Passionate about violin from an early age, Caroline Bugala won the National classical music contest in Lyon at age 10. She continued her classical violin studies at the National Conservatory of Lyon, from which she graduated with a médaille d’or at 17. Then it was jazz studies with the late Didier Lockwood—she graduated from his school in 2005 and taught Music Theory there for three years. All of which has prepared here for the life of the gigging artist, which now includes having your performances videoed from every which angle.
Caroline plays in a wide variety of musical ensembles and styles. She launched her own group, the Bugala Quartet, in 2011 to explore Latin jazz, Gypsy, Balkan, afro-jazz and whatever else strikes her fancy. She heads to Copenhagen regularly to play with Kjeld Lauritsen on Hammond organ and Espen Laub Von Lilianskjold on drums. Also in various musical projects of Diego Imbert (Doublebass), like “Tribute to Charlie Haden”, with André Ceccarrelli (drums) and Enrico Pieranunzi (Piano), or « Vent Nocturne » with Claudia Solal (vocal).
Lately she recorded for Gaël Rouilhac’s new project « Waterwork » (Label Laborie), and played with Gypsy Jazz famous guitarists like Stéphane Wrembel, Stochelo Rosenberg…