Julian Lage: guitarist for the future

The American guitarist Julian Lage has released a new album Archlight which was featured by Billboard magazine among “five new jazz albums you need to check out”.

Lage has been performing since he was 5 years young, he was proclaimed a child prodigy who shared the stage at the age of eight with such names as Carlos Santana, Pat Metheny, Kenny Werner, Toots Thielemans, Martin Taylor and David Grisman, while in 1997 his story was captured in the Oscar nominated documentary Jules at Eight. He performed at the Grammy Awards at the age of 13 and graduated eight years later from the prestigious Berkeley College.

In the year to follow he released his first album Sounding Point which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, followed by numerous collaborations in the meantime and his fourth album as a leader this year.

Arclight was produced by Grammy award winner Jesse Harris who collaborated with notable vocalists Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux. Lage recorded his new album with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen whom we had the chance to hear at Jazz Fest Sarajevo, Colley in 2008 as a member of the Dave Douglas Trio and the latter one in 2014 as a member of Bill Frisell – Guitar in the Space Age!

Julian Lage will have his first performance in Sarajevo at the 20th Jazz Fest.

Nocturne is one of the compositions from this album that will “engage even the most intimidated of jazz listeners, and will keep them on the hook”, wrote the Billboard journalist.

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