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Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. Long known to be a soloist capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range, it was not until the last decade that he emerged as the composer, band leader and conceptualist that he is considered today. This is in no small part due to his recent solo projects, notably “Four Walls of Freedom” (Sirocco), a 6 movement suite featuring the late tenor saxophonist Bob Berg; “Live in Seattle” (Origin) by The Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group which won the 2006 Ear Shot award for Concert of the Year and his eloquent and vibrant quartet “Force Of Four” (Origin). Since joining Motéma Music in 2011 Joe has released three intrinsically different albums bearing witness of his immense stylistic versatility and ability to create artistic depth in a variety of contexts: After “Signing”, the long awaited follow-up studio album of “Live In Seattle” 2012 also saw the release of Joe Locke’s first ever symphonic project, “Wish Upon A Star”, featuring Locke’s Quartet with Lincoln Nebraska’s Symphony Orchestra, and the Jazz radio charts #1 Blues & Ballads album “Lay Down My Heart” in 2013. Locke’s latest Motéma release “Love Is A Pendulum” – a suite based on a poem by Barbara Sfraga – is already being hailed the most important work of his career. Locke has won numerous awards and polls, including the 2006, 2008 and 2009 “Mallet Player of the Year” award from the Jazz Journalists Association, and the 2013 Hot House NYC Jazz Awards for best Vibes Player. He is active as a clinician and educator in the United States and Europe and has been the International Vibraphone Consultant at the Royal Academy of Music, London, on a visiting basis since 2008, holding the title of HonA RAM since 2013.

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