Jefferson Louvat : mandolin, mandola, mandocello, vocals
Jefferson started to play the mandolin at age 11 without knowing which instrument it was exactly. The crystal clear sound similar to a “rain of stars” took him away to another world. Mainly self-taught, his curiosity rapidly led him to discover fabulous musicians from the Bluegrass scene whom he drew an endless inspiration from for many years.
One of his most significant collaboration was with his brother Steve (Louvat Bros-Award 2012 for the most innovative European Bluegrass band) and with whom he played since the very beginning.
Two friends and legendary musicians, violinist Byron Berline and late banjoist Bill Keith were crucial in his access to the US scene. From intimate concerts, through renowned festivals and mythic stages such as the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), he travelled across the four corners of Northern America and Europe.
The virtuosity acquired with the Bluegrass school combined to his sensitivity inherited from his Hungarian roots helped him to develop a subtle, authentic and dynamic style of play.
Jefferson is regularly asked to take part to diverse projects, music camps and workshops, recording sessions. He endorses Northfield mandolins, a company based in Michigan. http://northfieldworkshop.com/artists/jefferson-louvat