American jazz composer and guitarist Julian Lage will perform Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m., at Wilton Library. Often categorized as a jazz musician, his music is rooted in both traditional and acoustic forms.
A child prodigy, Mr. Lage was the subject of a 1997 documentary, “Jules at Eight,” and at age 13 performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards. During his early career he performed as a sideman with other musicians, including several who have performed at the library: Taylor Eigsti, Fred Hersch and Dayna Stephens.
His debut album came in 2009, Sounding Point, which was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award Best Contemporary Jazz Album. He has since created two more albums as a leader; the most recent is World’s Fair, a solo acoustic guitar project, which was released this month. In addition to his own quintet, he has recorded with Gary Burton, David Grisman, Eric Harland, Anthony Wilson, Martin Taylor, Joshua Bell and Yoko Ono. His most recent duo album, “Free Flying” with Fred Hersch received a coveted five-star review in Down Beat magazine.
He classically trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studied at Sonoma State University and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2008. He has been a faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University since age 15. Formerly from the San Francisco Bay Area, he now calls New York City home.
An informal reception follows the concert. CDs will be available for purchase and signing. A donation of $10 per person is suggested. Registration is highly recommended for this very popular jazz series.
Information: wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213.