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Vana Gierig

Vana Gierig

Somber music often sounds deep without achieving real pathos, and superficially complex music often sounds as if it has something to say even when the complexities are, in fact, rather banal. That explains why somber, superficially complex music is so popular with modern jazz composers, if not modern jazz audiences.

Werner “Vana” Gierig, on the other hand, feels sure enough of his abilities to compose songful, optimistic melodies and subject them to subtle yet ingenious transformations. “People always say I’m a very positive person. I think in general, I definitely embrace life. I like my life,” Gierig says. His attitude and skills make Gierig’s new album, A New Day (Twinz), his second effort as a leader, a rare and happy thing indeed.

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