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Pioneer artist of his generation, a jazz guitarist, composer and arranger - Julian Lage - will perform for the first time ever in Croatia at Avantgarde Jazz Festival on May 13 this year.

This season, Avantgarde jazz festival, whose main sponsor is Maistra, will gather some of the most important names in the world jazz scene, and thus enrich the cultural and tourist offer of the town of Rovinj and provide local and international audience with pleasure of listening to music at the prestigious locations of Rovinj. The concert of Julian Lage, which is the first in a series of six concerts of the festival, will be held at Maistra''s hotel Monte Mulini starting at 8:00 p.m. The following famous jazz musicians will perform as an accompanying band: Tupac Mantilla (drums and percussion), Jorge Roeder (bass), Dan Blake (saxophone) and Aristides Rivas (cello).

Julian Lage has achieved a reputation as a versatile musician who combines elements of jazz, blues, folk, Indian and classical music. His talent is confirmed by numerous reviews from prominent music magazines like Down Beat, Planet Jazz, Just Jazz Guitar Player, San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographics and the Los Angeles Times.

Julian Lage was a prodigy who began performing on stage at the age of six and two years later he played with the legendary Carlos Santana. Marc Becker made an Academy Award-nominated documentary about him called “Jules at Eight”. When he turned thirteen in 2000 he performed at the Grammy Awards. Though by then he had already earned the epithet “virtuoso”, he wanted formal jazz and classical education and studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sonoma State University, Ali Akbar College of Music and the famous Berklee College of Music.

As a seven-year-old boy Lage played with the famous vibraphonist, composer and teacher Gary Burton and in 2004 Burton released an album called “Generations”, followed by “Next Generations” in 2005. In 2009 Lage, whose recordings are featured on many compilations, finally released his debut album called “Sounding Point” and got excellent reviews and a nomination for the 2010 Grammy in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category.

In the famous DownBeat’s “Blindfold Test” Jim Hall listened to records trying to guess who the performers are and when he heard the recording of Lage’s “Li''l Darlin''” from that album, the legendary guitarist said: “That’s Julian Lage. I am familiar with his work from when he was eleven years old. I admire him – he is different. He offers a completely unique approach to the well-known Count Basie standard “Li''l Darlin''”. In the meantime Julian Lage recorded his second solo album „Gladwell“ released this year.

He has performed with famous artists such as Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Charles Lloyd, Billy Higgins, Bobby Hutcherson, Toots Thielemanson, Kenny Werner, Nnenna Freelon, Christian McBride, Martin Taylor and Eric Harland. He has given many concerts and appeared at numerous jazz festivals all over the world including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the St. Louis Jazz Festival, etc. In 2010 in cooperation with Mark O''Connor’s Hot Swing Trio he gave an outstanding concert at the Savannah Music Festival.

Concert tickets can be purchased in advance at Eventim points of sale and at www.eventim.hr at a price of HRK 200.00 for Zone I and HRK 160.00 for Zone II.

Besides Maistra, media sponsors and partners of the concert are the Town of Rovinj Tourist Association, Zagrebačka banka, Coca Cola, Ožujsko, Jutarnji list, tpotral.hr and muzika.hr.

More about the concert at www.montemulinihotel.com/hr/aktivnosti/eventi/julianlage.