Chien Chien Lu
Chien Chien Lu is a jazz vibraphonist, contemporary percussionist, arranger, and composer from Taiwan. She recorded on trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s latest record “Jeremy Pelt The Artist” and toured with the band to France, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, and UK. Chien Chien has recently stepped forth as a composer and leader with her own quartet.
Chien Chien Lu had her first exposure to music when she started learning the piano at the age of six. At the age of ten, she developed a passion for percussion. In 2008, She joined world renowned Ju Percussion Group and performed throughout Taiwan, China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore. Chien Chien collaborated with composer Ching-Mei Lin and performed her marimba concerto for six-mallet marimba, entitled “Pulsing Wave.” In 2012, she played percussion accompaniment for the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s rendition of “Legacy,” and in 2013, she had a solo percussion concert at Taipei Novel Hall. In 2014, Chien Chien was awarded as “Emerging Young Artist” for her work with her marimba duo.
Chien Chien graduated from Taipei National University of the Art with a master’s degree in classical music in 2015. After that, she came to the USA to study Jazz in Philadelphia with vibraphonist, Tony Miceli. Shortly after, she taught a few jazz workshops alongside Tony Miceli in Taiwan. In 2016, she received a monthly residency at Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia. In September, Chien Chien performed with Vertical Current at Silkcity. The concert was a tribute to Roy Ayers. In the same month, Chien Chien performed with Chris Stevens Quintet as part of the John Coltrane Memorial festival in Philadelphia.
In 2017, she graduated with a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts. In August, she attend the prestigious Banff Jazz Residency under the direction of well-known jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer. In October, Chien Chien performed at The Stone with Okkyung Lee. The Stone is a non-profit experimental music performance space located in New York City. In 2018, Chien Chien joined in Jeremy Pelt’s Quintet and recorded on his critically acclaimed record Jeremy Pelt The Artist. That band has has toured extensively through out Europe getting rave reviews. They have also appeared at well-known NYC jazz clubs including Smoke, New School’s Glass Box Theater and Jazz Standard. She also led her quartet to NTCH Summer Jazz festival, Sappho Jazz Live in Taiwan and The DiMenna Center in NYC, The BeanRunner Cafe.
Chien Chien now lives in NYC and is releasing her first record in Summer 2020.