Lena Bloch

Instrument: Saxophone | Location: New York City

Born: January 31, 1971

“In jazz”, muses Lena Bloch, “many things come together that are thought of as opposites: mind and feeling, responsibility and abandonment, looseness and precision, improvisation and composition. I just love that.”

Lena’s love for jazz has taken her on a challenging and circuitous voyage. Born in Moscow, Russia, Lena immigrated to Israel in 1989, then moved to Europe, where she was a part of the European jazz scene (Germany and Holland) for 12 years, finally came to the United States, earning Master's Degree in Composition and moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2008, where she quickly became a contributor to one of the most fertile and interesting jazz scenes of recent memory.

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LENA BLOCH & FEATHERY

“The stunning thing about every performance here is the delicate blend of composed music and spontaneous invention.” — Donald Elfman, NYC Jazz Record

“Not a single note is ever wasted. This is Free Jazz in every sense of the word.” – Fritz Balwit, Audiophile Audition

“…unwaveringly cohesive…bone-deep gorgeousness…complex, compelling and beautiful, sounds of the highest quality and inspiration laid down by a premier jazz quartet.”—Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

“Bloch’s sound suggests the complex worlds of players like Warne Marsh, richly moving yet never cliched.” – Donald Elfman, New York City Jazz Record

“Her instincts point to ingenuity in all things.” - Jordan Richardson, Canadian Audiophile

“Deliberate in the extreme, waiting for the right moments to drop flowing lines, and rewards the listener when those opportunities arise.” – Pete Fenech, Downbeat Magazine

“Bloch demonstrates a wonderful melodic sense, a tremendous musical imagination and, yes, a feathery touch.” – Paul Freeman, Pop Culture Classics

“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

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

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 Saxophonbuch 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, $50/45-min, $40/30-min, $20 max. travel surcharge (depends on time and transportation required).

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Recordings

Events

Date Detail Price
Dec15Sat
8:00 pm
Lena Bloch & Feathery
Ibeam
Brooklyn, NY
$15