Featured ABA Piano Teacher - Sergej


Sergej Avanesov, born on 23 March 1994, from Russia. He started to play Tenor Saxophone when he was 9 years old. Was studying in school named after Kim Nazaretov. He was influenced by lots of musicians like: John Coltrane, Joshua Redman, Dexter Gordon, Keith Jarrett and many others.


After he graduate music school, he decided to continue studying music abroad. And He had opportunity to go to the Netherlands for studying, in Prince Clause Conservatoire at age 17. He is studying there with Don Braden, Miguel Martinez. Last year had a project with great bass player John Clayton and Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. Also already in the Netherlands he played with Alex Sipiagin, Robin Eubanks, David Berkman, Gene Jakson. He formed his new quartet with Giacomo Caruso-piano, Tyler Luppi- Double Bass, Samvel Sarkisyan-Drums. Recently they made a recording with their own music, with this quartet they went twice on tour to Sicily, Italy. Before he did recordings with EF Orchestra, Adedeji Adetyo, Stage Band, Want2swing big band, and in 2014 he recorded with ASL trio included Tyler Luppi on bass and Samvel Sarkisyan on drums. This year’s playing with different big bands and his ASL trio, they playing mostly original music and looking for new, unique ways of playing standards. While studying he was already getting into teaching, had saxophone, piano students and tought jazz theory privately, with sutednts ages 6 to 35, always oushing students towards their goals.


Now he lives in NYC, and performs with different bands in different countries and festivals: Idstein jazz festival in Germany, Mechelen, Belgium, Rostov-on-Don Jazz festival in Russia, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Amphion jazz fest, Doetinchem,Netherlands., had 3 Korean tours as a guest artist, toured Sicily wtih Giacomo Caruso Quartet. At this moment he recorded his debut album "Secret Language" which going to come out this winter.


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