Jazz

 

Director  

Yi Ru is a jazz vibraphone player, tonal percussion player, recording artist, arranger and educator. A graduate of Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music, she has received high distinction scholarships from the college during her studies there. Her teachers include Shanghai Conservatory’s Percussion Faculty Ruwen Yang, Baolun Xue, Piano Faculty Fei Liu and Israeli pianist Sir. Oleg Roschin, as well as Berklee’s own Percussion Faculty Ed Saindon and Dave Samuels. Currently, she is the Director of the International Percussion Education Association (I.P.E.A.).

 

 Yi Ru has participated numerous times in city, district and national Percussion Ensemble and Piano competitions, and has repeatedly received the top three awards in these ventures. She has also been involved in large-scale performances (i.e. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization [S.C.O.] – a six-country summit’s celebration ceremony, The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation celebration ceremony, China International Festival of Arts etc.).

Other well-received organizations Yi Ru has been involved in include: the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Folk Music Orchestra, Shanghai Percussion Organization, and the Shanghai Conservatory Youth Orchestra; alongside these, she has appeared on both radio and television programs. She was invited as a performing musician for the Hong Kong Miranda Chin Dance Group, and has most recently been participating in Gooversity performances at Berklee’s Orientation Week, Beantown Jazz Festival, MIT-Brazil Invitation, Mass Challenge Awards Ceremony, Grooversity Festival etc.

Apart from these external shows. Yi Ru has been a part of the annual Lunar New Year student-led concerts at BPC, collaborating and performing alongside well-known composers like Dun Tan, Xuntian He and Deqing Wen.

Aside from the stage, Yi Ru has also been establishing triumphs in the music education scene. With her work in the Education Department, she has on numerous occasions, composed and arranged for student orchestras, which led to her contribution being awarded the Best Band Performance Award,  Best Creative Award, and at the Fourth Students Art Show & Folk Music Concert – the Best Performance Award. She led her team of students to win a number of Shanghai Student Art Solo Prizes: A 1st Place Award, three 2nd Place Awards, and seven 3rd Place and Commendation Awards, as well as a number of Best Group Awards. Yi Ru also participated in the main event for the Olympic torch relay performances, as well as the Shanghai World Expo promotional record

DONGFENG LIU, Pianist of Latin and Jazz music, Composer, Arranger and music educator. Member of the Pop Music Association of Chinese Musicians Association. In 2012, he was invited to make a special performance in Diaoyutai State Questhouse for President Xi Jinping and Cuban President he’s the Raul Castro.

He learnt classic piano as a child and acquired professional instruction of music in Shenyang Conservatory of Music accessorial middle school since 1993. During the years, Liu was instructed by famous Italian Jazz pianist MORENO, who had been the distinguished professor of Beijing Contemporary Music Institute. Later,he graduated from Central Conservatory of Music as a bachelor, during which he had Phil Markwize,an excellent Jazz pianist from Manhattan College, as his instructor.In2010,Liu furthered his study of cuban latin piano in Cuba and taught by a well­known pianist and composer ALEXANDER BOSCHEZ.What’s worth mentioning is that he’s the only Chinese student of GONZALO RUBALCABA, a world­famous Jazz musician that won Grammy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards for many times. And, he is praised for his great talent in Latin music by GONZALO RUBALCABA.Currently he’s studying for Jazz Master degree in Queens College of the city of New York.And, at the same time, he’s studying composing and arrangering from MICHAEL MOSSMAN, a composer and arranger and winner of many sessions of Grammy Awards.

Since 2000,Liu’s main work was teaching and live performance and composing. He was performed in different band composed of musicians from all over the world and worked in China Luqiao art troupe. He was the teacher of both pop instrument department in Beijing Academy for Performing Arts and jazz department in Beijing Contemporary Music Institute.

Organize dongfeng Jazz Trio — The first Latin Band in China­Loa Amigos Band pinao
Year 2011 Record American Rookie Singer­Heither Jakeman’s first album
Jul.2012 Invited to perform for Chinese Chairman­Xi Jinping and The Chairman of Cuba Raul Castro
Sep.2012 Attending 9Gates International Jazz Music Festival
0ct.2012 Invited to Perform with International Famous Latin Band­OCHUN
Apr.2013 Performed at Annual Meeting of China Hainan BO’AO Forum for Asia
Aug.2013 Attending to perform East China Sea Music Festival
Oct.2013 Attending to perform at Beijing International drummer Festival
Oct.2013 Attending to perform at Shanghai MIDI Music Festival
Nov.2013 Attending to perform at Chongqing First Jazz Music Festival
Dec.2013 Attending to perform for Jazz Association’s foundation at 9 Gates Jazz Music Festival
Jan.2014 Having an exclusive interview with South China Morning Post
Mar.2014 Invited to perform at Macau International Arts Festival
May 2014 Attending to perform at Beijing MIDI Music Festival
May 2014 Attending to perform at Shenzhen International Culture Festival
Sep.2014 Recording my first original jazz album­<>
Oct.2014 Attending to perform MIDI Taihu Music Festival
Oct.2014 Attending to instruments permance of NORD­international famous instruments
in Shanghai International Instruments Exhibit
Jan.2015 visit New York Winter Jazz Festival
Feb.2015 Performed with JOHN BENITEZ who won Latin Grammy Awards
May 2015 Performed at AO club
Sep.2015 Performed at SILVANA CLUB


Piano

PHIL MARKOWITZ, a 37 year veteran of the international jazz scene, is dedicated to realizing the full potential of improvisational music. As leader of his own dynamic piano trio, he exhibits an unyielding, progressive approach to his compositions, which range from hard-cutting chromaticism to the most lyrical expressions of post romantic ballads. His trio albums include Catalyasis, with his current trio of Jay Anderson and Adam Nussbaum, Taxi Ride (which features an incredible reunion with his lifelong friend, Toots Thielemans), In the Woods, and Sno’ Peas. His quartet recordings include Restless Dreams (with vibraphonist Joe Locke) and 7 + 8, with Italian saxophonist Maurizio Giammarco.

Recently, Phil has been heard with the all-star group Saxophone Summit (with Ravi Coltrane, Joe Lovano and David Liebman), but his credentials span a cornucopia of jazz; from the traditional to the avant-garde; from his early associations with Chet Baker and Toots Thielemans, through his respective twenty and fifteen-year affiliations with Bob Mintzer and David Liebman.

In 1979 he joined Chet Baker’s band. The four-year association took him on European and U.S. tours, and yielded such recordings as Broken Wing, Live at Nick’s Place, Two A Day, Live at Chateauvalion, and Live at The Rising Sun. During the 80’s, Phil performed and recorded with such notables as Mel Lewis, Marion McPartland, Phil Woods, Lionel Hampton, Nick Brignola, Joe Chambers, Miroslav Vitous, Joe Williams, Paul Winter and, Bob Mintzer. Phil is the regular pianist in Bob’s quartet and big band, and can be heard on such recordings as In the Moment, Softly, the Grammy Award-winning Homage to Count Basie, Quality Time, Latin in Manhattan, Big Band Trane, Only in New York, Departure, Art of the Big Band, and Spectrum.

Phil’s compositional notoriety began in 1978 when he was performing in New York with legendary jazz harmonica player, Toots Thielemans. As they were playing Phil’s composition, “Sno’ Peas,” pianist Bill Evans walked in, loved the song, and asked Toots to bring it to their upcoming recording session. Evans’ and Thielemans’ subsequent recording of “Sno’ Peas” on the classic Grammy-nominated album, Affinity, put Markowitz on the map as a venerable jazz composer.

Since 1991, Phil has been playing, touring, and recording with sax virtuoso Dave Liebman. Phil has been a pianist, composer, and/or producer on such albums as A Walk in the Clouds, Meditations, New Vista, Voyage, Return of the Tenor, Songs for My Daughter, Miles Away, and Turn It Around. They have also recorded two duo albums, But Beautiful, and the critically acclaimed Manhattan Dialogues, on ZOHO records. Phil is the pianist with the all-star group, Saxophone Summit, with Ravi Coltrane, Joe Lovano, Liebman, Billy Hart, and Cecil McBee. They recorded the CD, Gathering of the Spirits for Telarc International in 2005, and the follow-up recording Seraphic Light in 2008. As well as performing around the globe, Phil has served as guest artist and clinician in universities throughout the world. Academically speaking, however, his home base is the Manhattan School of Music, where he is a professor in the graduate and doctoral divisions.

In addition to his endowments from the Howard Foundation and Chamber Music America-The Doris Duke Foundation, Phil has been awarded composition grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The New York Foundation for the Arts.

Manhattan School of Music faculty since 2001.


Bass

JORIS TEEPE (acoustic and electric bass) is from Amsterdam and has been living in New York since 1992. He has been (and still is) working with many Legends & Stars in Jazz such as Benny Golson, Rashied Ali, Barry Harris, Bobby Watson, Sonny Fortune, Tom Harrell, Chris Potter, Billy Hart and Randy Brecker. His longest stint was with Rashied Ali (John Coltrane’s last drummer), with whom he recorded 4 CDs and toured the world for 9 years. Joris Teepe has been leading his own groups for 25 years and has recorded 12 CD’s as a leader. Teepe has composed over 100 originals, including pieces for Symphony Orchestra & Small Jazz Group and for Symphony Orchestra, Big Band & Choir. He leads his own Big Band in New York, performing exclusively his own music. He also performs his own repertoire as a guest soloist with local Big Bands.

Teepe also established himself as a record producer and jazz educator (Queens College NY and Director of the Jazz Department in Groningen).

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