May 25th, 2020 7pm Stage 3
Audiences have praised Lorens Chuno’s performance as energy-filled, captivating and elegant. The New York-based Nigerian musician has created a unique sound that has a broad appeal. His warm and dynamic vocal styling is the perfect vehicle for his catchy and bold modern jazz compositions that are always complete with soul and West African influences.
Lorens Chuno has played several distinguished venues and festivals across the country, and has opened for international acts including the CHICAGO AFROBEAT PROJECT, the SIERRA LEONE REFUGEE ALL STARS, and ANGELIQUE KIDJO. He has also worked with some legendary musicians including drummers POOGIE BELL and ROGER HUMPHRIES, and pianists GERI ALLEN and MARC CARY.
Lorens Chuno’s latest studio album, “Rhythm Sustained” came out in September 2018. Lorens Chuno believes that we each have an internal rhythm that we unconsciously strive to keep. According to the singer, composer and pianist, this album highlights the societal issues that have perturbed his rhythm in the past few years, and how he has struggled with them in order to have his rhythm sustained.
In addition to performing and composing, Lorens Chuno maintains a steady voice in the ongoing jazz discourse. He hosts the podcast and online radio show “Doing Jazz with Lorens Chuno” on which he presents captivating conversations with enterprising jazz musicians. Doing Jazz has become one of the major avenues where independent jazz musicians introduce their work.
Lorens Chuno is also a well-trained mathematician, and currently an assistant professor of mathematics at Manhattan College.