Lena Bloch

Born in Moscow, Russia, Lena Bloch immigrated to Israel in 1990 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, she studied improvisation and composition with Yusef Lateef (Amherst, MA, USA)

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”Lena Bloch is taking the reins in a way that coaxes incredible imagination from her performance. She jumps where other performers would’ve ducked. She stretches where others may have stood pat. And she holds where others would’ve moved. Her instincts point to ingenuity in all things.” - Jordan Richardson, Canadian Audiophile ”Bloch is a talent to watch, building upon the innovations of Konitz, Brown and Tristano in a singular manner.” - Mark Keresman, New York City Jazz Record ”Deliberate in the extreme, waiting for the right moments to drop flowing lines, and rewards the listener when those opportunities arise”

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Lena teaches: 1. Saxophone, flute, clarinet - all levels 2. Theory and harmony 3. Improvisation - jazz, klezmer, popular 4. Ensemble coaching 5. Jazz composition and arranging SELECTED METHODS AND BOOKS USED: 1. Klose "25 Daily exercises for saxophone" 2. David Liebman “Developing A Personal Sound” 3. Sigurd Rascher "158 Exercises" 4. Yusef Lateef “Repository Of Scales And Melodic Patterns” 5. Sigurd Rascher “Top Tones For The Saxophone” 6. Studies and Melodious Etudes for Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Levels I, II, III 7. Rubank Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Methods and Duet books 8. Das Saxophon Buch by Klaus Dapper, Vol I and II SELECTED TEACHING EXPERIENCE: 1. 26 years of private and schools teaching in Europe and United States (Amherst MA, Westchester NY, Long Island NY, Brooklyn NY) 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. Teaching assistant at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem, Israel (1990) Lessons in studio or online (Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts). Travel to your home is possible. Rates $60/hour local, $25 travel surcharge.

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