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Back at Home in New York City!

I am very happy to share that I am back in New York City.  I originally had left in 2012 with the intentions of being out of town for one year (two tops). I also kept my departure mostly under…

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2017 Asia Tour

Well, it's the start of 2017, and I'm happy to be starting out strong and in the saddle, or should I say on the plane? Tomorrow I start a tour of Asia consisting of hits in Hong Kong and Singapore. …

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The Metronome

To use, or not to use, that is the question:

Since I've been busy teaching lessons down here in Lima, Peru, a few reoccurring questions keep popping up- do I use a metronome to practice, or play-a-longs? The answer…

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From the Southern Hemisphere

Considering I've had my website up and running now for 2 years, it's crazy to think that I've yet to post anything blog-ish.  So, I think that something as eventful as moving to a different continent warrants a post!


Previous events


w/ Mario Cuba

Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St, Queens

Yotam Silberstein- Guitar, Mario Cuba- Bass,Daniel Dor- Drums, Rafael Fusa- Alto Sax, Ian Rapien- Tenor Sax , Freddy Huevito Lobatón- Congas. Sets at 10pm and 12am


Michael Vitale Quartet/ Jam Session at Bar Chord

Bar Chord, 1008 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Michael Vitale Quartet: Ian Rapien- Tenor Saxophone, Alex Clough- Piano, James Robbins- Bass, Michael Vitale- Drums. Quartet plays 9-10pm, and jam session after until 1am

Homecoming Party w/ Spectral Awakenings

Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Pl, Broolkyn, NY 11215

Come and celebrate my return to NYC with Spectral Awakenings! This will be the first show with SA in NYC in 5 years. Please come and enjoy some new music, as well as some repertoire we've throughly dismantled over the years! Featuring: Ian Rapien- Saxophone and Compositions, Aki Ishiguro- Electric Guitar, Justin Stanton- Keys, Alex "Busby" Smith- Electric Bass, and Devin Collins- Drums. $10 cover. See you there!

Mario Cuba Quintet

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Zinc Bar, 82 W 3rd. St, New York, NY 10012

Yuma Ueskaka- Saxophone Ian Rapien- Saxophone Samuel Torres- Congas Mario Cuba- Bass Luca Susti- Drums

We'll be playing Jazz Standards in Peruvian styles, Latin Jazz, and Swing. I'm very excited for my first gig back NYC with these great Peruvian musicians I've played with innumerable times in Peru.

$15 Dollar Cover

San Fernando Auction (private event)

Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central, Hong Kong

Ian Rapien- Tenor and Soprano Sax, Wei Tan- Piano, Nate Wong- Drums. An Art and Jazz dinner at the famous Hong Kong club hosted by the San Fernando Race Foundation to support a wonderful home for underprivileged youths from the Philippines. (private event)