Born: January 14, 1959
Born in Paris from vietnamese parents, he began to play drums at the age of 15, then took up guitar & electric bass. After graduating in Visual Arts, he majored in Philosophy, writing a thesis on Exoticism. Then he devoted to music, creating ULTRAMARINE (1983), a multi-ethnic band whose CD De has been considered 1989' s best World Music album Philippe Conrath, Liberation.
Nguyen LE is a self-taught musician, with a wide scope of interests : Rock & Funk (Jim Cuomo, Madagascar tour 84), Jazz standards & contemporary Jazz (bass player with Marc Ducret, guitar player with Eric Barret), Improvised Music (Yves Robert), Singers (Ray Charles), Contemporary Music (Andre Almuro, Tona Scherchen, Marius Constant, Mauricio Kagel), Ethnic Music : African & Caribbean with ULTRAMARINE , Algerian with Safy Boutella & Cheb Mami, Indian with Kakoli, Turkish with Kudsi Erguner, Vietnamese with his Dan Bau (traditional one-stringed instrument) teacher Truong Tang....
Awards1989, Ultramarine's "Dé" cd : Best world music album, Libération daily newspaper 1996, "Tales from Viet-Nam" CD : Diapason d'Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Choc of Year Jazzman, 2nd best CD for JAZZTHING (Germany), Best CD 96 on radio TRS2 (CH) 1999 : nominated for Victoires de la Musique, France. "Bakida" album : "best jazz album of the year" by "CD Compact" (Spain). 2004, "Mangustao" CD : Choc de la Musique 2006 : "Django d'Or" award 2011 : «Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts & des Lettres» french cultural minister award. "Songs of Freedom" CD : "Record of the Year" Jazzman 2013 Vietnamese awards for "Doc Dao" CD : «Best Song of the Year», «Man of the year» & «Best Show of the Year»
Nguyen Le With Michael Gibbs & NDR Bigband: Celebrating The Dark Side...ACT Music
Songs of FreedomACT Music
Nguyen Le: Signature Edition 1ACT Music
Signature Edition 1ACT Music
Dream FlightACT Music
Fragile BeautyACT Music
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- Songs of Freedom by John Kelman