‘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.
Expanding from that core, his trio has often grown to include a variety of instrument combinations, such as Brazilian percussion, violin, cello, saxophone, and, as of late, the clarinet of Grammy Award winner Paquito D'Rivera, who is picky about the projects he chooses. “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,” says Paquito at the recording studio, as Vana and his group are documenting some of that collaboration on “Making Memories”, his 4th CD as a leader, and his debut on Enja.