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…

Quincy Jones

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)


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

concert series in Rome

3 nights: March 27th, 28th, 29th


Nublu Sunday Night Series

Vana Gierig & Spell will resume its series at Nublu on March 9th & 22nd.


Vana at the European Jazz Festivals…

at the European Jazz Festivals July/Aug, promoting our new CD “Making Memories”, and more…..


Vana Gierig – piano
Paquito D’Rivera – clarinet, sax
Matthew Parrish – bass
Marcello Pellitteri – drums




Fano by the Sea Jazz Festival , Italy

New CD Release

Vana released his new CD “Making Memories” in the summer, 2013 (ENJA Records), featuring all new music written by Vana, an eclectic mix of Jazz with Spanish, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, even Gypsy elements, sometimes all mixed up in one single composition. Some are like suites…others some more cinematic, such as his tribute to the city of Rome, as well as a piece commissioned by the Wharton Center of Performing Arts at Michigan State University, which he had never recorded. Vana recorded everything live in the studio, both with the larger group, as well as with his core trio. Marcello Pellitteri plays drums on all but one track, which features Gene Jackson. Sean Conly and Matthew Parrish both play bass on the CD, and Vinicius Barros plays percussion. Paquito D’Rivera, who has been performing with Vana as a special guest on many international occasions, is a featured guest on the CD – his clarinet playing simply sublime. And on 3 arrangements, Vana added violin (Jane Hunt) and cello (Wolfram Koessel) to the clarinet…. a natural choice, since he had been writing for that instrumentation for a while.

In Moscow

In Moscow with Ute Lemper (vocal), and Tito Castro (bandoneón), performing an Astor Piazzolla program at the Operette Theater for 2 nights (4/15 & 16).


At SF Jazz Center

At SF Jazz Center performing the Bukowski Project. Vana is a co-composer/arranger for this project.