Julian Lage: The Prodigy Grows Up

Interview + Performance

Friday, May 30, 2014

Julian Lage Julian Lage (Ingrid Hertfelder)

Before most kids can tie their shoes, Julian Lage was learning his way around a guitar. His interest in playing was inspired by his father, who picked up the instrument after Eric Clapton’s Unplugged came out. At age five, Lage got a guitar of his own and began studying with his dad. “He would show me everything he learned,” Lage tells Kurt Andersen.

But it was a meeting a few years later that would change Lage’s life and set the direction of his career. He went to a Carlos Santana show with his parents — and walked right through the stage door to meet the musician. “It blows my mind to think about now,” Lage explains, “there was zero security.” Santana invited Lage to play onstage — an appearance that put the young guitarist on the map. Lage even had a documentary made about him when he was eight years old. But unlike many protégés who burn out, Lage has kept going. He became a bandleader and composer, performing with musicians like Gary Burton, Herbie Hancock, and Bela Fleck.

For all his playing and composing, Lage has never made a solo record — until now. He says his forthcoming record will be a form of “guitar advocacy.” “The guitar can do these things and it’s so evocative,” he says. “Let me show you.”

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Julian Lage

Produced by:

Julia Lowrie Henderson and Jenny Lawton

Comments [4]

Miguel WC from Seattle, WA

From what I've heard on the two podcasts of Sideshow… I can't stand the frivolous minutiae that this podcast gets into. It's everything that I hate about the internet on one podcast. It's bad enough that over the last 5 years or so Studio 360 has gotten this way… Seth Rogen???
(Among others lately that are just too moronic to be on this show.)
Please Studio 360, back it up to being the little higher minded show that you used to be.
I'm left my listening to this show to when I want to have it on as background filler rather than rushing to the radio when I know it's going to be on the air so I can hear or learn something new. Not promoting Hollywood's latest or giving me individual comments on stupid ear fluff from the internet.

Jun. 09 2014 05:27 PM
Harold Gibson from Plano, TX

Julian Lage plays his guitar wonderfully. I was also quite impressed with his
outstanding use of English during his interview on Studio 360. What a lovely
young man! I wish him great success, which I feel he will certainly accomplish.

Jun. 01 2014 09:32 PM
Chuck in NC

Inspiring music, with a wonderful story. I am looking forward to more. Listening to Julian makes me wish I had kept playing. Now, where did I store that old guitar ?

Jun. 01 2014 04:22 PM
Alex from Brooklyn

Wonderful player, and humble too. Great listen!

Jun. 01 2014 12:02 PM

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