Lisa Liu started attending Django in June relatively recently, in 2015. Last year she joined our teaching staff and by all accounts did a terrific job. If you are just starting your own Gypsy jazz trek she’ll help you get off on the right foot.
Based in Brooklyn, Lisa plays swing, folk, solo and Gypsy jazz guitar. She performs the latter, often in duo and trio format, with Thor Jensen, Adrien Chevalier, Matt Cross, Jayson Goodner, and many others. Here’s a little promo vid for the Lisa Liu Manouche Trio filmed at Oliver’s Astoria.
Lisa has served as an Artist In Residence at The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and as an Artist Ambassador for Santa Cruz Guitar Company. She is also endorsed by Krivo Pickups, for whom she prepared this demo of their Micro-Stealth PAF. The tune is Django’s, “Manoir de Mes Rêves.”
One of Lisa’s projects has been promoting the work of other women musicians through her “Ladies Who Jazz” series. Dial that title into youtube and you’ll be treated to a series of interviews that she has done, many of which include on-the-spot performances. Most of the jazz musicians she profiles aren’t playing jazz manouche—presumably for the simple reason that, even in NYC, ladies making Gypsy jazz are a pretty rare breed. All the more reason to welcome Lisa Liu back in 2019 and for you ladies—and, OK, you men too—to come work and play with her.