Interactive interplay meets chamber orchestra - how does that work? 
On his 15th album, Pablo Held embarks on a journey deep into the parallel universe between improvisation & composition. He is joined by his longtime trio, Brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras and the EOS Chamber Orchestra conducted by Susanne Blumenthal. Held’s compositions, arranged by his longtime friend and collaborator Niels Klein, shine in a new light and take the listener on an expedition into the unknown. 

“I hear you going YOUR way. You’re starting to go down the path least taken in life. Yeah! That’s an adventurous path and it takes courage.” 
— Wayne Shorter in conversation with Pablo Held


released September 9, 2022 

Pablo Held • piano 
Robert Landfermann • bass 
Jonas Burgwinkel • drums 
Nelson Veras • guitar 

EOS Chamber Orchestra ••• conducted by Susanne Blumenthal 
Carolin Pook, Katharina Vogt, Ségolène de Beaufond, Terese Pletkute 
Volha Hanchar, Christine Schäfer, Èva Csizmadia, Demian Agne • violins 
Pauline Buss, Lydia Haurenherm, Simon Pühn • violas 
Mateusz Kwiatkowski, Tom Verbeke • celli 
Matthias Akeo Nowak • bass 
Roland Meschede • flute 
Augustin Gorisse • oboe 
Kristof Dömötör • clarinet 
Eugenie Ricard • bassoon 
Susanne Knoop • trumpet 
Bert Bürgers • french horn 
Karsten Süßmilch • trombone 

Veronika Morscher • voice on ASCENT 

compositions by Pablo Held 
arrangements by Niels Klein 

recorded by Martin Ruch on September 6-8 2021 at Riverside Studios Cologne 
mixed by Martin Ruch at Control Room Berlin 
mastered by Christoph Stickel at CS Mastering Vienna 
photos by Nadine Heller Menzel 
cover artwork by Kilian Eng 
design by Till Kammertöns 
liner notes by Percy Pursglove 

"Much gratitude goes to Susanne Blumenthal who made this recording possible. Susanne is not only an outstanding conductor and a dear friend, but also a fearless initiator of musical ADVENTURES." Pablo Held

Gefördert mit Mitteln des Ministeriums für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen.