Heralded as “the next accordion star” by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, French-born Julien Labro has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneón players in the classical and jazz genres. Deemed to be “a triple threat: brilliant technician, poetic melodist and cunning arranger,” his artistry, virtuosity, and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to astonish audiences worldwide.
Piazzolla, a major in?uence and the reason Labro picked up the bandoneón, is also the title of his album with classical guitarist and Grammy-award winner Jason Vieaux and A Far Cry chamber orchestra. His latest recordings, From this Point Forward (2014), Infusion (2016) and Rise and Grind (2017) all feature original compositions and arrangements by Labro, and have been lauded by critics as innovative and genre-bending. Labro has released over 10 albums under projects that he has led, and guested on recordings for artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Frank Vignola and more.
Labro’s musical journey has taken him all across North America, Europe, the Middle East and South America. His long list of classical collaborations include A Far Cry, Spektral Quartet, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St Luke’s, New World Symphony, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Pulitzer prize winning composer Du Yun, Bryce Dessner, Avner Dorman and many more. Labro’s jazz projects include the Julien Labro Quartet, Hot Club of Detroit, and collaborations with Grammy award winning composer Maria Schneider, Brazilian pianist João Donato, Argentinean Grammy winning composer and pianist Fernando Otero, clarinetist Anat Cohen, Lebanese oud master Marcel Khalife, saxophonists Paquito D’Rivera, Miguel Zenón, James Carter, and Jon Irabagon, and guitarists Larry Coryell, Tommy Emmanuel, and John and Bucky Pizzarelli.
In his free time, Labro is working on composing a new bandoneón concerto that will be a sequel to his accordion concerto Apricity. To learn more about Labro, visit http://julienlabro.com.