Lucien LaMotte is a composer, guitarist and instructor interested in collaborating with other musicians to create new sonic environments. As a guitarist, Lucien has performed as a member of the funk/rock group The Unknown Jeromes with drummer Jason Tabosa and bassist Scott Clay, as well as played in the world music ensemble Brother Sun, fusion ensemble 650 Connection, and has performed with bassist Myron Dove of Carlos Santana, former Doobie Brother saxophonist Danny Hull, and performed as a member of the Afro-Bebop group the Pascal Bokar Band for former Dizzy Gillespie guitarist Pascal Bokar. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists such as Chaka Khan, Ziggy Marley, Don Carlos, The Temptations, The Whispers and the O'Jays. Most often Lucien can be heard playing jazz guitar in combo settings. As an artist, Lucien is interested in combining folk/Americana elements with jazz harmony, improvisation and electronic textures. The music for his debut album When You Go is influenced by the sounds of Country and folk music with vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Beach Boys.
In recent efforts, Lucien has worked in a jazz fusion trio playing jazz standards as well as his arrangements of popular tunes such as "Norwegian Wood" and the Police's "Murder by Numbers." In this setting the ensemble focuses on the improvised elements of Lucien's original jazz charts, giving the group a chance to really "play out," and feature the songwriting elements of Lucien's material influenced by Americana and Alt. Country elements. The high level of performance skill in this group allows the ensemble the freedom to draw from a variety of musical styles and influences, while maintaining the highest standard of artistic integrity. Go to www.myspace.com/niehuistrio
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Lucien is currently playing pedal steel, mandolin, guitar and lap steel for the Seattle based Americana/Alt. Country group The Scarlett Hearts. The Scarlett Hearts was formed by singer/songwriter Shasta Bree Simmons (vox and guitar) and includes Valerie Leslie on vocals, Julian Martlew on guitar, Charlie Rowan on keyboards and accordian, Alex Difabio on bass, and Stefan LaMotte on drums.
Band Members: Me, myself and I. Lucien LaMotte - acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, lap steel, pedal steel, bass, keyboards, harmonica, voice, drum programs
Influences: Pretty much everything under the sun, but here are just a few...Songwriters - The Beatles, Neil Finn, Slaid Cleaves, The Boss, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Beach Boys...Guitarists - Bill Frisell, Allan Holdsworth, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Tuck Andress, Michael Hedges, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Johnson, Van Halen, Steve Vai...Composers - J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Dvorak, Debussy, Bartok, Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, Kurtag, Ginastera...and the list grows everyday..
Record Label: Unsigned
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for videos and www.reverbnation.com/lucienlamot
for more music.