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Julian Lage on guitar

This text could easily start off with an unlawful quote form Kundera’s “The unbearable lightness of being”, but we will not do that, and we will not even go as far as saying “To play is like to breathe”, what we will do is dive deep into some facts about the world of Julian Lage – today’s topic. The story begins in the US in 1997 at a Santana show and not ends in 2018, Sarajevo and John Zorn…
We have seen Julian Lage live twice already and we feel it’s about time to say a couple of words about it. It’s not every day that such miracles happen.
Before he became a permanent fixture in John Zorn (and later on parallel to that), Julian Lage was a very popular child, known as a wunderkind. His guitar has a million faces, a million moods and a million messages. At the same time, he himself is a very bright and optimistic person, that is very in touch with himself and is peacefully floating through earth. With the humbleness of someone who’s really capable and talented.
We start from the beginning: wunderkind Julian Lage had his first performance at the age of 12 at the Grammys. But even before that, at the age of 9(!), he plays with not just anyone, but Carlos Santana! Allow me to share the video of that performance with you, because it adds to the context of his story. 
For his 31 years, in 2018 Julian Lage already has quite a rich discography behind him. Always different, always multifaced. Here we give a few examples from various
projects of his, both solo and collaborations with some of the biggest faces in music today. For sure, he’s one for the books.
During our two live meetings with him in Sarajevo he was playing John Zorn’s music: in 2018 – as a participant in Book of Angels and Book Beriah. Sometimes there’s moments where the depth and the magic of what’s happening in front of you can’t really be described with words – you have to live it to feel it. Those are some of those moments. The music from “Midsummer Moon” and “Book Beriah” by John Zorn.

For the ending we are listening to Julian Lage, Kenny Wollesen and Scott Colley’s I'll Be Seeing You and Nocturne from the album “Live in Los Angeles”. Here you’ll probably find someone saying “So what!”, but that will only last until the first verse!

January 2019
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