David Helbock

piano | Austria

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.
“Accomplished, melodic playing and a leavening sense of absurdity.” (The London Times)
David Helbock’s fine musicianship goes hand in hand with a remarkable ability to communicate on several levels. As British writer Peter Bacon has written, there is “much to intrigue the mind, much to warm the heart and much to tickle the funny bone.” German critic Roland Spiegel has elegantly described his music as “never cerebral, but captivating both the head and the body...”.

Camille Bertault is France's new star of vocal jazz. Charming, humorous, expressive and unprecedentedly versatile. Le Figaro calls her "an unheard-of talent". She became famous with breakneck virtuoso vocal versions of intricate bebop standards. Today, she sees herself much more as a musical storyteller, especially with her refined original compositions, blurring influences from modern jazz, Brazilian music and French chanson. Her connection to the piano, and thus also with her duo partner David Helbock, is a very special one - after all, she began her career as an award-winning classical pianist. And the two share a special love of Brazilian music, especially that of pianist Hermeto Pascoal. David Helbock, on the other hand, like Camille Bertault, is a master of storytelling in music. For the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Helbock "belongs to the generation of young jazz musicians who are currently breaking the boundaries of their profession", who are radically changing the musical understanding of old and new, of composition and improvisation, of style and personality, and who are going their own way. Bertault and Helbock performed as a duo for the first time at the Austrian "Inntöne Festival" in early August 2021, and the connection ignited instantly, both on and off stage. The first joint duo album is scheduled for release on ACT in May 2022.

Camille Bertault (Voice), David Helbock (piano)

With pianist David Helbock, trumpeter Sebastian Studnitzky and guitarist Arne Jansen, three exceptionally distinctive, renowned band leaders and solo artists of European jazz come together to form a very special trio. What all three have in common: the love for clear melody and harmony, a distinctive, individual sound and a strong rhythmic grounding of their music. Qualities that also characterized the “Cool Jazz” steam in jazz of the 1940s and 50s to which the trio now ties with “The New Cool”. And thus, also to a time and musical development which helped jazz, a few decades earlier the most popular music of its time, to regain new vitality and popularity. The focus on atmosphere and sound, the reduction to the essentials, the emotionality of the music - all cool jazz virtues that come back to life in the music of the trio. “The New Cool” is by no means a retro project. As in their projects as leaders, Helbock, Studnitzky and Jansen draw on their broad experience and the influences of a wide variety of genres and trends - from jazz in all its’ facets, over rock & pop, to classical playing culture and soundscapes of modern music production. The result: Contemporary music, in the spirit of "Cool".

David Helbock (piano), Arne Jansen (guitar), Sebastian Studnitzky (trumpet)

18.08.2022 AT - St. Pölten // Jazz im Hof Camille Bertault & David Helbock | PLAYGROUND
06.09.2022 IT - Florenz // Fabbrica Europa Camille Bertault & David Helbock | PLAYGROUND
07.09.2022 IT - Milan // Blue Note Milano Camille Bertault & David Helbock | PLAYGROUND
16.09.2022 DE - Stade // Schloss Agathenburg David Helbock | The New Cool
01.10.2022 AT - Leibnitz // Jazzfestival Leibnitz Camille Bertault & David Helbock | PLAYGROUND
24.11.2022 DE - Bonn // Beethoven-Haus Bonn Camille Bertault & David Helbock | PLAYGROUND
07.12.2022 DE - Schwerin // KlangWert David Helbock | The New Cool
08.12.2022 DE - Berlin // Piano Salon Christophori David Helbock | The New Cool
06.01.2023 DE - Singen // Singen GEMS Camille Bertault & David Helbock | PLAYGROUND
20.01.2023 FR - La Tronche // La Faiencerie Camille Bertault & David Helbock | PLAYGROUND
27.01.2023 AT - Wien // Porgy & Bess Iiro Rantala // David Helbock
28.01.2023 AT - Wien // Porgy & Bess Iiro Rantala // David Helbock
31.01.2023 AT - Wien // Konzerthaus Wien Camille Bertault & David Helbock | PLAYGROUND
03.02.2023 DE - Lauchheim // Schloss Kapfenburg Camille Bertault & David Helbock | PLAYGROUND
04.02.2023 DE - Köln // King Georg Camille Bertault & David Helbock | PLAYGROUND
05.02.2023 DE - Bochum // Urban Urtyp.de Camille Bertault & David Helbock | PLAYGROUND
29.03.2023 AT - Linz // Brucknerhaus Camille Bertault & David Helbock | PLAYGROUND