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Sylvain Luc

Technical mastery has never been my goal. Music is not a competition. You play music. You live music. Music is sharing - it shouldn’t divide people. On tour in duet with Biréli Lagrene, duet with Stephane Bemmondo
Sylvain Luc was born in 1965 in Bayonne. At the age of four, he began playing guitar, then violin, then studied cello for ten years at the Bayonne Conservatory. In 1988, he moved to Paris, where he worked as an arranger, composer and accompanist of popular music artists (Catherine Lara, Michel Jonazs, Al Jarreau…) while still continuing jazz as a bassist in the Richard Galliano Trio and guitarist with Eric Le Lann.
During his career, Sylvain worked with some of the greatest musicians , including : Wynton Marsalis, Steve Gadd, Lokua Kanza, Michel Legrand, Elvin Jones, Dee Dee Brigewater, Manu Katché, Stéphane Belmondo, Michel Portal, Bobby Thomas Jr., Andy Sheppard, Alain Caron, Bernard Lubat, Steve Lukather, Keyvan Chémirani, Victor Bailey, Larry Coyrell, Al Di Meola, Didier Lockwood, John Mc Laughlin, Billy Cobham, Richard Bona...
In 1993, Sylvain became the ambassador for « Godin » Guitars throughout the world.
His 1st album « Piaia » was released in 1993. Followed by “Petit Déjà,” (1994) a duet with his old friend Louis WINSBERG, and “Ameskeri”, an intimate duet with Stéphane Belmondo (1999). 2000 iwas an excellent vintage year. His duet album with Biréli Lagrène which has sold over 70,000 copies. And Sylvain released the 1st album of the band « Trio Sud » With drummer André Ceccarelli and bassist Jean-Marc Jafet, Three years later, they won the “Victoire de la Musique” award for best jazz group.

In 2003, Sylvain Luc recorded his second solo album « Ambre », and starts touring in Europe and South America, or all over USA and Canada, with the International Guitar Night Festival.
Since then, he had been playing all over the world, with famous musicians, such as Michel Portal, Eric Longsworth, Olivier Ker Ourio, Jacky Terrasson… he was invited to represent France at the IAEJ conference in New-York with Didier Lockwood, Richard Galliano and Olivier Ker Ourio…
In 2008, Sylvain Luc won the “Django d’Or” music award for his achievementsand played in the “String Quartet” band with Didier Lockwood, Victor Bailey and Billy Cobham.

Luc's schedule since 2009 included solo concerts, concerts in duet with Biréli Lagrène, Médéric Collignon and Philip Catherine and in trio with Trio Sud. Also on the program were projects like “All Stars” with Richard Bona and Steve Gadd and “Nomad’s Land” with Didier Lockwood, Ira Coleman, Bijan and Keyvan Chémirani. Recently, Sylvain was invited by Michel Legrand to play at his 50-year jubilee concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.
His last album, « Standards », mix of jazz standards and French tunes, is a real succes, in shops, and on stage, and is unanimously acclaimed by the press…

In 2010, Sylvain Luc received the Award of Jazz musician of the year from the SACEM, and in 2011 from the French Jazz Academy.

In May 2011, Sylvain recorded a new album with André Ceccarelli (drums) and Thierry Eliez (piano). « Organic ».They released the album at the prestigious Pleyel concert hall in Paris, with Richard Bona as a guest.
In Nov 2013, Sylvain released a solo album about nursery rhymes « Souvenirs d’Enfance », and recorded in 2014, with Stefano di Battista in Quartet an album inspired by movies soundtracks (Ennio Morricone, Nino Rotta, Michel Legrand, etc).

In 2015, to mark the centenary of both Edith Piaf and accordionist Gus Viseur’s births’ , Sylvain Luc and Richard Galliano decide to pay them a beautiful tribute recording their album « La Vie en Rose », and playing the repertoire in all the greatest jazz festival and venues.
In the mean time, Sylvain continues touring with Stefano Di Battista, or other talended musicians such as Daniel Mille, Philip Catherine or Oliver Ker Ourio...
The latest creations of Sylvain Luc continue to embrace vast musical universes. From Iran with the brilliant Chemirani’s brothers playing percussions, to classical Guitarist Marylise Florid, with whom he released an album. A poetic journey from Bach to contemporary trends of South Music, from Spain to Brazil. Both guitarists are masters in the art of expression of feelings, with delicacy, elegance and sensitivity. An astonishing mosaic made of original compositions and free improvisations.

In 2019, Sylvain Luc & Stéphane Belmondo will be celebrating the 20 years anniversary of their numerous time-winning record 'Ameskeri', and taking back the road as a duo.

Always seeking for new sounds, Sylvain Luc continues his exploration in recording studio. Made with the french producer Renaud Létang , his new solo album "French Touch", will be released.


2020 - Sylvain Luc by Renaud Letang
Just Looking Productions/Harmonia Mundi Pias

2019 - Stéphane Belmondo & Sylvain Luc - 2.0
Naive/Believe Digital

2015 - La vie en rose - Duo avec Richard Galliano

2014 - Giu’ La Testa » avec Stefano di Battista
Just Looking Productions

2013 - Souvenirs d'Enfance

2011 - Organic avec André Ceccarelli et Thierry Eliez
Dreyfus Jazz

2009 - Summertime avec Biréli Lagrène
Dreyfus Jazz

2009 - Standards
Dreyfus Jazz

2008 - You and Fine - Trio Sud
Dreyfus Jazz

2006 - Joko
Dreyfus Jazz

2003 - Ambre
Dreyfus Jazz

2000 - Piaïa naïa avec Francis Lassus

2000 - Duet avec Biréli Lagrène
Dreyfus Jazz

2000 - Nahia

2000 - Trio Sud
Dreyfus Jazz

1999 - Ameskeri, avec Stéphane Belmondo

1994 - Petits Déjà avec Louis Winsberg

1993 - Piaia


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