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Richie Goods / Chien Chien Lu / Connected

April 20 @ 7:00 pm


Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Famer, Richie Goods, and vibraphonist, Chien Chien Lu, present their show “CONNECTED.”

Music is the fulfillment of Richie’s destiny – it’s in his DNA. The youngest person ever inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame, bassist Richie Goods got an early start playing in church and clubs while still attending Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School. Now, Richie is busier and more excited than ever, touring and promoting his new collaboration recording with Vibraphonist Chien Chien Lu “Connected.”

Chien Chien Lu is a vibraphonist, contemporary percussionist, and composer whose Taiwanese upbringing, classical music education, and passion for grooves crystallize into a fresh and distinctive approach to contemporary jazz.

“CONNECTED” was formed during the lockdown. Bassist Richie Goods and vibraphonist Chien Chien Lu had frequent conversations about the Black Lives Matter movement and unwarranted hate crimes against Asians. They decided to undertake a project that would unify people and evoke imagery of love and peace. Not only was the music they produced impressive, but their friendship also deepened as they explored the stereotypical discord that often exists between the African American and Asian communities. Richie Goods and Chien Chien met in 2019 during a European tour. Shortly after, Richie produced Chien Chien’s debut album, “The Path.” As their collaboration continued to flourish, a new endeavor emerged: “Connected,” a project that embodied the profound musical connection between them. “Connected” just received 34th Golden Melody Awards “Best Instrumental Album.”

Chien Chien’s foundation in classical training provided a rich and textured canvas upon which their collaborative work thrived. Her intricate knowledge of classical nuances intertwined seamlessly with Richie Goods’ background rooted in the realms of R&B and Funk, creating an enchanting juxtaposition of genres that breathed life into their compositions.