Pablo Ziegler

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Pablo Ziegler
Born (1944-09-02) September 2, 1944 (age 72)
Genres Nuevo tango
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Ástor Piazzolla

Pablo Ziegler (born September 2, 1944) is an Argentine composer based in Buenos Aires and New York City.[1] He is currently the leading exponent of nuevo tango, thanks to the skills and reputation he gathered while working extensively as Ástor Piazzolla's regular pianist from 1978 until the maestro's retirement for health reasons in 1989. He played with Piazzolla's re-formed Conjunto 9 in 1983 for his Teatro Colón concert with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic. In 1985 Ziegler composed the music for the film Adios Roberto, and in 1990, he established the New Tango Quartet.[2]

His playing style, both sharply percussive and metallically lyrical, is instantly recognizable and bears some similarities to that of Vladimir Horowitz as well as some of the wistfulness of Bill Evans. As a composer he has taken Piazzolla's contrapuntal approach to tango music and added more jazz influence, notably with the regular use of a drumkit, lighter harmonies similar to those used in Bossa Nova, and extended passages of improvisation. Having created a bridge between jazz and improvisation and the new tango of Piazzolla, he was very successful with his 2003 album Bajo Cero, for which he earned a Latin Grammy award.[3] He has worked with a wide range of classical, jazz, and Latin musicians including Emmanuel Ax, Gary Burton, Regina Carter, Walter Castro, Paquito D’Rivera, Stefon Harris, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Christopher O’Riley, Quique Sinesi, Nestor Torres, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Metropole Orkest, and the Wellington Chamber Orchestra, with whom he performed in New Zealand in June 2014.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • La Conexión Porteña (Sony 1991)
  • Los Tangueros - The Tangos of Astor Piazzolla piano duos with Emanuel Ax (Sony 1996)
  • Asfalto: Street Tango (BMG 1998)
  • Tango Romance with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (BMG 1998)
  • Quintet for New Tango (BMG 2000)
  • Bajo Cero with Walter Castro and Quique Sinesi (Enja 2003)
  • Tango and all that Jazz with Stefon Harris (Zoho 2007)
  • Buenos Aires Report with Walter Castro and Quique Sinesi (Zoho 2007)
  • Amsterdam Meets New Tango with the Metropole Orkest (Zoho 2013)

As sideman[edit]

With Ástor Piazzolla

  • Tango: Zero Hour (American Clave 1986)
  • Tristezas de un Doble A (Meesidor 1987)
  • La Camorra (American Clave 1989)
  • The New Tango with Gary Burton, recorded live at the 1986 Montreux Festival (Atlantic 1988)
  • The Central Park Concert recorded in 1987 (Chesky 1994)


  1. ^ a b Oteri, Frank J. "Pablo Ziegler: Making the Music Dance", NewMusicBox, July 1, 2014; accessed July 9, 2014.
  2. ^ Pablo Ziegler
  3. ^ NME: Bajo Cero

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