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Lionel Loueke


Lionel Loueke Trio On tour

Autumn 2018 & Spring 2019

Guitarist Lionel Loueke chose to record GAĎA live in the studio with an intimate audience in attendance. The purpose was to achieve a raw energy and reach a musical essence, and to that end he reunited with the two musicians who accompanied him on his 2008 Blue Note debut Karibu, a simpatico trio that first formed when the three attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston together in the late 1990s.

Lionel Loueke picked up the guitar late at age 17. After his initial to exposure to jazz in Benin, he left to attend the National Institute of Art in Ivory Coast. In 1994, he left Africa to pursue jazz studies ate Americant School of Modern Music in Paris then came to the US on a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music where he first encountered his future trio mates Massimo Biolcati ans Ferenc Nemeth. After graduating Loueke was accepted tot the Thelonious Monk Institute where he was able to study with his most significant mentors : Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard.

Praised by Hancock as a musical painter, Loueke combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African folk forms and conventional ans extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound of his own. His Blue Note debut Karibu (2008) featured guest appearances from Hancock and Shorter with his trio and was met with wide acclaim.

In addition to albums with his collective trio Gilfema with Biolcati and Nemeth, Loueke has appeared on recordings by Hancock, Blanchard, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Joe Lovano, as well as contemporaries including Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott and others. He has also toured the world with Hancock and is a member of Blue Note's 75th anniversary all-star band with Glasper, Hodge, Scoot, Ambrose Akinmusire and Marcus Strickland.


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