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Vana Gierig

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: May 16, 1967    

Vana Gierig

” ‘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....
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Awards

Oct. 25th, 2004, Vana received the “National Performance Activity Award” from SESAC (Performing Rights Organization) for his composition Healing In Foreign Lands on #1 Album, Paganini: After A Dream, which he also co-produced and musical directed. 2003 Outstanding Achievement In Songwriting Award in the Great American Song Contest for an original Christmas jazz song entitled ‘Tis the Season of the Year” (co-written with Kathryn Williams). 2003, named a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for his composition “Low Features” from his release “A New Day.” There were 11,000 entries from all over the world. The judges for jazz were Pat Metheny, Arif Mardin and Bruce Lundvall. Awarded “Best Live Performance, 1994″ in Europe with Will Downing under Vana Gierig’s musical direction. 1986 Award from the Boston Jazz Society for “Outstanding Achievements in Jazz“.
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    Making Memories

    Enja Records
    2014
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    Making Memories

    Enja Records
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Making Memories

Enja Records (2014)

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“Vana and I have played together in the most diverse places all over the world, and his music always offers something unexpected and truly beautiful. That’s why I am here” Paquito D’Rivera recording for Vana's Making Memories CD (ENJA Records).

“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...

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Primary InstrumentPiano

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.)

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