Chien Chien Lu is a vibraphonist, contemporary percussionist, and composer whose Taiwanese upbringing, classical music education, and passion for R&B grooves crystallize into a fresh and distinctive approach to contemporary jazz. Lu’s fierce authenticity and jazz mastery shine bright on her September 2020 debut solo project, The Path, which spent 20 weeks on the Jazz Week Charts Top 20, earned Best Jazz Songs in Golden Indie Music Awards and three Golden Melody Awards nominations, four Golden Indie Music Awards nominations and led to Lu’s being named the “vibraphone rising star” in Downbeat Magazine’s 69th Annual Critics Poll. Lu’s band has also played many prestigious festivals including the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, and toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Accompanied on The Path by an elite cast of musicians, Lu offers a unique, intersectional perspective on modern jazz as a Taiwanese-born woman vibraphonist with a masters in classical music from Taipei National University of the Arts as well as in jazz from University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
In her time as a classical percussionist, Lu has collaborated with composer Ching-Mei Lin and performed her marimba concerto for six-mallet marimba entitled Pulsing Wave, performed a solo percussion concert at Taipei Novel Hall, and in 2014, was named “Emerging Young Artist” for her work with her marimba duo at Taipei University of the Arts.
In 2015, Lu came to the United States to study jazz vibraphone with Philadelphia’s Tony Miceli, and graduated with a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from University of the Arts in Philadelphia shortly thereafter. In 2017, she attended the prestigious Banff Jazz Residency under the direction of jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer, where she first met jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. From there, Lu began to perform regularly in the U.S. and was invited to join the esteemed Jeremey Pelt Quintet.
In the next few years, Lu will continue to record and tour internationally with the Jeremy Pelt Quintet and her own band, and she plans to soon release a project in collaboration with bassist Richie Goods entitled, “Someday We’ll All Be Free.”
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Chien Chien Lu
Triple threat Tony Yazbeck brings his signature style to the 54 Below stage with a new show, offering a celebration of song and dance weaving together a fresh take on classic and contemporary songs that will bring us together with heartfelt joy and gratitude. Tony Award® nominee Tony Yazbeck has starred in eleven Broadway shows, including On The Town, Gypsy, and Prince of Broadway. He most recently starred as Cary Grant in the new Broadway musical Flying Over Sunset, at Lincoln Center Theatre.
Join Krishna Das and friends for an evening of sacred kirtan music to benefit the Tibetan Home of Hope. The event is co-hosted by the Kirtan Wallah Foundation. Krishna Das is an American vocalist known for his performances of kirtan, a Hindu devotional music. Since 1996 Krishna Das has released sixteen music albums, numerous videos, and published two books. He performed at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where his album, Live Ananda (2012), was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best New Age album. Krishna Das tours the world chanting with people from all communities and walks of life. The benefit will support the Tibetan Home of Hope which provides shelter, healthcare and education to Tibetan children; a safe haven where children thrive academically and are able to connect to their culture within a loving community.
Gesù Nato, Thurs., Dec. 14, 2023, 7:00 pm, Corpus Christi Church, W. 121st St. between Broadway and Amsterdam —Antonio Bencini, Gesù Nato, a Christmas oratorio premiered in 1742 in Bologna —Antonio Gianettini, Magnificat Concert collaboration with The Academy of Sacred Drama
Premier coup d'archet (Opening Night), Thurs., Nov. 16, 2023, 7:30 pm, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center —Mozart, Symphony 31 in D Major, 'Paris' —Beethoven, Symphony 6 in F Major, ‘Pastorale’ —Beethoven, Romance in G Major Augusta McKay Lodge, violin
La musica notturna di Madrid, Thurs., Sept. 28, 2023, 7:00 pm, a private salon concert at the historic Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, at 12th Street —Boccherini, Guitar Quintet in D —Vivaldi Concerti, RV 151 and 157 Adam Cockerham, baroque guitar
COMPLETE BEETHOVEN CELLO AND PIANO SONATAS Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5 No. 2 Sonata in A Major, Op. 69
Chrystian Dozza Estudo No. 1 Isaac Albeniz Torre Bermeja Sylvius Leopald Weiss Sonata 33 (Dresden Suite No. 1) F. Moreno Torroba Madroños Graeme Koehne A Closed World of Fine Feelings Manuel de Falla The Miller’s Dance Antonio Carlos Jobim Felicidade (arr. R. Dyens)
Handel Violin Sonata in A major (‘Roger’), Op. 1 No.10 Mozart Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304 Mozart-Kreisler Rondo in G Major / Allegro from “Haffner” Serenade K. 250 Beethoven Sonata in G Major for violin and piano, Op. 30 No. 3 Schubert Rondo brillante in B minor for violin and piano, D. 895
Imaginary Folksongs for Saxophone and Piano Stephen Lias Imaginary Folksongs (Part 1) I Titania’s Bower II High in the Andes III Bonnie Bye Florence Price/Harrison Three Negro Spirituals Stephen Lias Imaginary Folksongs (Part 2) I Magic Island II Song of Light III The Three Jolly Pigeons Lori Laitman Journey Ryota Ishikawa Rhapsody on Japanese Folksongs Jennifer Jolley Lilac Tears
Brahms Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 101 Dvorak Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”
Mozart Sonata in E flat Major for violin and piano, K. 380 Janáček Sonata for violin and piano (1913-21) Brahms Sonata in G Major for violin and piano, Op. 78 No. 1
Andrés Soto Inocencias *NY Premiere Juri Seo Three Mini Etudes in C *NY Premiere Scott Wheeler Portrait Gallery *NYPremiere Donovan Stokes Sonatina *NY Premiere Toshi Ichiyanagi Linked Poems of Autumn Richard Thompson 6 Preludes *NY Premiere David Clay Mettens New Work *World Premiere