‘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.
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“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” Paquito D’Rivera recording for Vana's Making Memories CD (ENJA
This is an album of great beauty and elegance.” London Jazz Review (of Vana’s
new CD Making Memories)
Imagine recombining the musical DNA of Herbie, Keith, and Chick with a
samba band and you’ve got a
notion of what piano phenom Werner “Vana” Gierig’s latest CD is like.
What makes the CD (A New Day) a multi-play for me is an abundance of fresh
compositional brainstorms for revitalizing
the piano trio
New York, NY
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students
taught privately for many years
piano, harmony, improvisation
re-harmonization techniques in improvisation
different formats depending on circumstances (age group of kids or students,
type of school or college,