Teaching Workshop in Tokyo

teaching a 2-day workshop in Tokyo, Japan. 2 days with the most talented students from 2 of Tokyo’s high schools.

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with the super talented piano students after one of Vana’s classes

Touring Japan with Billy Kilson

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drummer Gene Jackson (second from left) coming to see the band: Billy Kilson (drums, left), Will Lyle (bass, background), James “Saxsmo” Gates (sax) and Vana

6-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

Having the most incredible time working in Prague with my favorite arranger/conductor, 6-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra plus rhythm section. His new arrangements for Ute Lemper are amazing.

Vana & VInce Mendoza

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Conducting the Shanghai Symphony Strings

Vana at the Shanghai Symphony Hall, playing piano and conducting the orchestra’s string section for the “9 Secrets” concert.

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Great Review (& translation) from Germany Tour

 

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Start the year with a 5-concert Germany Tour: Vana Gierig Group with special guest vocalist Shinobu Honda

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We literally played in a swimming pool….fantastic & unique location with great sound and audience.

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Luxembourg Philharmonie, Blue Note, Vienna, Kassel

Great 4-country tour, which included the Luxembourg Philharmonie, the Blue Note in Milan, Porgy & Bess in Vienna, and the Kassel Jazz Spring Festival in Germany.

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   at the beautiful Luxembourg Philharmonie

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   the core trio                                                                                 photos by Shinobu Gierig

w/Quincy Jones at the Steiger Awards in Germany

Quincy Jones and Vana reminisced about the days when Quincy had personally handed Vana his degree at Berklee College many years earlier…

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London with legendary guitarist John McLaughlin

performing at Ronnie Scott’s…..Vana, John McLaughlin (gtr), Mo Pleasure (bass), Jojo Meyer (drums), Dan Reinstein (sax), Bertrand Fournier (gtr)

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New Video!

Here is a video of Vana’s new CD “Making Memories” recording, interview and rehearsal footage….filmed in the studio, as well as at Paquito D’Rivera’s house.

Vana Gierig — piano
Paquito D’Rivera – clarinet
Matthew Parrish – bass
Sean Conly – bass
Marcello Pellitteri – drums (all but “Morning Cadence”)
Gene Jackson – drums (“Morning Cadence”)
Vinicius Barros – percussion
Jane Hunt – violin (CD)
Pauline Kim – violin (video)
Wolfram Koessel – cello

filmed by Gildas Boclé