阿布 A Bu

爵士钢琴家、作曲家,首位也是目前唯一摘得瑞士蒙特勒爵士钢琴独奏大赛桂冠的中国钢琴家

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“阿布是一位成就卓著且富有创意的爵士钢琴家,同时他也是一位颇有才华的作曲家。我把他比喻成是一只前途无量的年轻狮子,在他的前方将有一个辉煌的职业生涯,并且肯定会备受瞩目。”——格莱美奖得主、拉丁爵士钢琴大师米切尔·卡米洛(Michel Camilo)

阿布,中国爵士钢琴家、作曲家。1999年出生于北京,4岁开始与美籍华人张式谷教授学习钢琴,后跟随著名钢琴教育家鲍蕙荞、周铭孙学习。9岁考入中央音乐学院附小古典钢琴系,师从张志玮副教授,同年开始与著名爵士钢琴家孔宏伟(金佛)学习爵士乐及即兴演奏。

13岁时,阿布组建了自己的第一支爵士三重奏,并参加北京国际音乐节、北京九门国际爵士节、爵士上海音乐节、阿拉木图爵士节等等国内外知名音乐节演出。在德国著名音频设备品牌森海塞尔(Sennheiser)的赞助下,阿布在北京录制了个人首张专辑《88 Tones of Black and White》,录音由格莱美将获奖录音工程师雅各布·亨德尔(Jakob Händel)操刀,于老虎鱼唱片公司(Stockfisch)完成缩混及母带制作。

2013年6月,在美国爵士钢琴泰斗奇克·考瑞亚(Chick Corea)的上海独奏音乐会中,阿布被邀请与其进行现场即兴四手联弹。2014年,阿布考入美国茱莉亚音乐学院(The Juilliard School)预科班,跟随美国教授欧内斯特·巴雷特(Ernest Barretta)继续学习古典钢琴演奏。此外,阿布以爵士钢琴家的身份于中国及欧洲巡演。

2015年,阿布在纽约阿凡达录音室(Avatar Studios)完成录制个人第二张专辑《双飞蝴蝶》,所收录作品全部由阿布原创,并加以改编自中国著名作曲家陈培勋的《双飞蝴蝶主题变奏曲》。专辑由森海塞尔传媒厂牌发行,并获得美国资深爵士乐网站All About Jazz的好评。同年,阿布作为历史首位华人获奖者,在瑞士蒙特勒爵士钢琴独奏比赛(Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition)中赢得评委会一等奖以及观众选择奖,并在赛后受到美国著名制作人昆西·琼斯(Quincy Jones)称赞。2016年,阿布受邀在蒙特勒爵士音乐节50周年庆典中上演独奏演出。

俄罗斯传奇作曲家、钢琴家尼古拉·卡普斯汀(Nikolai Kapustin)将阿布视作为当今“最有前途的青年钢琴家之一”,称赞阿布不仅拥有“非凡的技巧”,且“拥有于多元化音乐风格中作曲及即兴演奏的能力”。2017年,阿布曾于莫斯科音乐学院举办卡普斯汀作品专场音乐会,以庆祝作曲家80岁诞辰。在演出中,阿布与莫斯科爵士大乐团(Moscow Jazz Orchestra)首演了卡普斯汀的多部乐队作品,并获得作曲家本人高度认可。

阿布频繁在中国、美国及欧洲多国举办个人音乐会,并在北京中山音乐堂、莫斯科柴可夫斯基音乐厅、巴黎奥林匹亚音乐厅、巴黎路易威登基金会等多座世界著名音乐厅演出,并作为首位中国音乐家登台纽约传奇爵士乐俱乐部Blue Note Jazz Club演出。此外阿布曾与贝尔格莱德爱乐乐团、“莫斯科名家”室内乐团、莫斯科爵士大乐团等等著名乐团合作。

2019年,阿布于拉脱维亚里加爵士大赛(Riga Jazz Stage)中夺得金奖。同年,阿布在意大利著名钢琴品牌法齐奥里(Fazioli)工厂音乐厅举办个人音乐会。法齐奥里品牌创始人保罗·法齐奥里(Paolo Fazioli)对阿布的演奏及个人音乐作品表示高度称赞。

阿布多次受联合国教科文组织(UNESCO)与美国赫比·汉考克爵士协会(Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz)邀请,作为中国爵士音乐家代表参加联合国国际爵士乐日(International Jazz Day)全明星音乐会,并与赫比·汉考克(Herbie Hancock)、韦恩·肖特(Wayne Shorter)、马克斯·米勒(Marcus Miller)、伊戈尔·布特曼(Igor Butman)、蒂尔·布朗(Till Brönner)等著名国际爵士音乐家们同台及合作演出。

阿布最新专辑《一步之遥》(One Step East)于2020年12月由JZ Music/太合音乐发行,其中阿布邀请到美国爵士贝斯演奏家Larry Grenadier以及格莱美获奖爵士鼓演奏家Eric Harland搭档,在美国资深爵士乐制作人Matt Pierson(曾担任华纳唱片爵士部副总裁)的联合制作下,共同完成集阿布原创及改编作品的爵士钢琴三重奏专辑——其中收录了中国著名音乐家崔健的作品《迷失的季节》。“阿布在这张专辑中力求探索了融合东西方音乐文化的可能性。”——《中国日报》(China Daily)。

阿布现就读于茱莉亚音乐学院(大学)古典钢琴系,师从著名钢琴家陈宏宽。至今阿布已创作包括《忏悔曲》《第一钢琴奏鸣曲》《三首素描》《十二首生日快乐歌主题变奏曲》等多部音乐会作品,并受中国青年圆号演奏家曾韵、钢琴演奏家鞠小夫、联合国室内乐协会等音乐家及机构邀请创作委约作品。

English

“It is always a personal thrill to find a ‘fresh voice’ within the jazz continuum. A Bu is a highly creative and accomplished jazz pianist who is also a gifted composer. I regard him as a promising young jazz lion who has a brilliant career ahead of him and will surely be talked about for many years to come” – Michel Camilo

Being the first and only Chinese pianist who acquired top prizes (First Prize & Audience Choice) in the history of the prestigious Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition, A Bu has made international recognition as the representative of Chinese jazz scene and modern pianism.

  • Early Years in China

Born in Beijing in 1999, A Bu began studying classical piano at the age of 4. In the year of 2009, he was admitted to China’s most prestigious musical institution, the Central Conservatory of Music, where he continued his classical piano studies with Professor Zhiwei Zhang. At the age of 9, he began to study jazz and improvisation with the Chinese jazz pianist Hongwei Kong (aka Golden Buddha).

Since 2011, A Bu started to play in jam sessions in places such as CD Blues Café, East Shore Café, Jianghu Bar in Beijing with local musicians. He also formed his first jazz trio with two Chinese musicians, Ma Kai & Shao Haha and made their debut performance at the 2012 Nine Gates Jazz Festival in Beijing. The trio later toured in most major cities in China and appeared in leading domestic jazz festivals including Oct-Loft Jazz Festival, Clockenflap and JZ Festival.

  • 1st Studio Album: 88 Tones of Black and White (2014)

Early 2013, A Bu and his trio went into studio in Beijing with Grammy-Award winner recording engineer Jakob Händel. Spending 4 days in the studio, A Bu completed his first studio album 88 Tones of Black and White, which included the trio’s takes on jazz standards such as “Giant Steps”, “Very Early” “’Round Mid Night” and A Bu’s arrangement of one of J.S. Bach’s three-part invention. The album was mixed and mastered by the team of Stockfisch Records in Germany and later released by Sennheiser Media in July 2014.

  • Meeting Chick Corea

In June 2013, A Bu was invited by American jazz icon Chick Corea to play an impromptu-duet together on Corea’s solo concert in Shanghai. The two remained friends and encountered again in September 2016 at the grand opening of the Blue Note Beijing Jazz Club.

  • Moving to New York

In 2014, A Bu was admitted to the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. There he continued classical piano training simultaneously with Korean pianist Choong-Mo Kang and American professor Ernest Barretta. He also took private lessons with American jazz pianist Frank Kimbrough.

  • Success on Montreux Jazz Festival

In 2015, A Bu won the first Prize and the Audience Choice of Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition as part of the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival. On the competition, A Bu impressed the jury led by French jazz pianist Yaron Herman and received compliments from the legendary producer Quincy Jones. As the first and only Chinese musician that has ever won such prizes in the competition’s history, he was invited to participate in the Montreux Jazz Academy, where he worked and played alongside with Al Jarreau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joe Sanders and Yaron Herman. In July 2016, A Bu made his debut performance at the 50 th Anniversary of Montreux Jazz Festival.

  • 2nd Studio Album: Butterflies Fly in Pairs (2016)

In April 2015, A Bu recorded his second album “Butterflies Fly in Pairs” (featuring A Bu’s original compositions) in the Avatar Studios in New York. American bassist Tom Kennedy and drummer Ryan J. Lee served as the base of the ensemble and other guest artists were invited to the session including saxophonist Antonio Hart, vocalist Cecilia Stalin and the Chop Horns, a New-York-based brass section. The album was released by Sennheiser Media in 2016.

  • Live Solo Album: Live at Beijing Poly Theatre (2018)

In August 2018, A Bu performed a solo concert at the Beijing Poly Theatre. The concert featured A Bu’s original improvisations and was recorded by his long-time partner, Grammy-Award winner recording engineer Jakob Händel. With the sponsorship of Chinese charitarian Ms. Yue-Sai Kan, the recording was released in December 2018, produced as CD in China and digitally available on international streaming platforms.

  • 3rd Studio Album: One Step East (2020)

In September 2019, A Bu partnered with American jazz bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Eric Harland to record his third jazz trio album at the Power Station New England studio in Connecticut, U.S. Under the guidance of award-winning jazz producer Matt Pierson, the trio recorded original compositions by A Bu and his arrangements on well-known standards such as “Someday My Prince Will Come” by Frank Churchill, “Somewhere” by Leonard Bernstein and “The Lost Season” by Chinese rock singer Cui Jian. The album is released by Chinese jazz record label JZ Music in December 2020.

  • Acquaintance with Nikolai Kapustin

Besides jazz and improvisation, A Bu kept his interest and studies of classical music. Besides standard repertoire, A Bu also explored in the field of modern music. One important influence is the music composed by Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin (1937-2020). A Bu is regarded by Kapustin as “one of the most promising young pianists” who not only possesses “phenomenal technique” but also beholds “mature understanding of the works he performs”. A Bu has given recitals around the world to promote Kapustin’s music, in addition, he has also premiered numbers of the composer’s early orchestral compositions (Big Band Sounds, Op. 10; Nocturne, Op. 16; Minuet, Op.21) in Moscow.

In 2016 and 2017, together with Russia’s most celebrated jazz musician, saxophonist Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra, A Bu presented concerts in Moscow (Moscow House of Music; Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory) honoring the music of Kapustin on the composer’s 79th and 80th birthday.

  • Recent Events (2020-2021)

In April 2019, A Bu won the first prize of the jazz piano category at the Riga Jazz Stage held in Riga, Latvia.

In early 2021, A Bu released an EP named “Air” which includes 6 solo piano tracks recorded in September 2019.

– 06/18/21 Remembering Chick Corea Tribute Concert at Blue Note Shanghai & Beijing

– 08/16/21 Solo & Chamber Recital at the Forbidden City Concert Hall

– 08/27/21 Concerto performance (Piano Concerto, Op. 38 by Samuel Barber) with Ningbo Symphony Orchestra; conductor: Yu Ji

A Bu has performed around the globe including China, Russia, USA, Cuba, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Bulgaria, Latvia and many more. Among the prestigious music festivals A Bu has performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, Montreux Jazz Festival, Lancut Music Festival, Musikfestspiele Saar, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beijing Music Festival and Shanghai JZ Festival. He has also appeared as soloist performing with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, “Hermitage” Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Jazz Orchestra and Ningbo Symphony Orchestra.

A Bu has played at concert venues around the global such as the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory (Moscow), L’Olympia (Paris), Foundation Louis Vuitton (Paris), Fazioli Concert Hall (Sacile), Gran Teatro de La Habana (Havana), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing) and the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, Beijing and Shanghai.

A Bu has been invited multiple times by the UNESCO and Herbie Hancock Jazz Institute (former Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz) to perform on the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert, sharing the stage together with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Igor Butman, Till Brönner, James Morrison, Brian Blade, Ben Williams and many other international jazz stars.

Taking the quality of a professional classical pianist and influence of jazz idioms, A Bu plays in a lyrical style with clarity and exquisite sense. His original music also emphasis his oriental identity. A Bu is currently enrolled at the Juilliard School in New York, studying classical piano under American pianist Hung-Kuan Chen.

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