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Gilfema

The name of the group comes from the musicians' names: Gil (Lionel Gilles Loueke), Fe (Ferenc Nemeth), Ma (Massimo Biolcati). Founded in 2001 while the three were attending the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz under the musical direction of Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock, Gilfema recorded two albums and toured the world during the early 2000’s and later morphed into the Lionel Loueke Trio for a decade of music together on the Blue Note label. After 20 years of playing together, the band is coming out with a fresh new recording titled ’Three’ which is both a testament to the band’s progress and an expression of the core principles that made Gilfema so buzzed-about when they premiered over a decade ago

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Article: Year in Review

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Geno Thackara


However strange the year has gotten, the urge to create clearly hasn't lessened at all--either that or the circumstances have left us more appreciative of art where we find it. Most likely it's some of both. Whatever the case may be, 2020 has still seen no shortage of musical treats good for the soul.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

International Flavors

Read "International Flavors" reviewed by Geno Thackara


It's a tour through several spots around the globe with this batch--sometimes a leisurely tour, sometimes a whirlwind, but with each stop offering a wealth of lovely sounds and tones. Gilfema Three Sounderscore 2020 Lionel Loueke, Massimo Biolcati and Ferenc Nemeth have an impressive number of musical endeavors and ...

Album

Gilfema + 2

Label: ObliqSound
Released: 2014

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Article: Catching Up With

Ferenc Nemeth: Openness for Triumph

Read "Ferenc Nemeth: Openness for Triumph" reviewed by Marta Ramon


Ferenc Nemeth's versatility has positioned him in the front line of jazz drummers today. This Hungarian percussionist has developed a recognizable sound which has, over the years, resulted in his sharing the stage with renowned international jazzmen like saxophonists Wayne Shorter, Mark Turner and Chris Cheek, bassist Christian McBride, bassist John Patitucci, vibraphonist Dave Samuels and ...

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Article: Album Review

Ferenc Nemeth: Triumph

Read "Triumph" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Ferenc Nemeth bursts onto the jazz scene with his second release as a leader. Triumph is the follow-up to his lyrical, more reserved debut Night Songs(Dreamers Collective 2007), and finds the Hungarian-born drummer in the company of a superb quartet including his boss in the Gilfema trio, guitarist Lionel Loueke. Where Night Songs ...

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News: Recording

New Gilfema Album "Gilfema + 2" out This Month

New Gilfema Album "Gilfema + 2" out This Month

NEW YORK - When Gilfema released its self-titled debut album on ObliqSound in 2005, they effectively put an end to any lingering doubts that jazz, although undeniably rooted in America, had evolved into a truly international art form. Here were a guitarist/vocalist, Lionel Loueke, from the West African nation of Benin; a bassist, Massimo Biolcati, who ...

Album

Gilfema

Label: ObliqSound
Released: 2005
Track listing: Dream; Lost Magic; Akwe; Gbede Temin; Vera; Tinmin; New Song; Okagbe; Aligon; Six and Three; At the Tree; Manding; Harmonix.

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Article: Album Review

Gilfema: Gilfema

Read "Gilfema" reviewed by John Kelman


You only have to look at Gilfema to realize just how small a place the world has become. Comprised of a young multinational group of players--Benin-born guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, Italian/Swedish bassist Massimo Biolcati and Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth--Gilfema's self-titled debut is clear proof of contemporary jazz's cosmopolitanism. Loueke is the best known--an integral part of trumpeter ...

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Article: Album Review

Gilfema: Gilfema

Read "Gilfema" reviewed by Phil DiPietro


Gilfema, or more properly GilFeMa, is made up of three extraordinary players who are the unlikeliest of collaborators given their geographical origins. Guitarist Lionel Gilles Loueke, 30, hails from Benin in West Africa; drummer Ferenc Nemeth, 29, is a product of the jazz hotbed of Keszthely, Hungary; and acoustic bassist Massimo Biolcati, 33 is a Sweden-born ...


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