Soloist - Jazz-saxophone
A native of Geneseo, Illinois, Jim Buennig [BYOO-nig] is a saxophonist, educator, and recording artist based in Austin, TX specializing in a range of musical styles with his main focus being jazz. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Western Illinois University and a Master of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from The University of Iowa. He has served as a Teaching Assistant at The University of Iowa and as the director of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Youth Jazz Band, an auditioned group of middle and high school students from the Davenport, IA area sponsored by the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society. After relocating to Austin from Iowa City in the summer of 2017, Buennig is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Performance while serving as a Teaching Assistant in the Jazz Studies department of the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin.
In March 2017, Buennig released It’s Like This, his self-produced debut studio album. The album consists entirely of original compositions and has received wide critical acclaim. Hobart Taylor of Orange County Public Radio (Irvine, CA) called Buennig’s playing “relaxed, not derivative or chasing fashion, and perpetually in the groove.” Midwest Record described the album as “a solid dose of pure jazz for serious listeners that want to hear some new stuff done right.” In July of 2017, the Jim Buennig Quintet recorded a live EP set to be released later this year.
Buennig and his groups play extensively throughout the midwest and have made appearances at the Iowa City Jazz Festival and the Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival. Buennig has also played with groups such as the Johnson County Landmark, Western Illinois University Jazz Studio Orchestra, Steve Hawk Jazz Orchestra, the Peoria Heritage Ensemble, and numerous rock bands throughout Illinois, including a performace with Goose Town at Summer Camp Music Festival (Chillicothe, IL).
Jim's major influences include Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett, Cannonball Adderley, Wayne Shorter, and Tom Harrell.
It’s Like This is available for download on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and CDBaby.
Instruction - Classical-piano
Yunjin Lee is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin where she studies with Gregory Allen. She received her Master of Music degree at Eastman School of Music as a student of Enrico Elisi. She was the recipient of a Graduate Award (Studio Accompanist) at the Eastman School of Music. She received Bachelor of Music degree from the Yonsei University, where she was offered a scholarship for academic excellence while studying under the tutelage of Bong-Ae Shin. Yunjin also received scholarships from the Globetech Eng. Graduate program in 2014. She won numerous prizes in competitions including East Coast International Competition, American Protégé International Piano and Strings competition, Seoul Youth Chamber Music competition, Buam competition, Seoul Music competition, Chopin International competition in Asia. She performed in Texas, New York City, Cincinnati and Rochester, and took part in the Texas State International Piano Festival in 2015, College-Conservatory of Music Piano Festival - Art of the Piano in 2016 with a full scholarship. Yunjin Lee has taught lessons over 6 years. She loves to working and sharing music with various students. Currently she is working as a instructor in the Piano Project at University of Texas at Austin and Group Piano Class Oak Hill Elementary, Boone Elementary, and Hill Elementary.
Soloist - Classical-guitar
Hello! My name is Tony, and I play the classical guitar. I am available to play for Wedding ceremonies, coctail parties, large dinners or celebrations, and any other event that would benefit from beautiful music. I can provide my own equipemnt, and I have an extensive repertoire list ranging from Spanish classics to modern day popular tunes.
Soloist - Clarinet
Nicolas Chona is a recent graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, having completed his undergraduate studies under Richie Hawley in 2014. In the summer of 2012, he was invited to study at the Aspen Music Festival and School, working with recognized clarinetists Joaquin Valdepenas and Bil Jackson and conductors Mei-Ann Chen, Jane Glover, Ludovic Morlot, Hugh Wolff, and Osmo Vanska. Mr. Chona was a founding member of the Noctua Wind Quintet, bronze medalists at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Additonally, Noctua has won prizes at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, the Chamber Music Yellow Springs competition, and was the only American group invited to the live rounds of the 63rd ARD International Music Competition in 2014. Mr. Chona made his Kennedy Center Millennium Stage debut that same year while on tour with Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Larry Rachleff. Freelancering highlights in the Houston area, include performances on The Woodlands Salon Series and with Aperio: Music of the Americas. Even after graduating Rice, Mr. Chona was active in the formation of its student-run new music ensemble, Hear&Now. Inagural season performances include Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Chamber Symphony Op. 9, and John Adams's Chamber Symphony.
Ensemble - World music instrument
The Pans of Texas is a steel drum band made up of UT students. We play a large variety of music including traditional soca tunes from Trinidad, pop music, Latin tunes, and even classical transcriptions. We guarantee to bring fun and energy to any event!