Primary Instrument: Guitar
A jazz guitarist was not what Lage Lund dreamt of becoming as a kid. “My first career goal was to move to New York and be a breakdancer in the subway stations.” Even though he now lives in NY, he has so far avoided making his living in the subway system. Pro skater was his next ambition, one that he devoted all of his time to over the next 6 years. Incredibly frustrated with being a skateboarder in an area of the world that is covered with snow 4 months of the year, Lage diverted his attention to music at age 13.
While Skien, Norway might not be the birthplace of jazz, Lage was drawn to the music. This, along with a scholarship to Berklee, led him to relocate to Boston right after graduating high school. There he found a great community of musicians through the schools and through a steady gig at famed Wally’s jazz café. In 2002 a grant from the Fulbright foundation offered him the opportunity to move to New York, and in 2003 he entered the Juilliard schools full scholarship jazz program as the first electric guitarist in the history of the school.
Lage has been a fixture in the jazz clubs since he relocated to NY, frequently leading bands at Smalls, 55bar, The Jazz Gallery, as well as larger venues like Jazz at Lincoln Center, Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center. At the same time he is a busy sideman working with a variety of highly established musicians like Carmen Lundy, Ingrid Jensen, Wynton Marsalis and the LCJO, Eric Revis, Seamus Blake and others.
Taking the first place at the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition made people outside of New York take notice of this guitarist, and with a couple of records in the works this trend will hopefully continue.
Awards:2005 - Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition
Young guitar virtuoso... --New Yorker
As unequivocally strong as everyone is on the date, it's Lund who stands out, if only because he is a younger player with a small but increasingly significant discography... Lund is a master of construction, with a warm tone reminiscent of Pat Metheny, but far less processed.; --All About Jazz Review of Way Out Willy
A modernist, he exhibited an effortless prowess, embroidering Billy Strayhorn's Isfahan with intricate, beatifully contoured lines, then etching angular phrasing in a burning quintet performance of Wayne Shorter's Pinnochio. --Downbeat Magazine
Darting, articulate lines. Artful arrangement... --JazzTimes Magazine
all music, all soul.. --Russell Malone
Percussive flurries of blues-drenched bop... With Lunds light touch, he harmonized the melody with great finesse and maturity.. --Modern Guitars Magazine