Born in Alassio, Italy, in 1972, Chester L. Harlan, grew up in Rome, in a richly artistic and multicultural environment. His musical education started at age 9 when he began playing the piano. At age 13 he moved to Paris with his family and started to play the guitar and compose. He was also surrounded by different types of artistic expressions, in particular cinema and photography, thanks to his father, a German filmmaker from Berlin. At 16 he joined one of the most prominent European experimental bands, Vox Populi, with which he started a rewarding and prolific collaboration. After studying philosophy at the Sorbonne University, he won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he received his Bachelor's Degree and an International Student Award. After a number of years in New York City, where he established himself in the music scene while intensively performing and composing, Chester returned to France to join the sextet of Argentinean singer Barbara Luna and participated in many festivals throughout Europe, Asia, the Americas, New Caledonia and Australia. In addition to performing and composing jazz, Chester has sought out collaborations such as the Richard Rechtman performance “Les Vivantes” writing music inspired by his texts, that was presented at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in 2016, in Paris.  For the last several years, Chester has experimented with films and photography and  he continues to enrich his expereince with these mediums through collaborations and projects.  He currently lives between Paris, Berlin, and Rio de Janeiro where he composes, performs, collaborates  and teaches jazz improvisation.


Chester Lukas Harlan

Guitarist | Composer | Producer

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