Lionel Loueke Trio

Lionel Loueke Trio

Friday, May 20, 8:00pm
at YBCA Forum

Lionel Loueke Trio
Brilliance from Benin Series: String Things  

Lionel Loueke Trio

Lionel Loueke makes a powerful first impression. Born in the small West African nation of Benin, the guitarist won a coveted spot in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in 2001, when he auditioned for a panel of heavyweights including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard. Blanchard featured the guitarist on his acclaimed Blue Note albums Bounce and Flow, leading to his current association with Hancock, who has showcased Loueke’s guitar work and sonorous vocals on several CDs and world tours. Over the last decade, Loueke has developed a telepathic connection with Hungarian born drummer Ferenc Nemeth and Swedish/Italian bassist Massimo Biolcati. They’ve recorded as the cooperative trio Gilfema and as Loueke’s band (featured on his gorgeous new Blue Note release Mwaliko). In either context, Loueke is a riveting performer who artfully integrates percussive, chiming harmonics, idiosyncratic tunings, and wondrously intricate time signatures. Without question, he is one of the hottest young stars in the jazz world, as anyone who heard his ravishing SFJAZZ 2009 duet with Richard Bona can attest.

Artist Personnel

Lionel Loueke guitar, vocals
Massimo Biolcati bass
Ferenc Nemeth drums

Artist Website

"Lionel’s musical palette is so broad and varied. He’s not afraid to explore new territory and incorporate influences from his roots in Africa. " — Herbie Hancock
"…a new Afro-jazz star who clearly will be with us for a long time. " — DownBeat