Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “…talented, sensitive…brilliant,” JIJI is an adventurous artist known for her virtuosic performances that feature a diverse selection of music, ranging from traditional and contemporary classical to free improvisation, played on both acoustic and electric guitar. Through her impeccable musicianship, compelling stage presence, and constant premieres of new musical works, JIJI’s intriguing programming solidifies her reputation as a 21st century guitarist. Washington Post selected JIJI as “one of the 21 composers/performers who sound like tomorrow.” The Kansas City Star described JIJI as “A graceful and nuanced player,” adding that “…she presented an intimate, captivating performance” in reviewing her recent concerto debut appearance with the Kansas City Symphony.
As a major highlight of her 2019-20 season, JIJI performed Hillary Purrington’s concerto Harp of Nerves at Zankel Hall of Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra and conductor George Menahan. Other highlights from this season include JIJI’s Lincoln Center debut Great Performers series in April 2019 and the world premiere of four new pieces in her concert at 92nd Street “Y” in November 2019.
Upcoming major performances include an electric guitar concerto written for her by the emerging Latvian composer Krists Auznieks, which will be premiered in Riga, Latvia with Sinfonietta Riga in December 2021 and JIJI’s solo recital at Caramoor this July 2021.
Recent highlights encompass a wide array of venues, including: Lincoln Center, David Geffen Hall, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street “Y”, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Moss Arts Center, Green Music Center, National Art Gallery, National Sawdust, Miller Theater, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Purdue Convocations, Mass MOCA, Le Poisson Rouge, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton Sound Kitchen, Virginia Arts Festival, Festival Napa Valley, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Her performances have been featured on PBS (On Stage at Curtis series), NPR’s From the Top, WHYY-TV, FOX 4-TV, Munchies (the Vice Channel), The Not So Late Show (Channel 6, Kansas), and Hong Kong broadcast station RTHK’s The Works.
Following the success of her EP recording, Underglow, JIJI is currently working on recording her new project, UNBOUND, which features commissioned music written specifically for her. Additional details to be announced in the summer of 2021.
After becoming the first guitarist to win the Concert Artists Guild competition 1st prize in 30 years, JIJI was granted BMI commissioning fund; it was awarded for her outstanding performance in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, to aid composers with funding for their projects. Using this fund, JIJI commissioned Nina C. Young to write her a new guitar piece for premiere in an upcoming performance.
JIJI’s most recent chamber music endeavors include touring with Latin Grammy winners Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Carla Canales, Verona Quartet, Soprano Molly Netter, and Brasil Guitar Duo.
In 2018, JIJI joined the ASU Music school faculty as an Assistant Professor of Guitar. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and creating weird sounds on Ableton. JIJI is currently sponsored by D’Addario Strings and GuitarLift by Felix Justen.
Daniel Seriff was born and raised near Charlotte, NC. Exposed to a diverse catalog of music from an early age, at thirteen he purchased his first guitar and began cultivating a passion for the instrument and learning a wide range of music. After studying privately with a variety of teachers he was honored by being accepted into University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as a high school senior. After freshman year in the jazz studies program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Daniel returned to UNCSA. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance, studying the classical and jazz idioms.
Daniel studied privately with many instructors, including: Tom Quayle, Gerald Klickstein, Scott Sawyer, Chris Parrello, Brian Seeger, Ralph Bowen, and Eric Gales. He has attended master classes with: Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Steve Swallow, Antonio Sanchez, John Pattituci, Bill Stewart, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Russell Mallone, Joe Beck, Manuel Barrueco, Branford Marsalis, Steve Vai, Mark Lettieri, Tom Quayle, Andy Wood, Paul Gilbert, Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge, Joe Satriani, Hubert Sumlin, Andrew York, and many others.
Touring nationally, Daniel has played at venues and music festivals, including: The Ravinia Festival, National Guitar Workshop, Manteo Festival Park, Berklee School of Music, RBC Center, and many more. He has shared the stage with Blues Traveler, Edwin McCain, Delbert McClinton, Ike Stubblefield, The Lee Boys, Big Daddy Love, Jeff Sipe, Oteil and Kofi Burbridge, Bob Margolin, George Porter Jr., Steve Rothery, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Roosevelt Collier, Laximikant Doshi, Guarang Doshi, Shane Pruitt, Lacy Green, and Sammy Shelor.
As a clinician, Daniel has presented with world renowned musicians such as Steven Rothery, Mike Steinel, and Andrew York at: The British Guitar Academy, Charlotte Guitar Festival, UNCSA, Guilford College, Guitarganza, and The National Guitar Workshop. He currently teaches at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC; UNCSA Summer Session; Industries For The Blind; as well as privately and via Skype, at his state of the art studio in Winston-Salem, NC.
Voted two years in a row as the North Carolina Triad’s Best Guitarist, Daniel is currently pursuing a variety of live and studio projects.
He is working as a session musician and sideman for artists locally and nationally, also as a producer, and engineer. Daniel’s passion as an instructor and performer continually inspires him to seek opportunities to cultivate his knowledge and creativity. Daniel’s forthcoming solo record is due out in 2015, featuring Jeff Sipe, Taylor Lee, Michael Kinchen, and several other soon to be announced artists. He is currently writing his first instructional book/DVD/download/jamtrack package and plans to release a subscription service from this website in the coming months.
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