Lior Milliger - Saxophonist, improviser and composer. Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lior takes part in the free jazz and avant-garde scene, collaborating with prominent musicians on free improvisation performances and special projects playing his own compositions. The latest project – Processing Statements (2017), is presented in NYC's jazz clubs and series. Processing Statements has been recorded with Santiago Leibson (Piano), Javier Moreno (Bass) and Rodrigo Recabarren (Drums) and it will be Lior's second album.
Lior completed his graduate studies in the Jerusalem Academy of Music, Majoring in Multi-Disciplinary Performance and Composition studying in Albert Beger's Class.
During this period Lior has experimented with various compositional approaches
and formed the Narrative group alongside with Tal Avraham, Shay Hazan and Nir Sabag, taking an active part in the Israeli free-jazz scene and performing in several festivals in Israel.
"Seven Songs" (2011) – Lior's debut album – Brings an exploration journey to the roots of Israeli folk music. The characteristics of the unique Israeli music has translated into jazz, with fresh compositions that expresses the Israeli music’s sound through Lior’s point of view.
While in Israel Lior established himself as a leading figure in the jazz education and saxophone instructing fields. His students accomplished with the prestigious American Israeli Culture Foundation scholarships, they participated in the Red Sea Jazz Festival Youth Programs and become performing artists on their own. For seven years Lior established, managed and conducted his youth big band that considered to be one of the best big bands in Israel. The Big Band went touring in Europe and had the pleasure to work with composers that composed music specially for them and experienced masterclasses with famous Israeli musicians. The growing community and interest for jazz, brought Lior to establish a jazz club that hosted shows and masterclasses by accomplished artists such as Albert Beger, Eli Degibri, The hazelnuts, Tevet Sela and more.
Lior received his Bachelor degree in jazz performance, Composition and Music Education from The Jerusalem Academy of Music. While his studies Lior has performed with a sextet in Israel Festival, as part of their musical program.