CHIEN CHIEN LU is a jazz vibraphonist, contemporary percussionist, arranger, and composer from Taiwan. She recorded on trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s latest record, “Jeremy Pelt The Artist,” and toured with the band to France, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, and the UK. Chien Chien has recently stepped forth as a composer and leader with her quartet.
She had her first exposure to music when she started learning the piano at six. At ten, she developed a passion for percussion. In 2008, She joined the world-renowned Ju Percussion Group and performed throughout Taiwan, China, Japan, Thailand, and Singapore. Chien Chien collaborated with composer Ching-Mei Lin and performed her marimba concerto for six-mallet marimba, entitled “Pulsing Wave.” In 2012, she played percussion accompaniment for the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s rendition of “Legacy,” In 2013, she had a solo percussion concert at Taipei Novel Hall. In 2014, Chien Chien was awarded an “Emerging Young Artist” for her work with her marimba duo.
Chien Chien graduated from Taipei National University of Art with a master’s degree in classical music in 2015. After that, she came to the USA to study Jazz in Philadelphia with a vibraphonist, Tony Miceli. Shortly after, Chien Chien taught jazz workshops alongside Tony Miceli in Taiwan. In 2016, she received a monthly residency at Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia. In September, Chien Chien performed with Vertical Current at Silkcity. The concert was a tribute to Roy Ayers. In the same month, Chien Chien performed with Chris Stevens Quintet as part of the John Coltrane Memorial festival in Philadelphia.
In 2017, she graduated with a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts. In August, she attended the prestigious Banff Jazz Residency under the direction of a well-known jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer. In October, Chien Chien performed at The Stone with Okkyung Lee. The Stone is a non-profit experimental music performance space in New York City. In 2018, Chien Chien joined Jeremy Pelt’s Quintet and recorded on his critically acclaimed record Jeremy Pelt The Artist. That band has toured extensively throughout Europe, getting rave reviews. They have also appeared at well-known NYC jazz clubs, including Smoke, New School’s Glass Box Theater, and Jazz Standard. She also led her quartet to the NTCH Summer Jazz festival, Sappho Jazz Live in Taiwan, The DiMenna Center in NYC, and The BeanRunner Cafe. Chien Chien lives in NYC. The single, We Live in Brooklyn Baby, is available on all digital platforms.