One of jazz’s breezier virtuosos, possessed of an unflappable technical facility and a seemingly boundless curiosity, guitarist Julian Lage already boasts a resume that an artist twice his age would be proud to claim. Julian has long been heralded in musician circles for his virtuosic ability as an acoustic guitarist; in fact, he was a guitar prodigy, whose early genius was captured in a 1997 Oscar-nominated documentary short, “Jules at 8”. The New York-based artist has collaborated with such giants as Gary Burton, Jim Hall, David Grisman, Béla Fleck, and Chales Lloyd. He's released four albums as a leader and a few others in duo situations, including Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, pianist Fred Hersch, and Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge. “Arclight”, Julian Lage’s debut for “Mack Avenue” (2016), marks his first recorded outing on electric guitar in a trio format, backed by double bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen. On “Arclight” Lage displays his interpretive skills, exploring two distinct periods: music from the early to mid-20th century - “jazz before be-bop”, including the blues, as he puts it, - and “the Keith Jarrett American quartet period, an improvisational jazz era that had such a rich connection to songs and to folk music. “Arclight” reveals another facet of Lage's burgeoning artistry, finding him moving beyond the acoustic asceticism that defined his earliest recordings and into a more expansive mode of expression.
13 October Macedonian National Theatre, 22:00