8.4.12 Joon Lee + Vardan Ovsepian CD Release
“…There’s a pianist out of Boston who made a beautiful record for the Fresh Sound label called ‘Sketch Book’; his name is Vardan Ovsepian…” -Brad Mehldau (JazzReview.com)
“Vardan brings his own sound and ingredients… I have never heard any musician quite like him in terms of harmonic awareness and melodic power. I suspect that he will prove to be quite a sensation…”- Peter Erskine
“…Anyone with an allegiance to the ECM sound will find a great deal to like on these two quartet albums – the windblown pastels, the serious dramas and the clear thematic arcs…” - Greg Buium (Downbeat.com)
Performs solo as well as with artists such as Mick Goodrick, Peter Erskine, Jerry Bergonzi and many others. In addition to teaching at The Musical Suite in Newburyport, MA, performed and taught master classes at Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Maine Jazz Camp (ME), Towson University (MD), Susquehanna University (PA), Bucknell University (PA), Wheeler School (RI), Estonian Music Academy (Tallinn, Estonia).
A “Fresh Sound New Talent” recording artist who has released 4 CDs with the Barcelona-based label, plus an independent release of Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble (VOCE)
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Joon Lee, originally from Korea, moved to NY to study architecture, found a love of Jazz, and moved to L.A. where he started studying jazz singing privately and through Musician’s Institute in Hollywood. In December of 2009 he opened The Blue Whale, at the edge of Japan-town, in the Weiler Court Plaza at San Pedro and 2nd St., Ste 301. His choice in artists reflects his personal taste, and an incredible menu it is! Bob Sheppard, Russell Ferrante, Dwight Tribble, Bevan Manson…on and on goes the list of incredible artistic musicians!
The Blue Whale is growing rapidly in reputation, as one of the hippest places to play and to go hear great music!
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