Manila born Noel Lorica, started his musical adventure (through the urging of his mom) by taking piano lessons at an early age. It wasn't long before he realized the acoustic guitar held his musical interest. Through high school and early college life his influences were mostly rock, blues and folk music. Late in his collegiate life he got exposed to the music of George Benson, Earl Klugh, Paul Desmond, Stanley Clark, George Duke, Lee Retinour and the modern jazz instrumentalists.
After college he had to put his musical interest on hold to finish a degree in veterinary medicine . After which he immigrated to the U.S.A. and started on his professional career in Philadelphia/New York area. His future wife, Dee, finally convinced him to move to South Florida .
South Florida got his musical juices flowing again and he started doing small gigs, joined ASCAP and started composing "Wayward Jazz" a mixture of different influences accented by the acoustic guitar. And he was one of the original members of Treebo band. He debut publicly as Noel Lorica and Treebo at the renowned Sunfest Music Festival in 2006 opening for Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot & Peter White. His debut album "First Dance" earned him several Grammy Ballot entries combined with his Christmas album & his sophomore album continued the streak to 21 Grammy recognized songs. His music is an expression of his journeys and quests as he continues to challenge his skills and expand the interpretation of the jazz.
SmoothJazzandMore awarded him in the top 10 albums of the year for his debut album. And, Karl Stober of Ejazznews states that it is "one of the rare stunning pieces of Latin jazz to hit the scene today".
Along with this ringing endorsement. Mr. Lorica's songs are those rare instrumentals that cross over to mainstream tastes.
"We'll never be tired of Mr. Lorica's genius arrangements. Each piece sound like they already had lyrics" - Mariana Diaz, LA's Super Estrella 107.1
He was also the only instrumentalist voted in the Top 5 on any stage on Famecast and was first in the Latin stage with his songs "Warm Winds" & "Midnight Dreams". Which led to him being one of the featured artists on the back cover of Billboard's Magazine. And
His third album "Second Glance" won his song "Tell Me Now" with female vocalist Becky Espulgar, Jazz Song of the Year at IACmusic . This song spurred him to create more vocal songs becoming the driving force of the band, Treebo ( http://www.treeboband.com ). He continues to perform and record as a solo instrumental artist and as lead guitarist and composer of Treebo.
To date he has released six albums, two with Treebo and appears on several compilation CD's all which are selling widely on ITunes, Amazon and more.
Noel's latest album "Time to Go Home" takes him back to his youth to bring the world a cultural glimpse from the Philippines . It's an ablum that explores Philippine Folk songs including the very popular "Tinikling -Bamboo Dance song" You can purchase the full album here or any of the Online Distributors including ITunes and Amazon. Please don't forget to sign up for Noel Lorica's mailing list for future updates.