DownBeat magazine included The Trio meets John Scofield on its list of best albums of 2015. In 2014, the Pablo Held Trio was chosen by the European Concert Hall Organization to undertake an extensive tour as ‘Rising Stars’, presenting their music in such prestigious venues as the Barbican in London, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and L’Auditori in Barcelona.

Held is a recipient of the Westfalen Jazz Prize (2006), the WDR Jazz Prize (2011) and the Horst & Gretl Will Grant of the City of Cologne (2012). The Pablo Held Trio also received the SWR Jazzprize in 2014.


Kit Downes

Kit Downeswrites, performs and teaches music, as well as playing the piano, Hammond organ, church organ and various other keyboards in a variety of ensembles.

Having originally been an organ scholar at St Peter Mancroft in Norwich, he left to study piano, organ and composition at the Purcell School of Music (where he now teaches) and later at the Royal Academy of Music (where he is now an Associate). Downes began performing with and composing for the UK band Empirical, with which he toured the US, Canada and Europe, whilst also performing with Acoustic Ladyland, Lee Konitz and Django Bates. He has written works to commission for such institutions as the Southbank Centre, Cologne Philharmonie, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Wellcome Trust, Darmstadt Organ Festival 2015, BBC Radio 2, BBC Jazz on 3, Jazzwise magazine, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival and London Jazz Festival. In 2015, he worked with Aldeburgh Music and Tom Challenger on a project called ‘Vyamanikal’ – a series of recordings documenting extended techniques on various local church organs; that project was later performed live at the Aldeburgh Festival. He has also collaborated with composers Matt Rogers and Mica Levi, electronic musician Leafcutter John, drummer Seb Rochford, filmmaker Ashley Pegg and artist Dave McKean. Downes has received a Mercury Prize nomination (in 2010), a BBC Jazz Award and a British Jazz Award for his albums. In 2013 and 2015 he was nominated in DownBeat magazine’s Rising Star category (US), and in 2014 he won the Best Album Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. In 2015, Downes recorded his first album for ECM with Thomas Strønen’s Time is a Blind Guide.


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Percy PursgloveAfter graduating from the Birmingham Conservatoire’s BMus(Hons) Jazz course, he received a scholarship to study on the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at the New School University, New York City. While living in New York, he performed with such ensembles as the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Birdland, and the Coltrane Ensemble and the Rene Marie Big Band at the Town Hall, as well as with Matt Brewer and Tommy Crane at The Knitting Factory.

He is now working as a freelance jazz musician, composer, arranger and recording artist (trumpet and double bass). Since 2005, he has taught jazz at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He is also director of National Youth Jazz Wales and a tutor for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and National Youth Jazz Collective. He is artistic co-director of the Harmonic Festival.

Pursglove has performed and recorded with many prominent artists, such as Thomas Strønen, Iain Ballamy, Bill Frissell, Paul Dunmall, Peter Evans, Jon Irabagon, Hans Koller, Dan Weiss, Matt Brewer, Michael Gibbs, Thomas Morgan, John Hollenbeck, Mark Dresser, Victor Bailey, Drew Gress, Ben Monder, Phil Woods, Claudio Roditi, Jeff Williams, Chris Speed, Matt Mitchell, Evan Parker, Jakob Bro, Elliott Sharpe, Vince Mendoza, Peter Erskine, Steve Swallow, Chris Potter, John O’Gallagher, Gerald Clayton, John Clayton, Dave Liebman, Dave Holland and Norma Winstone.

For the past twelve months, Pursglove has also been a Jazzlines and Jerwood Foundation fellow and hosted at Birmingham Town Hall-Symphony Hall. That has allowed him to compose a new work for octet and eight-part choir: Far Reaching Dreams of Mortal Souls, based on speeches and associated works of iconic figures through history, which will be premiered in October.


Sean Carpio

Sean CarpioBorn in Arequipa, Peru, and based in Churchtown, Dublin, Seán Carpio is a multi-instrumentalist whose practice incorporates song, sound and improvisation. An honours graduate of the Newpark Music Centre, Dublin, he also holds a diploma in performance and arranging from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He subsequently lectured for three years on the Bachelors course at the Newpark Music Centre, focusing on instrumental and improvisation classes. In 2004, he was a student of Sri T. A. S Mani in Bangalore, India, where he studied Carnatic percussion and theory intensely for three months. Since 2005, he has been active as a soloist in Europe and the US, and he has featured on nineteen recordings. In 2006, he was named Young Irish Musician of the Year at the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival.

Carpio has collaborated with visual artists and practices in a number of contemporary art contexts and has performed, exhibited and undertaken residencies at a number of prestigious art venues, including the Mattress Factory Art Museum in Pittsburgh, Serpentine Gallery London, MAC Belfast, Netwerk Centre for Contemporary Art Aalst, Banff Centre Alberta and Model Arts Centre Sligo. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Project Arts Centre’s Project Catalyst, an initiative to present contemporary art to new and future audiences. Through that initiative, he has premiered three newly commissioned suites of music. In 2013 he released his first album, WoWos.