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Vana Gierig Trio
Birdland Theater
Thu, May 23 Open: 7:30 pm | Shows: 8:30 pm


Vana Gierig, called “a piano phenomenon" by Keyboard Magazine, created his own unique sound as much through his composing as through his style of piano playing and improvisation. At the core is always his piano trio originating from when, as a child, his parents took him to see The Oscar Peterson Trio which he went on to dream about. At times, his trio includes Brazilian percussion, violin, cello, saxophone, and more, whereas he toured with multi- Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera who also played on Vana’s “Making Memories” CD (ENJA Records). Vana continuously tours the world with his group, and as musical director to Ute Lemper, which includes exciting programs with renowned Symphonie Orchestras. 
 One of his great recording projects was with Regina Carter (who he collaborated with for 9 years), “Paganini: After A Dream” for which he was Musical Director and Co-Producer with Ettore Stratta and Pat Philips. The album went on to be #1 on the Billboard charts and to a sold-out concert at Alice Tully Hall, also produced by Stratta-Philips. As Composer/Arranger, Vana arranged the music for the 2023 hit series “Missing" on NBC/Universal.  He also was asked by HBO to compose music for the 5/6 Season Finale of its hit series “Sex & The City." 
Vana's Band will feature:
Alvester Garnett on Drums
Matthew Parish on Bass
& Very Special Guest Ken Peplowski