Carnival Center for the Performing Arts. January 12th, 2008. 7:00 p.m.
Brazilian singer Luciana Souza reinterprets the Bossa Nova of her homeland for 21st century music lovers. In The New Bossa Nova, the three-time Grammy Award nominee puts her soft and sexy spin on songs by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Sting, Randy Newman, and Brian Wilson. She offers us singing with that “special something to it – a quiet passion, a luminous beauty – that makes for transcendental listening." as described by the The New York Post.
Luciana Souza hails from São Paulo, Brazil, where she grew up in a family of musicians. She began her recording career at age three with a radio commercial, and recorded more than 200 jingles and soundtracks, becoming a first-call studio veteran by age 16. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee College Music, and a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory. She currently teaches at Manhattan School of Music, in New York.
Ms. Souza has participated in more than thirty recordings lead by jazz greats such as Danilo Perez (on two Grammy nominated albums), George Garzone, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Kuhn, John Patitucci, and Maria Schneider, among others. As a leader, Ms. Souza has recorded six critically acclaimed albums – "An Answer to Your Silence" (NYC Records, 1999), "The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs" (Sunnyside, 2000), the Grammy nominated albums "Brazilian Duos" (Sunnyside, 2002), "North and South" (Sunnyside, 2003), and Neruda" (Sunnyside, 2004). Her latest record, also nominated for a Grammy as best Jazz Vocal Album, "Duos II" (Sunnyside, 2005), is a sequel to her 2002 release, and features Ms. Souza's renditions of 12 beautiful Brazilian songs for voice and guitar. In 2005, Luciana was awarded Female Jazz Singer of the Year, by the Jazz Journalists Association.
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