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Collomore Music Series Presents Lionel Loueke Trio Nov. 24, 2013

In Chester CT Events, Music on November 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

West African guitarist Lionel LouekeThe Lionel Loueke Trio will perform at the Chester Meeting House on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. The concert is the second in the 40th anniversary season of the Robbie Collomore Concert Series.

West African guitarist Lionel Loueke has been called a “riveting performer” who “makes a powerful first impression” (San Francisco Jazz). He’s also been hailed as a “gentle virtuoso” by the New York Times and a “musical painter” by Herbie Hancock.

The Collomore Concert Series is pleased to be bringing this exciting guitarist to the Chester Meeting House on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 5 p.m.

Lionel Loueke started out on vocals and percussion in his native Benin, in West Africa. Following a scholarship to Berklee Music School and a stint at the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz, he has played with many contemporary jazz greats.

A veteran of bands led by Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock, Loueke brings jazz into vibrant contact with the sounds of West Africa, in particular his native Benin. The title of his most recent acclaimed recording, Heritage, is a direct reference to his personal odyssey. “I have two heritages,” Loueke says. “One is from my ancestors from Africa, and that goes through my music, my body, my soul, every aspect of what I do. But also I have the heritage from the Occident, from the West, from Europe and the U.S.”

Tickets for the Lionel Loueke concert on Nov. 24 are $21. For students from elementary through graduate school, a ticket is $5. All ticket-holders are invited to stay for a reception after the concert to meet Loueke, his bassist Michael Olatuja and his drummer John Davis.

Ticket info: (860) 526-5162 or www.collomoreconcerts.org. The Chester Meetinghouse is located on Goose Hill Road in Chester.

 

 

 

 

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