Sylvain Luc

Decades: 2000s


c.1965, France. Raised in the Basque region of south-west Europe, Luc began learning to play the guitar at the age of five but with no tutor available for the instrument, instead he learned to play the violin, cello and mandolin. His first influences were his older brothers, Serge (percussion) and Gérard (accordion). Among Luc’s manifold musical influences were jazz musicians such as Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett and John McLaughlin, while influential genres include the folk music forms he heard during his formative years in the Basque region. In 1988, Luc went north to Paris where he encountered musicians such as Richard Galliano and Francis Lassus. While studying for a master’s degree in classical guitar, Luc was hired by Argentinean singer Jaïro. Then came work with Philippe Léotard and Romain Didier and he was soon in demand on the Paris jazz scene. He next joined a band led by trumpeter Eric le Lann and quickly gained a solid...

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