“Lena is an amazingly gifted and soulful musician from Russia who can eat most of her peer saxophonists on this planet for breakfast, lunch and dinner in one gulp. She can also swing you into bad health with any musical offering she wishes to perform.” Keith Copeland Originally from Moscow, Russia, Lena Bloch immigrated to Israel in 1990, to attend Rubin Academy of Music and Dance - and since then traveled the world, performing in various settings in Israel, Holland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, England, Canada, Russia, Slovenia and United States. In 1994 Lena received a full scholarship for Jazz In July workshop, to study with Yusef Lateef and Billy Taylor, and won the Outstanding Performance Award
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I felt as if I had witnessed art both translucent and powerful, with echoes of Lester Young and Brahms, of Eastern meditation and collective invention: strong but never harsh, sweetly fulfilling in its desire to ask questions without worrying about conclusions.
Michael Seinman Jazz Lives
Lena Bloch is a sax sensation...
Debbie Burke Poconos in B flat
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
1. Jazz Improvisation
2. Jazz theory and harmony
3. Saxophone basic and advanced
4. Ensemble coaching
5. Jazz composition and arranging
SELECTED METHODS AND BOOKS USED:
1. David Liebman “Developing A Personal Sound”
2. George Russell “Lydian Chromatic Concept”
3. Yusef Lateef “Repository Of Scales And Melodic Patterns”
4. Oliver Nelson “Patterns”
5. Sigurd Rascher “Top Tones For The Saxophone”
SELECTED TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
1. 22 years of private teaching in Israel, Germany, United States
2. State Music Schools in Germany (1999-2003) - middle and high school students, adults
3. Teaching Assistantship at the University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Music (2003-2005)
4. Amherst Red Barn Music School (2005-2008)
5. Workshop at Lyndonville State College, VT with Ambassadors Of Light (2004)
6. Workshop at the Berkshire Hills Music Academy (2005)
Teach at the private studio or at student's home. Rates $55/hour