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Noel Lorica

Jazz guitarist, Noel Lorica exciting new songs stems from his & Treebo band's diverse cultural backgrounds to blend a subtle but wayward style of jazz which transports you from the jazz clubs of America to the sun drenched beaches of Brazil & South Fl.

Wayward Latin Jazz artist, Noel Lorica has been critically acclaimed for his skill & artistry garnering 21 Grammy Ballot entries. In addition, his songs have charted well and ClearChannel has him on their New Music Network. Because of his talent he has been chosen to have, not one but, two 1 hour telecasts of Comcast's PBS New Music Showcase to be taped in their Springfield, Mass. studios. This includes a coveted Christmas program. Along with this, Noel and his band Treebo have performed at Major Festivals & conventions including West Palm Beach's Sunfest, Latin Heritage festival, Jazzfest, City Place Friday Nights and many others. Their upcoming schedule will include repeat requested performances at Sunfest on May 2nd opening for Marcus Miller and City Place, Sat May 22nd 2010.

Recently on Famecast, Mr. Lorica was the only instrumentalist voted in the Top 5 on any stage and was first in the Latin stage with his songs "Warm Winds" & "Midnight Dreams". He then was one of the featured artists on the back cover of Billboard's Magazine. He has many fans which he keeps updated through Twitter, Youtube, Myspace, Facebook & his own website.

His third album "Second Glance" won his song "Tell Me Now" with female vocalist Becky Espulgar, Jazz Song of the Year at IACmusic and in addition, his album are selling widely on ITunes. He is currently in preparations for a national tour next year to coincide with the release of his fourth album.

His songs also have been chosen to appear on several compilation CDs and was featured in the Italian Jazz Magazine.

In addition, he is also getting great reviews. SmoothJazzandMore has awarded him in the top 10 albums of the year. And, Karl Stober of Ejazznews states that his debut album is "one of the rare stunning pieces of Latin jazz to hit the scene today".

Noel Lorica cultural background brings out subtle & sensual diversions to Jazz, combining, Latin rhythms & Asian precision into melody rich songs. Born in Manila, Noel played in a rock band as a teenager, though his mother urged him to take piano lessons. But his love was always the acoustic guitar. He also loved caring for animals & pursued a career in veterinary medicine. Musicially at that time he got exposed to the music of George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Paul Desmond, and the modern jazz instrumentalists. Leaving the Philippines Noel first migrated to San Francisco then decided to go East. He worked in New York & around Philadelphia. Later moving to South Florida where Latin Beats & Jazz influences were all around. There he found his perfect musical fit with a little Wayward style.He started to concentrate on perfecting his craft through tireless practice and soulful dedication. His music today is an expression of his musical and personal journey.

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Karl Stober- Noel Lorica's CD Review Jazztrenzz- EJazzNews

Allow me if you will a moment to just sum up one of the rare stunning pieces of Latin jazz to hit the scene today. As fresh as the morning after as elegant as the women the night before, “First Dance” is by all standards a cascade of sensations orchestrated by one Noel Lorica. The passion and fire of the strings just come alive in audio illustrations, illuminating the musical mind.

Mr. Lorica’s compositions have a deep inner purpose to them however gambling with innovation every step of the way. The string manipulation is tenacious and strong. Beats, which are Latin by design, do digress into other ambiances throughout the project. For those who know of Mr. Lorica, his passion for the craft is part of the reason his spirit reveals itself from the music sheets. Listeners will feel this through his composition on the debut project. “Forgiveness” with its angelic introduction of strings mates with the ivory to form a balladesque gem. Lorica’s diversification opens up in this piece, a cut of celebration for those fans of his work. It would be an injustice to push past “Scent of Cinnamon” a wonderful salute of energetic yet subtle sound. From a passive kiss of tones to an upbeat stroll, it’s the way this should have been performed. “First Dance” is pure joy melted on a disc. Take it and make it a standard listen within your four walls. Mr. Lorica needs to get busy! Karl Stober is an international freelance columnist and broadcaster

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Second Glance

NDC Publishers


First Dance

Self Produced


El Viento

From: First Dance
By Noel Lorica



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