Lisa Liu started attending Django in June relatively recently, in 2015. This year, 2018, will mark her debut as a guitar instructor for us. Welcome aboard, Lisa!
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. Sounds something like this:
Lisa will be an Artist In Residence at The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2018 and also recently began a stint as Artist Ambassador for Santa Cruz Guitar Company. She is endorsed by Krivo Pickups, for whom she prepared this demo:
One of Lisa’s projects over the last several years has been promoting the work of others through her “Ladies Who Jazz” series. Dial that title into youtube and you’ll be treated to a series of interviews that Lisa 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. Two exceptions that prove the rule are her features of Christine Tassan and Sara L’Abriola both of whom will also be on staff at Django in June this year.
When not gigging and promoting the work of others, you can find Lisa in the woodshed. Occasionally she invites you to join her there. Do that, why don’t you, for your first quick lesson with Lisa Liu: