Nguyên Lê Streams quartet

Origin: France / Vietnam

With his album Streams, Nguyên Lê returns to the roots of jazz in a quartet. A highly varied and successful album.


Nguyên Lê - guitar / John Hadfield - drums / Chris Jennings - ac.bas / Illya Amar - vibraphones


Nguyên Lê Streams quartet

About us

He has played with Ornette Coleman, Quincy Jones and Henri Texier, among others. Nguyên Lê is a self-taught musician with a meandering career. He has flirted with rock, explored world music and, in particular, Vietnam, the country of his parents. With his new album Streams, Nguyên Lê returns to the roots of jazz in a quartet. A highly varied and successful album.

As well as becoming an internationally acclaimed and sought-after jazz musician, Nguyên Lê has experimented with reinterpreting and arranging traditional music from many countries. By exploring each ethnic specificity as a treasure, his identity as a jazz musician has become increasingly unique. Collaborating with traditional musicians has transformed his music and forged his spirit. Drawing on this gift, Nguyên Lê now responds by writing his own compositions born out of this inner melting pot. And, in so doing, he is returning to one of the foundations of jazz, born in the voyage of cultures, from the ritual music of Africa to the American blues, from French harmonic impressionism to the harmony of bebop. At 'STREAMS' we love Clause Debussy & Béla Bartók, masters of integrating elements of traditional music into their own writing, with the result so unique, homogeneous and distinctive as we know it. A new world of inspiration opened up between tradition and modernity, East and West, North and South. Let's hear it today with 'Streams"

Nguyên Lê was born in Paris of Vietnamese parents. For over 20 years, he has constantly blended his identity as a jazz guitarist with the creation of projects on Vietnam (Tales from Viêt-Nam, Huong Thanh), North Africa (Maghreb & Friends, Karim Ziad, Dhafer Youssef) and West Africa (Etienne Mbappé), the West Indies (Ultramarine), Turkey (Kudsi Erguner), India and Japan (Saiyuki) and Korea (Baraji).

New York drummer and percussionist John Hadfield was introduced to jazz through the Kansas City tradition with saxophonist Bobby Watson. He has travelled extensively in India, Peru, the Middle East and Indonesia, learning the rhythms and instruments of each of these cultures.

Thanks to his virtuosity and open-mindedness, Illya Amar has used his vibraphone to meet musicians from India, Argentina, Vietnam and Brazil. He is currently working on arrangements of Jewish music.

Based in Paris for 12 years, Canadian bassist Chris Jennings has made a name for himself with Tunisian musician Dhafer Youssef, Yugoslavian musician Bojan Z, Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner, Algerian musician Karim Ziad and the traditional Chââbi orchestra El Gusto.