Lorens has worked with Geri Allen, Marc Cary and opened for Angelique Kidjo!
About Lorens Chuno
Audiences have praised Lorens Chuno's performance as energy-filled, captivating and elegant. The New York-based Nigerian musician has created a unique sound that has a broad appeal. His warm and dynamic vocal styling is the perfect vehicle for his catchy and bold modern jazz compositions that are always complete with soul and West African influences.
Lorens Chuno has played several distinguished venues and festivals across the country, and has opened for international acts including the CHICAGO AFROBEAT PROJECT, the SIERRA LEONE REFUGEE ALL STARS, and Angelique Kidjo
. He has also worked with some legendary musicians including drummers Poogie Bell
and Roger Humphries
, and pianists Geri Allen
and Marc Cary
Lorens Chuno's new studio album, Rhythm Sustained,
is available now at Amazon Spotify
and Apple Music
. The singer, composer and pianist describes the album as a collection of music and lyrics that address contemporary issues from the perspective of a new generation African.
In addition to performing and composing, Lorens Chuno maintains a steady voice in the ongoing jazz discourse. He hosts the podcast and online radio show, Doing Jazz with Lorens Chuno, on which he presents captivating conversations with enterprising jazz musicians. Doing Jazz has become one of the major avenues where independent jazz musicians introduce their work.
Lorens Chuno is also a well-trained mathematician, and currently an assistant professor of mathematics at Manhattan College.
Praise for Lorens Chuno
Chuno's forté is his remarkable vocal qualities, enhanced by his ability to establish and maintain a sense of groove." —James Nadal, All About Jazz
...great, ear opening stuff that offers the armchair traveler a first class ticket to destinations unknown." —Chris Spector, Midwest Record
... a unique sound that can be broadly classified as West-African Jazz fusion. His warm and dynamic vocal style, along with his bold compositions, helps define this sound." —All About Jazz
... infectious jazz melodies, strong rhythms, and a rejuvenating energy that permeates." —JazzCorner
...carefully bred jazz project with a generous dose of African touch." —Onos, Bella Naija
1. Nuru Onum
2. What's Going On
4. Mr. Sabi
7. Rhythm & Life
8. Come My Way
9. 1 Train
10. Do Not Call
All compositions and lyrics by Lorens Chuno, except track 2. What's Going On" is written by Al Cleveland, Renaldo Benson and Marvin Gaye.
Lorens Chuno: Vocal, Piano (tracks 1,6,7), Percussion, Background Vocal
John Gray: Bass
Michael Vitali: Drums
Michael Eaton: Saxophone
Albino Mbie: Guitar (except track 2)
Takafumi Suenaga: Piano and Keyboard (except tracks 1,6,7)
Wayne Tucker: Trumpet (track 2)
Tom Larsen: Guitar (track 2)
Schadrack Pierre: Background Vocal