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). Lena acquired her first graduate degree from Cologne Conservatory, Germany, in 1999. Same year she was granted a full scholarship to attend Jazz Workshop in Banff, Canada, where she studied with Joe Lovano and Kenny Werner. In 2001 Lena met Lee Konitz, who taught her the approach of Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh and his own concept of improvising

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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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Advanced students only.


TEACHING OBJECTIVES: 1. Improvisation (Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz) 2. Theory and harmony 3. Saxophone basic and advanced, flute, clarinet 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” 6. Klose, 125 Saxophone Exercises SELECTED TEACHING EXPERIENCE: 1. 26 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 $60/hour

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