Lluís and Carl met almost 20 years ago at the Boogie Woogie Festival in LaRoquebrou, France, considered one of the most important festivals of this piano style. Serious connoisseurs of the Blues piano language and related genres, these two pianists are regulars at Jazz and Blues festivals on the international scene, where their paths have crossed numerous times. After several years of mutual admiration, they decided to record an album with the prestigious record label Fresh Sound Records.
From a very young age, both were touched by Rock & Roll. Initially drawn to the piano by the fascinating rhythms of Boogie Woogie, they were then compelled to explore the more obscure Blues styles that lead back to the origins of that genre. From here, their repertoires expanded to include Ragtime, Barrelhouse, and Stride Piano, including the regional styles of New Orleans, Chicago, Kansas City, and other significant locales.
Concerning their own musical language, Lluis & Sonny like to fuse styles, respecting tradition but incorporating new elements in a truly organic and natural way. Each are composers and individually have a very defined and personal sound.
The duets of Leyland and Coloma contain a great dose of creativity, spontaneity, virtuosity, improvisation, and musical dialogue, transporting the listener to unexpected places full of magic and complexity. The result is an innovative mix of tradition and modernity.
Carl Sonny Leyland – Piano & Vocals
Lluís Coloma – Piano
Rhythm section optional:
Manolo Germán – Bass
Arnau Julià – Drums