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.
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The guitarist Lage Lund exudes a diffident and self-deprecating kind of cool. He's not a talker, or even much of a frontman. But as he demonstrated at the TriBeCa Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night, his playing and presence can both be casually magnetic. Like Jim Hall, one of the guitarists in his heroes' gallery, he channels reticence into a whisper-quiet mystique.
--The New York Times
Young guitar virtuoso...
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..