April 14, 2016, NEW YORK CITY – New York-based guitarist, composer, and arranger Julian Lage has been receiving glowing reviews for his most recent release, Arclight, cementing a prominent place for himself in the burgeoning modern jazz scene.
In a recent Billboard article, Lage’s Arclight was named one of the top five must-hear original jazz albums of 2016:
“Notes of prog stay ‘jazzy’ with the sparse ensemble, while Lage’s [lyrical] gift leaves the listener with melodies likely to endure even after just one listen…Lage’s inventive arrangements will engage even the most intimidated of jazz listeners, and his omnivorous , memorable flights will keep them on the hook.”
–Natalie Weiner, Billboard
A former child guitar prodigy, Lage (now 28) has already carved out a remarkable career for himself, with roots “tangled in jazz, folk, classical, and country music” (New York Times). Lage was the subject of the 1997 Oscar-nominated documentary Jules at Eight, made his first recording at the age of 11 with bluegrass legend David “Dawg” Grisman, and earned a “Best Contemporary Jazz Album” Grammy nomination for his 2009 release, Sounding Point.