Xia Jia Trio
The Xia Jia Trio features jazz pianist Xia Jia, bassist Zhang Ke and drummer Izumi Koga and perform mainly Jia’s compositions. Their music is founded in classical jazz, and while incorporating contemporary and Chinese musical themes, it retains a distinctly oriental character. The Trio began first began performing at Beijing’s only live jazz house in 2009. Jia holds a music degree from the Eastman School of Music in New York, and has played with top jazz musicians like Ryan Kisor and Willie Jones. Last year, he performed with Italian master jazz pianist Danilo Rea in Rome. Bassist Zhang Ke is a top performer on the Beijing jazz circuit while drummer Izumi Koga, who holds a jazz percussion music degree from Berklee in the USA, is a celebrated jazz teacher and performer in China.