Born in Paris from vietnamese parents, he began to play
drums at the age of 15, then took up guitar & electric bass.
After graduating in Visual Arts, he majored in Philosophy,
writing a thesis on Exoticism. Then he devoted to music,
creating "ULTRAMARINE" (1983), a multi-ethnic band
whose CD " De " has been considered "1989' s best World
Music album" Philippe Conrath, Liberation.
Nguyen LE is a self-taught musician, with a wide scope of
interests : Rock & Funk (Jim Cuomo, Madagascar tour 84),
Jazz standards & contemporary Jazz (bass player with
Marc Ducret, guitar player with Eric Barret), Improvised
Music (Yves Robert), Singers (Ray Charles), Contemporary
Music (Andre Almuro, Tona Scherchen, Marius Constant,
Mauricio Kagel), Ethnic Music : African & Caribbean with
ULTRAMARINE , Algerian with Safy Boutella & Cheb Mami,
Indian with Kakoli, Turkish with Kudsi Erguner, Vietnamese
with his "Dan Bau" (traditional one-stringed instrument)
teacher Truong Tang.