Born: May 16, 1967
‘Making Memories’ is about the importance of creating good memories in life. They don't just happen, but we have to actively do something to ‘make’ them, since they will stay with us for the rest of our lives, continuing to shape, change, and enrich us,” says Vana about his new CD release ‘Making Memories’ on Enja Records.
German-born, Boston-schooled, New York-based pianist Vana Gierig uses his music as a language – one of eight languages he masters - to communicate these kind of messages. Called a “piano phenom” by Keyboard Magazine, Vana creates his unique sound as much thru his writing, as thru his style of playing and improvisation. At the core of his projects is always his piano trio, originating from one of those early ‘memories’ he ‘made’ when, at age 12, his parents took him to hear the Oscar Peterson Trio, which started a recurring childhood dream in which he himself was the one playing the piano on that stage....
CD/LP/Track ReviewMore articles about Vana Gierig
This is an album of great beauty and elegance.” London Jazz Review (of Vana’s new CD Making Memories)
Imagine recombining the musical DNA of Herbie, Keith, and Chick with a samba band and you’ve got a notion of what piano phenom Werner “Vana” Gierig’s latest CD is like. What makes the CD (A New Day) a multi-play for me is an abundance of fresh compositional brainstorms for revitalizing the piano trio...
LocationNew York, NY
Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students
Credentials/Backgroundtaught privately for many years piano, harmony, improvisation re-harmonization techniques in improvisation $75/hour
Clinic/Workshop Informationdifferent formats depending on circumstances (age group of kids or students, type of school or college, etc.)