It will be an exciting and unmissable two days that the Saint Louis has organized for students and the Roman public. The genius Lage Lund, one of the most important and appreciated jazz guitarists in the world, will in fact be the protagonist of a double appointment. The September 22 from 6 to 8 pm, in the headquarters in Via Urbana 49 / a, he will play the role of the teacher in one masterclasses; the next day, September 23, at 9 pm, he will perform in concert at the Casa del Jazz, as part of the billboard of JAMMIN’; for the occasion will play with the students of the Biennium of Specialization of the Jazz Department of Saint Louis: Xuzhi Chen, Antonio Ottaviano (sax), Emanuele Bono, Giuseppe Sacchi (piano), Flavio Vegliante (bass), Lorenzo Lupi (drums).
Born in Bergen in 1977, and raised in Skien, Lage Lund left Norway in 1997 to move to Boston after earning a scholarship to Berklee. Five years later, in 2002, he moved to New York; in the Big Apple, in addition to strengthening his book of excellent collaborations, he was the first electric guitarist to be admitted to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. In the short span of three years Lund not only created his first stable formations (excellent the one with the formidable saxophonist Jaleel Shaw), but he had the opportunity to refine his language, in perfect balance between modernity and tradition, and his sound , so rich, full of nuances and instantly recognizable. The combination of the two elements earned him, in 2005, the victory at the Thelonious Monk Guitar Competition (on the podium Miles Okazaki and David Mooney), the award that crowns musicians under 30 who have not yet recorded records in their own name. The jury consisted of Earl Klugh, Russell Malone, John Pizzarelli, Pat Martino and Bill Frisell.
The victory definitely took off Lund's career, who has since inaugurated a series of recordings, both as a sideman and as a leader, of impressive quality, preferring the guitar-bass-drums trio, without however disdaining the quartet with the adding a wind instrument or piano. The latest record of him, Terrible Animals (2019), published like the others by Criss Cross, contains only his compositions and has been welcomed with extreme favor by critics and the public, being - perhaps - the beginning of a new stylistic course, more ambitious, visionary, open to more experimentation. daring, thanks also to the musicians who make up his new quartet: Sullivan Fortner (piano), Larry Grenadier (double bass) and Tishawn Sorey (drums).
Indicated by Pat Metheny as his favorite guitarist, and by Kurt Rosenwinkel as the most interesting of young guitarists around, Lage Lund is a constantly evolving musician, a master of standards treatment and a brave and reckless innovator.