Born in Alassio, Italy, Lukas Chester Harlan grew up in Rome, in an 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, sing and compose. He was surrounded by different types of artistic expressions, in particular cinema, thanks to his father, a German filmmaker from Berlin. At 16, he joined one of the most prominent European experimental band, Vox Populi, with which he started a rich and prolific collaboration. After studying philosophy at the Sorbonne University, he won a scholarship for the Berklee College of Music and after his Bachelor's Degree, he established himself in New York where he intensively performed and composed. In 2000, 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. The desire to participate in different projects that have a strong artistic link to our present times, lead him to several multidisciplinary collaborations, like the one with anthropologist Richard Rechtmann, among others, writing music inspired by his text “Les Vivantes”, that was presented at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in 2016 in Paris. He currently lives in Berlin, where he composes, teaches and perform.
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