It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Nguyen Le

b. 14 January 1959, Paris, France. Born to Vietnamese parents, Nguyên Lê began playing drums in his early teens before switching to guitar and electric bass, being self-taught on all instruments. He studied for a degree in Visual Arts, majoring in Philosophy. Thereafter, he turned to a full-time career in music. He played rock, funk, jazz and showed a special interest in world music. In 1984, he toured Madagascar with Jim Cuomo, and also worked with Yves Robert, Andre Almuro, and Tona Scherchen. Lê’s growing fascination with ethnic music led him not only to Ultramarine (recording 1989’s Dêê and 1991’s Esimala) but also to projects with Algerian singer Safy Boutella and Vietnamese Truong Tang (his teacher on the dan bau, a traditional one-stringed instrument). In 1987, Lê joined the Orchestre National De Jazz under musical director Antoine Hervé. This engagement led to an opportunity to play with many noted jazz musicians, including Carla Bley, Randy Brecker, Gil Evans, Johnny Griffin, Steve Lacy, Didier Lockwood, Courtney Pine, Louis Sclavis and Steve Swallow. For his debut as leader, 1989’s Miracles, Lê went to the USA where he enlisted front rank support in Art Lande, Marc Johnson and Peter Erskine. From the early 90s, he was a regular guest soloist with the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Big Band, working with composer-conductor Vince Mendoza on a number of projects. In 1994, he was soloist on ‘The New Yorker’, a suite written and directed by Bob Brookmeyer, on which bass player Dieter Ilg and drummer Danny Gottlieb also played. The latter pair joined Lê as members of his trio for that same year’s Million Waves.

Lê’s interest in his musical roots deepened from the mid-90s onwards with 1995’s Tales From Viêt-Nam marking a new beginning. Also in 1995 came another WDR appearance, this time on Azure Moon with the Yellowjackets and Mendoza and he appeared at the Stuttgart Festival as one of several guitarists brought together to celebrate the ‘Universe Of Jimi Hendrix’. Late 90s appearances included an US tour that followed the release of Three Trios and he also became a member of trumpeter Paolo Fresu’s quartet, and he was a member of the trio E-L-B with Erskine and bass player Michel Bénita. Throughout the 90s, Lê worked on ethnic and world music concepts, including performing Berber music with drummer Karim Ziad and forming a multicultural band with Serbian Bojan Z. , Austrian Wolfgang Puschnig, Italians Fresu and Stefano Di Battista, and singers of Berber and Vietnamese origin, the latter including the sisters Huong Lan and Huong Thanh. To pursue his musical concepts, Lê has brought into his orbit a wide stylistic range of players, some performing on uncommon instruments, including hao nhien (Vietnamese flute/danh tranh), aly wagué (African flute), djemaï abdenour (Algerian banjo), and an immense battery of percussionists including Joël Allouche, Steve Argüelles, Mino Cinelu, Erskine, Gottlieb, Gurtu, Ziad and Terri Lyne Carrington. In addition to acoustic guitar, Lê also plays guitar synthesizer and danh tranh.

Lê’s first few albums offer an intriguing compound of elegant aural images that drift close to being world music but with his later work he was clearly establishing a variation on the form that brought that often formless genre within reach of the jazz audience. While always clearly focused on an ethic ambience, Lê’s concepts have consistently proved to be accessible to all audiences in part through his commitment and mainly through the fine musicianship he brings to everything that he does.
full bio

Comments

Report as inappropriate
Really dig his arrangements and interpretati o n on his music
Report as inappropriate
There is something magnetic in his sound. yes, he sounds like some others, but he is original in the same token, and some of his rifs are Nguyen's like. I made a station out of him, I like him!
Report as inappropriate
He sounds at times like some others, but still in total seems highly original and refreshing, delightful.. . Some bio, info would be nice.
Report as inappropriate
HEYYY

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[74, 74, 67, 87, 75, 69, 93, 93, 103, 96, 84, 119, 112, 77, 119, 127, 122, 92, 118, 96, 66, 110, 71, 95, 118, 121, 71, 124, 102, 123, 88, 98, 82, 75, 120, 101, 85, 116, 92, 127, 99, 93, 117, 115, 74, 124, 116, 113, 74, 81, 74, 94, 71, 111, 127, 126, 70, 74, 117, 118, 82, 106, 118, 86, 66, 90, 77, 64, 66, 78, 80, 122, 66, 66, 74, 94, 113, 92, 110, 112, 92, 103, 73, 124, 112, 125, 86, 87, 107, 107, 90, 74, 102, 75, 101, 82, 101, 105, 106, 127, 96, 109, 127, 115, 71, 72, 66, 64, 114, 102, 79, 99, 109, 89, 81, 77, 95, 88, 119, 117, 117, 123, 109, 64, 84, 84, 97, 90, 70, 69, 127, 103, 122, 74, 69, 71, 81, 102, 115, 71, 79, 84, 122, 91, 92, 108, 103, 104, 108, 98, 74, 117, 74, 124, 101, 104, 74, 89, 95, 64, 82, 81, 126, 101, 86, 64, 123, 97, 85, 66, 76, 103, 99, 66, 66, 124, 99, 118, 121, 101, 94, 109, 75, 93, 88, 101, 114, 94, 107, 82, 125, 69, 102, 71, 112, 98, 111, 79, 67, 67, 87, 79, 90, 112, 127, 125, 93, 69, 67, 70, 125, 120, 103, 91, 91, 123, 90, 120, 84, 110, 89, 80, 122, 108, 104, 102, 103, 91, 122, 120, 109, 96, 124, 65, 127, 93, 104, 80, 107, 74, 90, 66, 76, 100, 65, 99, 121, 98, 122, 121, 121, 98, 107, 82, 87, 78, 93, 114, 69, 83, 97, 96, 126, 102, 77, 114, 125, 87, 72, 123, 116, 82, 117, 103, 80, 87, 82, 114, 105, 107, 69, 108, 125, 113, 106, 73, 122, 92, 68, 84, 96, 65, 91, 73, 79, 90, 91, 92, 111, 105, 73, 117, 127, 101, 67, 125, 117, 85, 114, 112, 75, 85, 65, 114, 103, 89, 69, 118, 119, 106, 101, 78, 66, 89, 105, 87, 87, 102, 85, 70, 90, 113, 93, 79, 85, 120, 73, 109, 111, 77, 120, 94, 98, 103, 80, 110, 80, 81, 67, 70, 105, 96, 112, 86, 67, 95, 118, 101, 67, 120, 123, 69, 107, 126, 112, 102, 106, 81, 116, 73, 124, 124, 105, 89, 68, 115, 115, 72, 66, 119, 111, 120, 96, 122, 81, 126, 117, 69, 99, 104, 121, 81, 68, 108, 70, 109, 76, 116, 111, 67, 110, 125, 127, 68, 111, 120, 127, 90, 97, 119, 73, 74, 71, 69, 104, 105, 73, 70, 121, 81, 105, 102, 114, 102, 94, 88, 83, 110, 93, 111, 127, 100, 82, 108, 88, 70, 106, 76, 99, 116, 126, 111, 115, 95, 92, 92, 101, 72, 69, 123, 97, 101, 112, 112, 118, 116, 109, 99, 76, 75, 119, 72, 69, 97, 97, 115, 83, 112, 86, 124, 73, 117, 89, 76, 65, 102, 123, 86, 70, 110, 121, 64, 116, 115, 118, 65, 118, 98, 85, 118, 78, 95, 108, 125, 116, 66, 84, 101, 82, 86, 69, 73, 115, 116, 93, 104, 87, 109, 71, 123, 77, 86]