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Update 3/12/2010:

The Lionel Loueke Masterclass in Brooker Hall March 12 has been postponed to 4 p.m.

The clinic at McEachern High School has been canceled.

Posting Date: February 11, 2010

Lionel Loueke Trio to perform in Premiere Series

Kennesaw State performance features unique musical style of Benin-born artist

For media inquiries: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Director of Public Relations,
770-499-3417 or

KENNESAW, Ga.—The Lionel Loueke Trio will perform at Kennesaw State University on March 13 at 8 p.m at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The Trio’s performance is part of the KSU Premiere Series, the flagship concert series of the KSU School of Music.

Bobby Asher, director of the Bailey Center, describes Loueke as a virtuoso guitarist whose style of jazz is unlike anything ever heard before. Loueke's innovative sound can be attributed to low-pitched nylon stringed guitars, complex rhythms, singing melodies and virtuoso technique. His music is characterized by its blend of West African roots with contemporary jazz


Lionel Loueke

It is that unique sound quality of Loueke that Asher believes will be a crowd pleaser. “He is one of the greatest players of the jazz world,” says Asher. “It’s going to be an exciting time.”


Born in the West African country of Benin, Loueke attended the National Institute of Art in the nearby Ivory Coast. In 1994, he left Africa to study jazz at the American School of Modern Music in Paris. Following his studies in Paris, Loueke was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music.


After Berklee, he attended Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles to study under his mentors Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. His latest album, “Mwaliko” (meaning “invitation” in Swahili) was released on Feb. 9. "Mwaliko" is Loueke's second release on the prestigious Blue Note label, following the success of his 2007 debut album "Karibu."


The performance follows a special master class on March 12 in which Loueke will work with jazz guitar students from KSU. Attendance at the master class is open to the public. “It will be a great weekend for KSU,” says Assistant Director of the Bailey Center David Daly.


Tickets for the concert are $30. Student and group discounts are available. For more information, visit the KSU box office or call 770-423-6650.



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The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.



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