ABOUT


Among many others, Riza Printup has recorded with acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter and husband Marcus Printup Desire  (2013), A Time For Love  (2011), Ballads All Night  (2010), and Bird of Paradise  (2007); Grammy nominated pianist and composer Kenny Werner No Beginning, No End; and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Chick Corea and the music of Mr. Corea. She's performed Saint-Saëns's classic 'Le Cygn’ (for harp and cello) with virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma and jookin dance master Lil Buck. Riza was featured with Paquito D'Rivera in his presentation of Charlie Parker's classic, Bird With Strings in Jazz At Lincoln Center's Appel Room. In 2014, Riza joined world renown soprano, Kathleen Battle in Ms. Battle's presentation of 'Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey' at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA and at Ms. Battle's return to the Metropolitan Opera House (2016).

Ms. Printup began her undergraduate studies as a classical harpist at the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, IN under the instruction of Susan McDonald and in time pursued studies in jazz with Professor of Jazz, David Baker. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Music from Columbia College, Chicago, IL where she continued her studies in jazz. She later pursued her Master of Music from Georgia State University's School of Music under the tutelage of Elisabeth Remy Johnson. Other instructors include Dominique Piana, Linda Wood, Beverly Wesner-Hoehn, Deborah Henson-Conant, Stella Castellucci. 

Ms. Printup transcribed several originals of Jazz Harpist Extraordinaire, Dorothy Ashby and with her trio, was fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform some of Ms. Ashby's music with the incomparable late Frank Wess who was featured on Ms. Ashby's 1957 and 1958 recordings.

Riza has published her originals, arrangements of jazz standards and a classic Filipino Kundiman available for solo harp and harp with ensemble.

With her husband Marcus Printup, the Printups created RiMarcable Publications through which they have published their first children's book and arrangements for big band and jazz combo. They released their first jazz single for children on their label RiMarcable Notes. In 2016, the Printups rolled out their children's program I Have A Song Inside My Heart and partnered with WBGO Kids Jazz @ Play and My Very Own Library  in presenting the program to elementary schools around the Newark area. 

Riza is also on faculty at Jazz at Lincoln Center's WeBop (early childhood jazz education program) located in Manhattan.