Black String & Nguyén Lé Tickets
Grand Junction, Paddington.
'There are tricky time signatures, a nod of thanks to Ornette Coleman's Lonely Woman for a guitar solo, and constant tonal shifts from the geomungo itself. Elegant and accomplished' (**** Karma 2019, Guardian)
To mark the band's 10th anniversary, Black String return to the K-Music Festival with their old friend, musical companion, and one of the most versatile jazz guitarists Nguyên Lê. This is an extremely rare opportunity to watch them perform together presenting the masterpieces from Karma, their collaborative work.
New sounds from the ancient instruments create their unique musical language drawing on traditional Korean music, jazz, and improvisation. Extraordinary, enigmatic music wells up from silence and grasps the senses.
ACT artists Black String burst on to the London scene in 2011, their rise to the top saw them close K-Music 2019 to a rapturous crowd within the EFG London Jazz Festival. Their storming international debut Mask Dance earned them a 2018 Songlines Music Award, their award ceremony performance being a true representation of 'borderless contemporary Korean music'
Born in Paris and of Vietnamese decent, Nguyên Lê began to play drums at the age of 15, later taking up guitar & electric bass. After graduating in Visual Arts, he majored in Philosophy, writing a thesis on Exoticism, returning to music to found ULTRAMARINE (1983), a multi-ethnic band whose release DÉ has been considered "1989's Best World Music album" Philippe Conrath, Libération.
A self-taught musician, Nguyên Lê played outside stylistic borders; rock & funk, jazz standards & avant-garde jazz, pop, contemporary music, and global music including African & Caribbean with ULTRAMARINE.
'A masterful, inventive player who has cultivated a wholly unique voice on the instrument, he ranks right up there with Frisell, John Scofield, Mike Stern & Allan Holdsworth in the post Hendrix world of jazz guitar' (Jazztimes)