Eric Lohrer Quartet : Eric Lohrer, guitar Jean-Charles Richard, soprano saxophone Eric Surmenian, double bass Patrick Goraguer, drums recorded january 2007 at Audiolane Studio by Bruce Cherbit. Mixed & mastered april 2007 at Boxson by Philippe Teiisier Du Cros. Graphic Design : Valerie Charlanne Photos : Nicolas Ilinski Eric Lohrer Biography Guitarist and composer b. 1965 in Paris, France. A self-taught man, Eric Lohrer's musical career debuted during his studies of philosophy. By the age of 23 he had recorded his first disc in a trio, upon which reviews heaped immediate praise. He then found himself deeply involved in numerous jazz projects, first with his groups The Eric Lohrer Trio and Open Air, and then in collaboration with such musicians as Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Lelann, Andy Emler, Eric Barret, Edouard Ferlet and Julien Lourau. Eric also went solo in 1998 with an acoustical tribute to Thelonious Monk entitled évidence. Lohrer's journey has been marked by many noteworthy incursions into other musical domains. There is rock 'n' roll with the band Superphenix, French chanson with Jeanne Cherhal, Alain Chamfort, Steve Nieve and Lilicub. He does soul with Almo, world music with Geoffrey Oryema, Mama Ohandja, l'Orchestre National de Barbès and Diogal, and contemporary music with l'Ensemble l'Itinéraire; he's even recorded with the unclassifiable group Olympic Gramophon. This cornucopia of experience has led to many gigs at some of Paris's finest nightclubs, including the Olympia, Cigale, Grand Rex, Elysée Montmartre, Bataclan and New Morning. Nationally he has performed at jazz festivals from Antibes to Marciac, from Vienne to Nice, in the suburbs with Banlieues Bleues and at many other festivals and events around the country. He has also toured extensively overseas. In 2007 he played in Montreux and toured India with his Quartet. In 2005 he did Russia, Lebanon, Ecuador and Tunisia while also finding time for the Tokyo New Jazz Festival. In other years he has performed Canada, Italy, Spain, Germany, Romania, Moldavia, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, and taken part in WOMAD events in Sicily, South Africa, Singapore, England and the United States. He's toured the Middle East and Sudan. He's toured Western Africa. He's even taken his music to Madagascar. Eric Lohrer's newest project, in quartet, is devoted to his return to the jazz scene, beginning with his involvement in Fire and Forget by Julien Lourau (two albums, recorded in France and overseas). This new quartet has released an album : 'Selene Song', in February 2008.
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