I år reiser Jefferson Louvat fra Belgia til Gulsrud for å lede mandolin-workshoppen. Jefferson er i stor grad selvlært og kombinerer ofte bluegrass med musikk fra sine ungarske aner. Sammen med sin bror i Louvat Bros Trio vant han prisen for «det mest innovative bluegrassbandet» på EWOB i Nederland i 2012.
Jefferson started to play the mandolin at age 11. Mainly self-taught, his curiosity rapidly led him todiscover fabulous musicians from the Bluegrass scene whom he drew an endless inspiration fromfor many years.With his brother Steve and the LOUVAT Bros trio, he won the 2012 Award for the most innovative European Bluegrass band at the EWOB in the Netherlands.
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.
Today he tours mostly with violonist Ariane Cohen-Adad in a duet called «Szabadsag»
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