Rising jazz guitarist Lage Lund to perform

If jazz is America’s musical gift to the world, Norwegian-born guitarist Lage Lund will look to return the favor when he plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

Jazz guitarist Lage Lund.Just back from a gig with the Seamus Blake Quintet in Malaga, Spain, the Lage Lund Trio, also including Orlando Le Fleming on bass and drummer Rodney Green, will perform a program of jazz standards and original compositions. An arts talk for middle school guitarists will follow the concert.

At age 27, Lage (pronounced “lah-gay’” Lund won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Guitar Competition in 2005 at the Kennedy Center. That honor capped 15 years of intensive preparation. His studies led him from a performing arts high school in Norway to the Berklee College of Music and Juilliard Jazz, where he was the first electric guitarist in school history.

Since then, Lund has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Marcus Strickland, the Mingus Band and other jazz notables.

The young guitarist downplays his unusual musical journey with a biographical note on his Facebook page: “After failing to make it in the highly competitive snowplowing field in his hometown, Lage set a more realistic goal and pursued a career in jazz.”

But jazz reviewers around the world already take him more seriously. David Lighton of All About Jazz said “Unlikely Stories,” Lund’s new CD release, “instantly demonstrates the ability to make compelling new music without ignoring precedent.” The recording, he said, shows an evolving musician reaching a new creative level.

Local observers of jazz trends share the enthusiasm.

“Lage Lund is one of the exciting artists now breaking onto the scene,” said Rick Balestra, guitar instructor at SUNY Oswego. “He has a lyrical style like his teacher, Peter Bernstein, and strong technical ability that evokes Pat Metheny.”

Master guitar class

A select group of guitarists will take part in a master class with Lund at 4 p.m. the day of the concert on the Waterman Theatre stage. Interested members of the public are welcome to observe this teaching session and share in a conversation with the artist at its conclusion.

Tickets for the concert are $15 ($12 for seniors 60 and older and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $7 for SUNY Oswego students). Tickets are available at all SUNY Oswego box office locations, online at http://tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 315-312-2141. Parking is free in campus lots on evenings and weekends.

For more information on SUNY Oswego arts events, visit http://www.oswego.edu/arts.

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(Posted: Nov 04, 2010)

Tags: music, jazz