Ferenc Nemethis one of the best drummers in the world. Born in Hungary, his jazz education, as was the case with many of his contemporaries, took place and was shaped at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles. Raised in a family of musicians, he found his vocation as a musician at a very early age. An accomplished & versatile musician, he continues to push the boundaries of drumming and composition over the years. Passionate & imaginative, he is well regarded for his work with the Lionel Loueke Trio and GilFeMa (with Lionel Loueke & Massimo Biolcati), although he has also collaborated with a number of collective projects as well as others on a more personal level.
Nemeth has played with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, the Billy Child’s Trio, Bob Sheppard, Dave Carpenter, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, the Henry Mancini Orchestra, Christian McBride, John Patitucci, Lionel Loueke, John Abercrombie, Dave Samuels, Mark Turner, Hal Crook, David Benoit, Bud Shank, Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson, Dave Grusin, Eddie Daniels, Eddie Henderson, Ron McClure, Chris Cheek, Aaron Goldberg, Kenny Wheeler, Eli Degibri, Jonathan Kreisberg, John Ellis, Omer Avital, Ilayaraja, the Kenny Werner Coalition & Dhafer Youssef.
As an educator, Nemeth participates on a regular basis in workshops and teaching programmes all round the world; lately at the University of Siena, the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India, the Kodolanyi University in Hungary, the Bartok Conservatory in Hungary, the Asheville Percussion Festival in North Carolina and the Wheeler School in Providence. In 2011, Ferenc launched an app at the Mac AppStore called “Drum School,” which is an educational tool including over 400 drum grooves and hand exercises. This app is a rhythm library, an instructional DVD and a method book, all in one.
Chris Cheek is one of the most sought after saxophonists in the Jazz world today, having played in the the groups of legends such as Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow and Bill Frisell. As a leader he has performed with the likes of Jorge Rossy, Brad Mehldau, Steve Cardenas and Kurt Rosenwinkle. He has released five solo discs, titled Saturday Songs, I Wish I Knew, A Girl Named Joe, Vine & Blues Cruise.
Chris’ music encompasses a wide vista, firmly rooted in the jazz tradition with a foot towards the unknown. His flexible, dynamic sound on all the saxophones, along with his adaptability and inventiveness makes him a valuable contribution to every band he plays with.
Lionel-Loueke ©Jean-Baptiste-MillotLionel Loueke
is an African guitarrist born in Benin, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past ten years; especially after having played at a number of concerts & recordings alongside Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Steve Gadd, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kenny Barron, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano and many others. He was the winner of the prestigious prize “Eco” in the year 2013. Among his most acclaimed works is Heritage, a disc which was awarded the Edison Jazz/World Prize 2010. He had also received the ‘Up & Coming Musician of the Year’ award by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2008 and the Grammy Award for his participation in the album River by Herbie Hancock in the year 2007.
As a soloist he has released nine discs, four of them on the famous ‘Blue Note’ recording label.
Ferenc Nemeth Freedom Trio featuring Lionel Loueke and Chris Cheek
Ferenc Nemeth: Drums, percussion, vocal.
Lionel Loueke: Guitar, vocal.
Chris Cheek: Saxophone.