Lena Bloch

Lena Bloch

Instrument: Saxophone | Location: New York City

Tenor saxist and composer Lena Bloch has a gorgeously warm and mellifluous tone, sort of a mix between Lester Young and Warne Marsh, and she uses it to excellent effect.
—George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Updated: August 1, 2020

Born: January 31, 1962

“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 Bloch immigrated to Israel and moved to Europe in 1990, where she became 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. As a long-time disciple of Lee Konitz, Lena is an improviser, dedicated to spontaneity and precision. She has collaborated with former students of Lennie Tristano: Connie Crothers, Ted Brown, Harvey Diamond, Joe Solomon, Charles Sibirsky, as well as with younger players like herself, who are contributing to the development of the tradition of spontaneous improvising and open musical communication: Roberta Piket, Dan Tepfer, Brad Linde, Sarah Hughes and others. During her first years in Brooklyn Lena was featured in the “Four Extraordinary Women In Jazz” workshop/performance (with Connie Crothers) and in the Lester Young 100’s Birthday Concert (with Ted Brown and Chris Byars, Smalls Jazz Club)

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”Lena's unique selling point is that she has managed to unite an instrumental voice and a compositional voice into a single means of expression. Normally, this is another form of exile, the distance between the emotions and thoughts one has, and the ability to express them. But Lena, to abandon formality, has abolished that distance. It is music about life, a continuous suite of dances and narratives, the voice of someone telling her and their story, arrestingly and thoughtfully”. - Brian Morton, “Rose Of Lifta” liner notes (to be released)

“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

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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).

Clinic/Workshop Information

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Lee Konitz Lee Konitz
saxophone, alto
Yusef Lateef Yusef Lateef
woodwinds
Charles Lloyd Charles Lloyd
saxophone
Warne Marsh Warne Marsh
saxophone, tenor

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Heart Knows

Heart Knows

Lena Bloch
Heart Knows

Three Treasures (Russ Lossing)

Three Treasures (Russ Lossing)

Lena Bloch
Heart Knows

Lateef Suite

Lateef Suite

Lena Bloch
Heart Knows

Newfoundsong

Newfoundsong

Lena Bloch
Heart Knows

Marshmallow (Warne Marsh)

Marshmallow (Warne Marsh)

Lena Bloch
Feathery

Starry-Eyed

Starry-Eyed

Lena Bloch
Feathery

Marshmallow

Marshmallow

Lena Bloch
Feathery