Rikus Grobler | Aug 22, 2017 | 0
An evening of Jazz with Laurent Coq at the NTN
The Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) in collaboration with the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN), Institut Francais and Protea Hotel Namibia, present French Jazz artist Laurent Coq. With his enthusiasm for jazz and technical mastery of the piano, France-born Laurent Coq has attracted acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. He comes to Namibia with his latest Jazz trio to present their album, “Dialogue”.
Born in 1970 in Marseille, Coq has been playing piano since the age of seven. After three year of private tuition, he entered the Aix-en-Provence National Music Conservatory as a 10-year old under tutor Madame Courtin. He received the conservatoire’s First Prize eight years later and moved to Paris to devote himself to Jazz. Today, living between Paris and New York, Laurent Coq is one of France’s most versatile and creative Jazz musicians.
Dialogue is Coq’s 8th album as a leader. This entirely new repertoire has been largely inspired by two young musicians of French West Indies descent: Ralph Lavital on guitar and Nicolas Pélage on vocals.
In 1988 Coq went to the Parisian Jazz School CIM where he stayed two years. In 1994 he earned a grant from the French government to study in New York with John Hicks, Mulgrew Miller, and most notably Bruce Barth who produced his first two albums and is his mentor.
As time passed, Coq started teaching music and then he formed a trio with himself as pianist, accompanied by a vocalist and a guitarist.
His show in Windhoek is his second performance on African soil. Previously he appeared on stage in Bulawayo. For an evening of laid back music be sure not to miss a night of one of France’s greatest artist at the NTN Backstage theatre next week Wednesday, 26 June. Tickets are available in advance for N$60 at the NTN box office and N$80 at the door.