Lionel Loueke Trio (Benin/USA)

Fri, Apr 28th at 8.00pm
Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

Adm: €25.00

Lionel Loueke (guitar),
Massimo Biolcati (bass),
Ferenc Nemeth (drums)

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Blue Note recording artist Lionel Loueke is a major guitar talent whose band fuse traditional West African music with modern jazz harmonies and power-trio rock to create a sound that is all their own. Loueke’s selection to the all-star band to celebrate Blue Note’s 75th anniversary is testimony to the talent, as is his long-standing presence in the band of the legendary Herbie Hancock, who has described him simply as “a musical painter.” Born in Benin in West Africa, Loueke attended the National Institute of Art in Ivory Coast before leaving Africa to pursue jazz studies at the American School of Modern Music in Paris, from where he earned a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Later, his mentors at The Thelonious Monk Institute included Wayne Shorter and Hancock.



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