Acoustic Jazz Guitar
Electric Jazz Guitar
Partial to finger syle harmonics to attain a more full bodied flavor to his music and performance.
Not a capo fan.
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 the sound of an acoustic guitar took over as 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.
The jazz bug definitely hit him hard and from that time on there was no turning back. He had to put his musical interest on hold to finish a degree in Veterinary medicine during the 80's. After which he immigrated to the U.S.and started on his professional career in Philadelphia/New York area. His future wife, Dee, finally convinced him to move to South Florida in the late 80's.
South Florida got his musical juices flowing again and he started doing small gigs, played with a couple of bands, joined ASCAP and started composing "Wayward Jazz" a mixture of different influences accented by the acoustic guitar. He debut publicly at the reknowned 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 and together 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.
Through this, he also hasn't forgotten his love for animals. It is with this thought in mind that he hopes to raise and donate some of the proceeds from his music to various animal welfare organizations.