EFG London Jazz Festival 2019

David Helbock

‘Playing John Williams’

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Last Show: Monday 18 th November 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Award-winning Austrian pianist David Helbock presents music from his new solo piano record, celebrating the music of film composer John Williams. Blockbuster themes like ‘Indiana Jones’ or ‘Schindler´s List’ are reduced to their essence in Helbock’s unique, creative arrangements.

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“David Helbock is a musician to watch. [...] An impeccable pianist with a clear, crisp touch.”


Two rewards and the audience prize at the world biggest jazz-piano-solo competition of the jazz festival Montreux (CH), a lot of enthusiastic and international reviews for his CDs and tours all over the globe with his own projects - David Helbock, the piano player coming from a small little village in Austria called Koblach, has with no doubt, already had a great international musical career.

The new program „Playing John Williams“ is his 4th solo piano album after the releases „Emotions“ (2003), „Time" (2007) and „Purple“ (2012). Since 2016 David Helbock is an exclusive artist with the well-known, German jazz label ACT-Music with whom he released already two albums - „Into the Mystic“ (2016) and „Tour d´Horizon“ (2018). This third CD on ACT now is a solo piano album which is released end of August 2019. 

On this album, David Helbock deals with the music of John Williams, one of the most famous film music composers of all time, who wrote nearly all the music to Steven Spielberg´s Blockbusters. David Helbock connects seamlessly to two of his projects in the past.

On the CD „Purple“ (Traumton - 2012) the pianist dealt with compositions of the famous pop artist Prince and already back then transferred and reduced Pop Culture into his unique and creative solo piano language and on the CD „Into the Mystic“ (ACT - 2016) David Helbock, who was awarded the most important prize of Austria - the „Outstanding Artist Award“ in 2011, dealt with mystical stories from different mythologies together with his trio with bass ukulele and drums.

Already back then the trio touched the music of John Williams and played an arrangement of the film music of Star Wars - a film full of cross-connections between different mythological elements. Film music from blockbusters like „Indiana Jones“, „Harry Potter“ to „Jaws“ or „Schindler´s List“ are reduced to their essence and shine like new in unique, creative and jazzy solo piano arrangements.