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Biography

JZ Music Artist, Shanghai music icon Alec Haavik performs on tenor and soprano sax, painting an interdimensional world of musical explosions. Melding modern jazz, rock, and shamanism, Alec leads a fleet of ensembles known as the “Friction Universe,” questioning the nature of jazz.

Originally from New York City, Alec is now the most famous saxophone player in Shanghai. His bilingual (and humorous) discussions of jazz techniques and history transported him to host “More Than Jazz”, a TV show for ICS / Shanghai, and lead jazz improvisation workshops for the Saxophone Society of Guiyang. Ever-expanding, Alec’s universe also included a performance at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center based on the music of classical composers Messiaen, Schoenberg, and Bach.

From intergalactic to international, Alec has performed in jazz festivals across China including many appearances at the Nine Gates Festival in Beijing and the JZ Festival in Shanghai. He has been a featured performer for lifestyle brands such as Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Cartier, and Ballantine’s. Alec has also been profiled by Lonely Planet Television (Discovery Channel) and Shanghai ICS.

During a wild five-year residency at Shanghai’s JZ Club, Alec welcomed such powerhouse guests as singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, drummer Han Bennink, and erhu virtuoso Ma Xiao Hui. While orbiting Shanghai, Alec has performed with Mike Stern, Antonio Hart, and Chinese jazz legend Liu Yuan. Alec continues to perform with China Jazz Star  Coco Zhao and R&B/Pop star Shunza.

2012 sent Alec to seven international jazz festivals, including Blues to Bop in Switzerland, where he premiered his original tune “42 Bus” as a big band ballad. Alec also appeared in the Daegu Jazz Festival in South Korea, and the Shenzhen Jazz Festival (China).

Alec’s “Friction Alliance” CD landed this year; the trio pulses with rock-edged operatic jazz. The 15-minute anthem, “Step Into the Red Ball” was encapsulated as a video short for the aptly-titled ICS/Shanghai show “Edge.” Rounding out 2012, Alec was featured on the CD “Live in China” by the jazz bassist David Friesen.

Alec’s primordial musical soup includes cello at age 5, trombone as a teenager (performing with guest soloist Branford Marsalis), and two recording contracts as an “indie” rock artist. Alec received his Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dick Oatts and Mark Turner and performed and recorded with schoolmate, Famous Jazz Singer Jane Monheit.

Alec also performs with several Top DJs in Asia, including No. 1 Taiwan DJ Noodles, French DJ crew- Acid Pony Club, China DJ HBD, HongKong DJ Jane Siesta and DJ Teng Boon… etc.  His newest Cross-Culture fusion Music projects “Friction Pony” which including Alec on Saxes and compositions, Pioneer Artist/Musician Li Daiguo on Cello, Viola and Overtone Singing, India Singer, Chinese Instrument Pipa, Er Hu, Acid Pony Club on DJs, and African Drums.

Alec has been invited to performing with Top Acid Jazz/Funk Band “The Brand New Heavies” in  JZ music festival Shanghai, which is second biggest Music Festival of Asia. Alec is the conductor and music director of “ JZ Big Band”.