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Primary Instrument: Guitar

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....
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Awards

1989, 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»
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    Nguyen Le With Michael Gibbs & NDR Bigband: Celebrating The Dark Side...

    ACT Music
    2014
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    Songs of Freedom

    ACT Music
    2011
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    Nguyen Le: Signature Edition 1

    ACT Music
    2010
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    Signature Edition 1

    ACT Music
    2010
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    Saiyuki


    2009
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    Dream Flight

    ACT Music
    2008
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    Fragile Beauty

    ACT Music
    2008
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Few musicians embody the word “fusion” more than Parisian-born guitarist Nguyên Lê. For the past 25 years he's been mining a combination of fusion by the more conventional definition—the infusion of rock energy into the jazz sphere—with fusion in a broader sense, the seamless integration of music from cultures around the world. (All About Jazz)

Nguyên Lê is a masterful, inventive player who has cultivated a wholly unique voice on the intsrument, he ranks right up there with Frisell, John Scofield, Mike Stern & Allan Holdsworth in the post Hendrix world of jazz guitar (Jazztimes)

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