Nguyên Lê

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In this Vietnamese name, the family name is . According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Nguyên.
Nguyên Lê
Traumzeit 2013 Nguyên Lê 03.jpg
Nguyên Lê 2013
Background information
Also known as Lê Thành Nguyên
Born (1959-01-14) 14 January 1959 (age 57)
Paris, France
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, Bass, guitar synthesizer
Nguyên Lê at Aarhus Jazz Festival
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Nguyên Lê (Vietnamese: Lê Thành Nguyên; born 14 January 1959 in Paris, France) is a French Jazz musician and Composer of Vietnamese ancestry.[1] His main instrument is guitar, and he also plays electric bass guitar and guitar synthesizer.[2]

He has released numerous albums, both as a leader and as a sideman. His 1996 album Tales from Viêt-Nam blends jazz and traditional Vietnamese music. Nguyên Lê has performed with Randy Brecker, Vince Mendoza, Eric Vloeimans, Carla Bley, Michel Portal, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Per Mathisen, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine, Trilok Gurtu, Paolo Fresu and Dhafer Youssef.[3]

In spring 2011 he released Songs of Freedom, an album with cover versions of pop hits from the 1970s.

Current Projects/Bands[edit]

  • Nguyên Lê Trio
  • Nguyên Lê "The Jimi Hendrix Project"
    • Nguyên Lê: guitars, arrangements;
    • Cathy Renoir: vocals;
    • Michel Alibo or Linley Marthe: electric bass;
    • Karim Ziad or Francis Lassus: drums, percussion;
  • Huong Thanh & Nguyên Lê - "Dragonfly"
    • Huong Thanh: vocals;
    • Nguyên Lê: guitars, arrangements;
    • Hao Nhien: traditional instrument zither;
    • Dan Bau: flute, percussion;
    • François Verly: percussion, synthesizer;
    • Michel Alibo: electric bass;
    • Joël Allouche: drums/percussion;
  • ELB (Erskine - Lê - Benita)
    • Peter Erskine: drums;
    • Nguyên Lê: guitars, guitar synthesizer;
    • Michel Benita: acoustic bass;
  • Nguyen Lê "Celebrating dark side of the moon" :
    • Nguyen Lê : guitars, electronics, arrangements
    • Youn Sun Nah : vocals
    • Michael Gibbs : orchestrations and arrangements on 04, 14 & 15
    • Gary Husband : Drums
    • Jürgen Attig : electric bass
    • NDR Big band is conducted by Jörg Achim Keller



Within Ultramarine
  • 1985: Programme Jungle (Bloomdido)
  • 1989: (America Records)
  • 2007: E Si Mala (Universal Music France)
With Safy Boutella
Within Andy Emler Mega Octet
  • 1992: Head Games (Label Bleu)
With François Moutin and André Ceccarelli
With Paolo Fresu
  • 1998: Angel (BMG France/RCA Victor)
  • 2012: Cinquant'Anni Suonati - 2 (Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso S.p.A.)
With Dhafer Youssef
Within ELB, including with Peter Erskine and Michel Benita
  • 2001: E_L_B (ACT)
  • 2008: Dream Flight (ACT), featuring Stéphane Guillaume – tenor & soprano saxophones
Within Uri Caine Ensamble
With Romano Sclavis Texier + Enrico Rava, Nguyên Lê, Bojan Z
  • 2012: 3+3 (Label Bleu)
With Cæcilie Norby, Lars Danielsson and Leszek Możdżer
  • 2013: Silent Ways (ACT)


  1. ^ Dominique Auzias, Jean-Paul Labourdette Vietnam 2012-13 - 2012- Page 74 "Compositeurs contemporains : Nguyên Lê. Né à Paris en 1959 de parents vietnamiens : « J'ai oublié le vietnamien en commençant l'école."
  2. ^ "Musician Nguyen Le Biography -". 
  3. ^ "Nguyen Le - jazz guitar -". 

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