Former child prodigy Julian Lage, recognized for his uncanny improvisational ability, is a musical force to be reckoned with. When he was four years old, his father, a visual artist, had made him a plywood guitar, based on a Fender Esquire he’d traced from a Bruce Springsteen poster. As a young and preternaturally gifted musician, Lage found supporters in such artists as vibraphonist Gary Burton and veteran jazz guitarist Jim Hall. His original compositions and cross-genre collaborations make him a rising star in the jazz world as well as an engaging performer. As one of the most prodigious guitarists of his generation, Lage has long displayed an ability to explore a wide range of sounds, ideas and genres.
His biography expands on his artistic evolution:
"Julian Lage is of the 'highest category of improvising musicians, those who can enact thoughts and impulses as they receive them' (New Yorker). The California-born, now New York-based guitarist has evolved from collaborator (with giants such as Gary Burton, Jim Hall, David Grisman, Béla Fleck, and Charles Lloyd) to band leader […] The New Yorker muses: 'There’s a disarming spirit of generosity in the musicianship of Julian Lage, and a keener sense of judicious withholding. A guitarist with roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical and country music…'"
The Julian Lage Trio, featuring bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Eric Doob, will perform in the cutting-edge Chapman Foundations Recital Hall in the Ent Center for the Arts on May 11. UCCS Presents is proud to offer critically-acclaimed musicians like Lage as part of the Artist Series’s first season. Get your tickets to this unforgettable night here.