Holiday Jazz Concert
Alex Sipiagin, trumpet and Misha Tsiganov, piano will perform a concert of Jazz standards, original compositions and holiday tunes.
The doors will be open at 1PM for holiday socializing, and the concert will start promptly at 2PM. RSVP, including total number of attendees is required by December 22nd due to limited seating. Please call/text Irina’s cell 917-886-1554 to RSVP. The cover charge is $15 per person and it will go towards musician’s fee and to cover the reception.
Parking instructions will be posted closer to the event.
About the performers:
Alex Sipiagin and Misha Tsyganov are world renowned jazz soloists, composers and collaborators working together since 1990.
Born in Yaroslavl, Russia, in 1991, Alex Sipiagin moved to New York City in pursuit of jazz, sitting in on jam sessions and eventually snagging his first jazz gig in '92, playing every Monday night at Sweet Basil with the Gil Evans Band directed by Miles Evans, later becoming a member of Gil Goldstein’s Zebra Coast Orchestra which replaced the Gil Evan’s Band slot. In 1994, Sipiagin joined the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band while also performing with drummer Bob Moses’ band, Mozamba. Trumpeters Earl Gardner and Randy Brecker introduced Sipiagin to the Mingus Big Band in 1995, of which he is still a regular member, as well as the Mingus Dynasty and Mingus Orchestra. Dave Holland invited him to be a regular member of his big band in 2000 and currently with his various small groups, and in 2003 he recorded with Michael Brecker’s Quindectet, which he toured with alongside Michael Brecker’s Sextet. Sipiagin has also performed with Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kenny Werner, Elvis Costello, Michael Franks, Dave Sanborn, Deborah Cox, legendary producer Phil Ramone, etc., with many of the recordings of which he was a part winning the Grammy's. As a soloist, Sipiagin has 16 recordings out to his credit, largely with European label Criss Cross Jazz, and has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Russia with his group. His album "Destinations Unknown" (Criss Cross) released in 2011, placed 25th in Down Beat's 77th Readers' Poll, the same poll in which he is listed in the Best Trumpets list, as well as having placed 4th in Down Beat's Critics' Poll for Rising Stars on the trumpet. Sipiagin is also a co-leader of another Criss Cross recorded project, the critically acclaimed quintet Opus 5, co-led with Seamus Blake, David Kikoski, Boris Kozlov and Donald Edwards, with two releases out to date. Since 2007, Sipiagin has been teaching as part of a special jazz program called "New York Comes to Groningen" at the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, The Netherlands. As a Yamaha U.S. artist, Sipiagin also is an educator conducting numerous clinics through Yamaha as well as various universities and schools. In January 2015, Alex is joining Jazz Faculty of NYU. www.alexsipiagin.com
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Misha Tsiganov came to the USA in 1991 to study at the Berkley College of Music, and two years later he moved to NY. 1999-2002 Misha worked as the featured pianist on the Bill Cosby TV show Little Bill. 2004-2008 he was a regular pianist for legendary drummer Joe Chambers. In 2004 he recorded an album with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker and Dave Valentin. While living in USA he recorded over 50 albums with such a musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Gary Bartz, Hendrick Meurkens, Claudio Roditi, Chicco Freeman, Jonny Colon, John Faddis, Willie Martinez, Darren Barret, Adam Rogers and many others. Thomas Conrad for Jazz Times magazine wrote in February 2008 issue: “Tsiganov is a well-balanced, lyrical pianist… he writes strong tunes…sophisticated, confident musicianship… like the best jazz recording, its validity grows on you and the music gets into your mind”. www.mishajazzmusic.com
For lovers of Jazz in the Hudson Valley and anyone who appreciates and loves great music, it will be a special treat to hear these two musicians in a duo program in the intimate and industrial atmosphere of Beacon Lofts.
Photo credit: Steffen Thalemann