Meet Lena Bloch: Lena Bloch was born in Moscow and has studied music in Israel, Germany, and the United States where she earned a Master's of Music in Composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Since moving to the United States in 2003, Bloch has been a solist with the Vermont Jazz Big Band, the Ambassadors of Light, Vishnu Wood Quartet, and the Northampton Jazz Workshop. In 2008, Bloch moved to Brooklyn and has performed with notable artists like Dan Tepfer
I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I started writing my own songs and singing them for people.
Your sound and approach to music: In these immortal Italo Calvino's words: "Lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, multiplicity, consistency" from Six Memos for the Next Millennium.
Your teaching approach: Flexibility, playfulness, encouragement, optimism, positive thinking, relaxation.
Your dream band: The ideal band is where musicians are completely unpredictable, yet with total trust, self-abandonment and listening intensely. This depends on the situation as much as on individual personalities.
Road story: Your best or worst experience: "If you are imitating someone, it is not anyone I know..."from the audience.
Favorite venue: The Drawing Room Brooklyn.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why? The next one; I care so much about it.
The first Jazz album I bought was: My parents had them all.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? Blending with other band members.
Did you know... I apply geometry to music teaching and have created a mobile cycle of fifths with a pattern drawing device.
, Two Days In The Life Of... (Storyville, 1994); Anything I can find from Hans Werner Henze.
Desert Island picks: No CD player.
How would you describe the state of jazz today? Evolving.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Change public opinion that music is entertainment and only popular is valuable. Promote jazz artists' lives, names, appearances, projects, and inter- stylistic connections.
What is in the near future? Performing in March and April with my favorite musicians: Billy Mintz