OCTOBER 17, 2021 _ 10 AM CEST _ [AMSTERDAM LIVE] featuring REBEKA RUSJAN ZAJC
Rebeka Rusjan Zajc [piano]
OCTOBER 17, 2021 _ 12 PM CEST _ IMPROVISATION CIRCLE
weekly improvisation session
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OCTOBER 17, 2021 _ 2 PM CEST _ ELENA PISANO TRIO
Elena Pisano [piano], David Macchione [double bass], Eloi Pascual-Nogué [drums]
OCTOBER 18, 2021 _ 5.30 PM CEST _ JIA XIA _ RED DRAGONFLY
Jia Xia [piano], Xiaojia Xu [cello]
OCTOBER 18, 2021 _ 7.30 PM CEST _ SIMON RIGTER QUARTET
Simon Rigter [saxophone], Timothy Banchet [piano], Steven Willem Zwanink [double bass], Marcel Serierse [drums]
OCTOBER 19, 2021 _ 5.30 PM CEST _ JIA XIA _ MID AUTUMN
Jia Xia [piano], ZhaoKe - Coco [vocal]
OCTOBER 19, 2021 _ 7.30 PM CEST _ AGOTA TAMELYTE _ KOŠKA ČIAS
This concert is rescheduled - new date TBA
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY _ ELENA PISANO & JIA XIA
Elena Pisano is an Italian pianist and composer based in Amsterdam. Her music is shaped by a deep
curiosity towards a wide range of styles, from the classic sound of the jazz pioneers of the ‘40s and ’50 to
the contemporary experimental sounds of the New York scene, as well as classical music and hip hop.
At the age of six she started playing piano, first studying classical music and then exploring other styles and
approaching improvisation with various teachers. In 2016 she moved to the Netherlands, where studied
Jazz piano at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
She performs with a variety of groups, both in Italy and the Netherlands.
Jia Xia is even more impressive, reeling off piano improvisations that are soulful, harmonically forward and marked by painterly restraint. In my notebook, I scribble a snap judgment: “Any scene would be lucky to have him.”
- The New York Times jazz critic Nate Chinen
Jia Xia studied classical piano at an early age. He began to learn jazz in the mid-1990s and then went to the United States to study jazz. After returning from the States, Jia formed Beijing's first jazz big band―Beijing City Jazz Orchestra; and participated in organizing the first Beijing Midi School Jazz Festival.
Jia Xia always insists on creating and playing his original music. Jia Xia was deeply influenced by traditional jazz, and because of his deep classical music background, he contributed to his unique musical style. As the first group of Chinese musicians who have received traditional American jazz education, he is willing to make bold cross-border explorations and has taken the first step of "ice-breaking" in many fields.
In 2015, Jia Xia moved to the Netherlands for further studies. In July 2019, he released the album “Convergence".