I got the opportunity to go backstage at Boston Symphony Hall and hang out with Chick before his concert recently. Then he invited me to his private green room with a piano. We were alone, so I asked him if I could play him my composition called Gran Via, a flamenco jazz fusion tune, based on my time in Valencia, Spain. He liked it so...
27 Nov 2019
If you want to stream the tunes on my debut ep of original tunes, just click on this link.
10 Nov 2019
ABSOLUT is the 2nd single from Max Holm's ep DON'T BE A STRANGER. The award-winning Swedish-American jazz pianist is known as a near death TEDx speaker.
17 Sep 2019
Max Holm's ep DON'T BE A STRANGER is the debut from the near death TEDx speaker, and award-winning young Swedish-American jazz pianist.
17 Sep 2019
Containing three original compositions, DON’T BE A STRANGER is an EP heavily influenced by my time at Berklee Valencia, Spain with elements of bossa nova, buleria, and other Mediterranean music in a contemporary jazz foundation. The title track DON’T BE A STRANGER was inspired by a one-night stand. As a Leo with Pisces rising I’m highly creative, but loving, romantic and open-hearted. I didn’t want...
09 Aug 2019
We had an incredible time performing on a stage at the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean at Punto El Molinet in Estartit, Torroella, Girona, Catalunya, Spain! We were the Max Holm Quartet, featuring Choby Scheufler on bass, Pancho Montañez on drums, Joan Benavent on sax and Max Holm on piano. We performed a number of originals, plus a couple of covers, including James...
21 Jul 2019
https://www.festivaldetorroella.cat/ca/programacio/c/fringe-7.html I’m so excited to be invited to perform on Saturday, July 20 at 23:00 with the Max Holm Quartet. We’ll performing several of my original compositions, as well as a couple of standards. The band is comprised of Max Holml on piano, Choby Scheufler on bass, Joan Benavent on sax and Pancho Montañez on drums – all of them highly-skilled, versatile and award-winning musicians....
19 Jul 2019
Here’s a short clip of my live piano solo on Freddie Hubbard’s Birdlike at the 12on14 Jazz Club in Warsaw. My first gig in Poland. Birdlike is a 12-bar blues. We got a standing ovation and demands for an encore, something I’m told rarely happens at the 12on 14 Jazz Club. I guess people are too cool!
10 Jul 2019
We played to hundreds of people on this tiny island off the coast of Ibiza. The stage was on the beach with a beautiful view behind us. Take a look at the view from behind the band towards the audience during our sound check a couple of hours before the performance began.
06 Jun 2019
I signed a Music Licensing Deal, which means music I compose will be available for use in film, television, commercials and any other medium. The label I signed with is a Universal Music label called 10 Miles. It’s a catalog that focuses on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music. My first original tune coming out with them is called May in the Balkans. Hopefully, more original...
06 May 2019
Our Latin Jazz Band, Picante y Sabroso, was a huge hit at Musaico Festival on May 4, 2019! We had the crowd dancing salsa and shouting for an encore performance — something no other band was asked to do. It was a fun, relaxed and swinging time playing for hundreds of people at the festival in Valencia.
04 May 2019
Thanks to Downbeat Magazine for giving me the 2019 Undergraduate College Outstanding Piano Performance Award! It’s an honor to be chosen from among all the college students worldwide who applied.
01 May 2019
I had the honor of being asked by Rebal to play in his band for a concert at Bancaja Fundacíon in Valencia. We played swinging Jazz Middle Eastern and classical music fusion. Rebal has a growing following for his blend of Syrian, Iraqi, Moroccan, Sephardic and Arabic original tunes. One of my favorite pieces of the evening was our original arrangement of “Erbarme dich, mein...
01 Mar 2019
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A performance highlight for me: this coming Wednesday, December 5, 2018 I’m excited to be sharing the stage with Todd Purdum, national editor of Vanity Fair, former LA bureau chief for the NY Times, Times White House Correspondent and staff writer for the Atlantic. He’ll be interviewed by WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowenat the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. I’ll be illustrating musical concepts raised...
01 Dec 2018
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I’ll be performing at the James Beard Foundations Taste America National Culinary Tour in Boston tonight, November 2, 2018 at The State Room. The event features many dishes from top Boston area chefs: The band includes Sam Smith and Nick Groat. But most importantly I’ll get to eat some delicious food from top Boston chefs! Dinner Menu Created by VISITING ALL-STAR James Beard Award Winner Renee Erickson...
02 Nov 2018
This is going to be my favorite semester at Berklee College of Music. It’s not just because I’m getting into singing and songwriting, but because I have a lot more time to collaborate with other artists, while expanding my abilities into other genres. I’m able to graduate a year early because of all the credits I’m accumulated through testing out, dual enrollment credits I earned...
25 Sep 2018
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Getting ready for our gig at the Scandinavian Cultural Center in Newton on September 29, 2018. My band is Tristan Boyadiev Mitchell on sax, Tuomas Räsänen on drums and Sam Smith on bass.
19 Sep 2018
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Thanks to the Boston Voyager Magazine’s “Boston’s Most Inspiring Stories” editor for the post about me. You can read it at http://bostonvoyager.com/interview/art-life-max-holm/
14 Sep 2018
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Here’s a pic with my trio after our performance at the TEDx Beacon Street Salon at Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox, yesterday on August 27, 2018. Joining me were Kristalis Sotomayor from Puerto Rico on flute and Volt Witchuporn Jingjit from Thailand on violin. We played some original compositions by me and Volt, as well as a few covers of jazz...
28 Aug 2018
On August 16, I gave a TED talk at the Trip Advisor global headquarters in Massachusetts. There was an audience of about 800 people, although the main audience for a TED talk is the hundreds of thousands or even millions of people who love to watch TED talks. This particular talk was part of the regional TEDx Beacon Street New England organization. My talk was...
20 Aug 2018
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I’ve been asked to do a TED Talk on August 16, 2018 at the TripAdvisor HQ. The talk will be about how a near-death experience turned me into an award-winning jazz musician. Thanks to TEDXBeaconStreet for the opportunity. TEDXBeaconStreet is a regional New England TED that has gotten the most talks on the “big” TED.com. Our talks get millions of views.
08 Aug 2018
in Gigs, Uncategorized
When I play gigs, I actively promote them on social media, plus clients get a professionally designed PDF they can use to make posters and flyers or to put on their websites.
02 Jul 2015
I just delivered the theme song for the new talk show BREAKING INTO REALITY on AfterBuzzTV.com, E! Entertainment’s Maria Menounos’ channel,which gets over 10 million online viewers per day. The premiere of the show will be sometime in early to mid-July. Big stars from Reality TV will be guests on the show. Here’s the theme song on SoundCloud. © 2015 Max Holm via BMI. https://soundcloud.com/…/max-holm-intro-breaking-into-reali…
24 Jun 2015
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Blues Alley in Washington, DC, celebrating 50 years of jazz!
23 Jun 2015
I’ll be playing before JOURNEY goes on with The Crescent Super Band at the 4th of July celebrations at the Stadium of Fire in Provo. There will be 40,000 people in attendance, plus thousands of military personnel around the world. Journey is famous for their song, DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’, among others. We’ll also close the show, playing during the fireworks.