Zazen explores musical ideas in contemporary Jazz improvisation. Based on
formats explored by groups in the 50's, 60's and 70's, Zazen gives an update to this continuum.
Greg German: Drums
Greg came to the drums at the ripe age of 23 when he suddenly found himself
drumming in a rock band on a dare. He had previously played tenor sax, guitar,
piano and marimba, but knew that he had found his home when he started
drumming. His newfound instrument and his burgeoning love of jazz combined to
launch him on a journey of discovery that continues to this day. He credits most of
what he knows to just listening to the jazz masters: Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Roy
Haynes, Max Roach, Jack DeJohnette and Art Blakey to name a few. He has also
studied with Eddie Marshall, Pete Magadini and Alan Hall.
Greg has worked with various performers and groups such as Benny Rietveld
(Miles Davis, Santana), Walter Savage, Oakland Jazz Choir, Ben Stolorow, Mingus
Amungus, Terrence Brewer, the Fillmore Jazz Preservation Big Band and the San
Francisco Experimental Ensemble. Greg can currently be heard performing with
Bay Area artists such as Muziki Roberson, Mark Wright, Stephanie Crawford,
John Watson, Vince Khoe, Jim Grantham, Who We Are New Jazz Trio and The
Grassroots Composers' Workshop.
Georgianna Krieger: Soprano, Alto and Baritone Saxophones
Georgianna began playing saxophone at age 9 and just kept playing. Influenced by
college radio, Gerry Mulligan and a North Texas State University philosophy
professor, Georgianna sees a connection between jazz improvising and drawing but
is unlikely to ever bring it up. While studying figurative sculpture, she earned a
bachlors degree in Jazz and Commercial music at the University of the Arts in
Philadelphia... When she's not playing saxophone, sculpting or parenting
Georgianna dreams of summer and loose leaf tea.
Cory Squalia: Double-Bass, Fretted and Fretless Electric Bass
Cory is originally from the San Francisco/Bay Area California.
Cory started playing bass in High School and studied Larry Epstein(San Francisco
Symphony)with Dave Dunaway and Frank Sumares, with Jazz studies at local
colleges. Cory started gigging around the Bay Area as a teenager, as well. Over the
years, he as been included in touring gigs, including performing with various college
classical chamber ensembles, in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Other genres of
music, that Cory has played is funk, pop and rock. Cory has played with such artist
as Frank Martin and Pee Wee Ellis. Some of Cory’s influences are Bill Evans, Chick
Corea, Weather Report and Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.
Stephen McQuarry: Piano and Celesta
Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator and Keyboardist, Stephen, has studied at the
Eastman School of Music, University of Colorado at Denver, Berklee School Of
Music, University Of California San Diego and Alexander University. He is an
active member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the performance rights
organization, Broadcast Musicians, Inc. (BMI), the Electronic Music Foundation
(EMF), the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), the
Society For Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) and Chamber
Music America (CMA). Stephen has performed with distinguished artists such as
the late Dizzy Gillespie, Clare Fischer, Louie Bellson, Red Rodney (Charlie Parker),
Tom Scott, the late John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Herbie
Hancock, Frank Zappa), Nathan East (Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Bob James),
Bill Rich(Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Taj Mahal) and the Colorado Symphony
Orchestra. Stephen is currently working on performing and recording on his indie
label, Mandala Records, with his Jazz ensembles, Resonance, Pangaea and Zazen,
the Electronica groups, Synsor and RendeVu and the new age group, Agharta.