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Ye Huang Quintet Celebrate's the Lunar New Year
Birdland Theater
Thu, Feb 22 Open: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:30 pm


Ye Huang, Saxophone/clarinet
Yimin Jiang, Vocal
Gabriel Chakarji, Piano
Noam Tanzer, Bass
Evan Hyde, Drums
About the concert:
Ye Huang's quintet brings a vibrant celebration of the Lunar New Year through a stunning musical fusion, featuring 12 new and original compositions from Ye's eagerly awaited album, "Huangry". These compositions brilliantly blend Chinese traditional elements with the innovative rhythms and improvisations of jazz. The quintet, led by Ye Huang, embarks on a captivating journey that bridges the cultural richness of the East with the expressive creativity of the West. Each piece is elegantly crafted to reflect the thematic essence of the Lunar New Year, incorporating traditional Chinese instruments and motifs within the framework of contemporary jazz arrangements. This fusion showcases Ye Huang's exceptional talent and versatility, and also pays homage to the deep-rooted traditions and festivities associated with the Lunar New Year, all while pushing the boundaries of musical genres to create a truly unique and unforgettable auditory experience.
Ye Huang's Bio:
Ye Huang´╝îborn in Shenzhen, China in 1998, is a musician skilled in clarinet, saxophone and piano. He's also a passionate composer with expertise in multiple genres. In 2019, Ye had the honor of becoming the youngest clarinet artist for Backun Clarinet. He is currently the band director and music instructor at the jazz academy of Jazz at the Lincoln Center Shanghai. Since 2022, he has been serving as the artistic ambassador for The Forum for World Education. Ye was the first young Chinese musician to be invited as a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and the first Chinese musician to perform a Chinese New Year-themed jazz concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

Ye’s music journey started from a young age, learning jazz clarinet from Eddie Daniels. He embarked on his clarinet journey at the age of 9, and at 11, he and his family relocated to New York City. He gave his debut performance on stage at 12. In New York, he enrolled in The Juilliard School Pre-College, studying classical clarinet with Alan Kay, and saxophone under the guidance of Ron Blake. He has also been a long-time student of Wynton Marsalis and Tan Dun. In 20**, Ye graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Jazz Performance. During his time at the conservatory, he had the privilege of studying under esteemed musicians such as Jerry Bergonzi, Miguel Zenon, Donny McCaslin, and Jason Moran.