Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Lionel Loueke Trio (Benin/USA)

Fri 28 Apr 2017

Music

Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre @ 8pm.

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.

A Blue Note artist, Loueke combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African folk and rhythmic forms, as well as extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound.

“The band switch between Hendrix-like wails, kora-like chimes and power-trio rock in a blink- the songs are consistently strong”- The Guardian

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

TICKET DEALS & PACKAGES:

• MERMAID & TOWN HALL EVENING PACKAGE   €30
(weekend pass will permit entrance early evening Town Hall show plus the same night’s concert at Mermaid Arts Centre. Save €7)
• ALL EVENING PASS (FRI/SAT) €40  (SUNDAY NIGHT: €42)
(Pass will permit entrance to early evening Town Hall show, Mermaid headline concert and The Well 9.30pm performance. Save €9/€11)
• MERMAID & AFTERNOON RECITAL €30
(Buy a ticket to any of the Mermaid Arts Centre concerts and also get ticket to Saturday afternoon recital at The Well, featuring Roamer. Save €3)

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Ticket Prices

€25 Full Price