Award-winning composer/keyboardist VICTOR NORIEGA has been described as having “the sensitivity of Bill Evans, the propulsion of Horace Silver and the experimentation of Thelonious Monk,” while his compositions have been characterized as “layered, complex, interesting and rhythmic,” “introspective at times, energetic and boundary-stretching at others… seamlessly blend[ing] jazz and modern classical inﬂuences."
Victor has been a featured artist in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Earshot Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot, the Filipino American Jazz & World Music Festival, and the Philippine International Jazz Festival. His commissioned original work for the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Generations, Directions, which premiered in April 2012, musically addresses three generations of ethnicity in North America.
Noriega’s albums -- Stone’s Throw (2004), Alay (2006), and Fenceless (2008) -- each recorded with his trio, earned critical acclaim, and Victor was honored with three Golden Ear awards (2005 Emerging Artist of the Year, 2006 Instrumentalist of the Year, and 2006 Album of the Year by Earshot Jazz, recognizing the best of the Pacific Northwest jazz scene. His latest recording, 2 Trios (2013) features a collection of unique improvisatory sketches with long-time Seattle collaborators.
Born in Richmond, British Columbia and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Noriega obtained a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Washington. Victor continues to work on a diverse set of original projects and collaborates with artists from a wide range of musical backgrounds.
"Victor Noriega has developed a distinct personal style that is both inventive and adventurous... his piano playing is crisp and articulate, and his compositions fuse Classical and Filipino folk elements with a jazz aesthetic. One moment his playing is reminiscent of the intricate contrapuntal lines in a Bach fugue, and the next the percussive dissonance of Bartok's music for piano... Listening to Noriega perform is like hearing the pieces of a puzzle come together into a satisfying whole."
- Earshot Jazz
Hello Facebook!! I wanted to let you know of a performance I have coming up this Thursday night for the 2016 Vancouver Int’l Jazz Fest. It’s a quartet that I’ve compiled with great musicians from across the Pacific Northwest. This will be the debut for this particular combination of players; I’m really looking forward to how this all comes together on the bandstand. We’ll be playing some original material and some classic jazz repertoire as well. The venue is a great place to hear live music, and they’ve got an awesome menu too, so come hungry!
JUNE 30th, 8:00 - 11:00pm
2095 Commercial Dr (5th & Commercial)
VICTOR NORIEGA QUARTET:
VN :) keys
STUART MACDONALD (Seattle) tenor sax
TOM WAKELING (Portland) bass
NINO DIPASQUALE (Vancouver) drums
Hope to see you out on Thursday - enjoy your week!!
I'm very happy about playing a show with some old friends in Seattle on May 9th.. check it here: www.noriegamusic.com
Vancouver jazz is alive as am I!
A stellar week of music coming up again this week at Frankie's Jazz Club: Wed - Fri Victor James Noriega plays solo piano (please note only one set on Wed), Miles Black Trio plays Red Garland on Thursday, February 18, Crossing Borders featuring Jennifer Scott on February 19/20 with late night featuring The Matt Chaboter Trio and closing out the week will be Rotem Sivan and his trio! coastaljazz.ca for reservations!
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Got a fun show comin' up:
VICTOR NORIEGA keys
STUART MACDONALD sax
ELI DAVIDOVICI bass
JESSE CAHILL drums
Sunday, October 18, 4:00-7:00pm
We welcome Stuart to Canada with open arms and ears ;)
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