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MJF66, Sept. 22-24, 2023


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Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke
  • Grounds Artist
  • Friday, September 22 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm West End Stage

Lean In, he very first duo recording from two musicians who have performed together for more than two decades, Lean In is all about healing, deep trust, love and family. In a time when warmth and compassion are needed more than ever before, both artists felt compelled to make a record — sharing songs of inspiration, reflection, wonder and unity, with the title encouraging us to “lean in” to ourselves and to those around us.

The intimacy of the duo songs reveals the depth of the trust and connection between the two artists at the core of the music, an intensity that gradually unfolds and blossoms out into a larger, universal whole as they are joined on the record by members of their families: Mark and Marley Guiliana, Lisa Loueke, and close friend Burniss Travis.

Both Gretchen and Lionel are individually renowned for the extraordinary mastery of body and voice in their music enabling them to create intricate, infectious rhythms. Fans will undeniably be excited to hear what happens when these two rhythmic virtuosos come together – the two styles seamlessly intertwined – and the resulting sound is truly magical: soothing yet joyful and full of light with Gretchen’s love for Brazilian music and Lionel’s West African roots shining through – it’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before! This really is a record for the soul.