Celebrity Series of Boston Presents LUCIANA SOUZA TRIO Tonight
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Luciana Souza Trio tonight, January 25, 2014, at 8pm at Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge. Sponsored by Amy and Joshua Boger.
Tickets for Luciana Souza Trio start at $30, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Harvard Box Office, Holyoke Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil in the late sixties, Luciana Souza grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators - her father, a singer and songwriter, her mother, a poet and lyricist. Luciana's work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music, classical repertoire and new music.
As a leader, Souza has been releasing recordings since 2002 - including her six Grammy-nominated records Brazilian Duos,North and South, Duos II, Tide, Duos III, and The Book of Chet. Her debut recording for Universal, The New Bossa Nova, was met with widespread critical acclaim. Luciana's recordings also include two works based on poetry - The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop And Other Songs, and Neruda. Ms. Souza has performed and recorded with greats including Herbie Hancock (on his Grammy winning record, River - The Joni Letters), Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider, Danilo Perez and many others. Her longstanding duo work with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo has earned her accolades, and her complete discography contains more than 50 records as a side singer.
Luciana Souza has been a prominent soloist in two important works by composer Osvaldo Golijov - La Pasion According to St. Mark, and Oceana. She has performed with the Bach Akademie Stuttgart, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Other orchestral appearances include performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Her work in chamber music includes a collaboration with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
Ms. Souza 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 at age sixteen. She spent four years on faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she received a Bachelor's in Jazz Composition. Ms. Souza earned a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory of Music and taught for four years at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, in New York City. From 2005 to 2010, Luciana was the Jazz Artist in Residence with the prestigious San Francisco Performances.
Lionel Loueke started out on vocals and percussion, but picked up the guitar at age 17. In 1994, he left Africa to pursue jazz studies at the American School of Modern Music in Paris, and then came to the U.S. on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. From there, Loueke gained acceptance to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, where he encountered his Gilfema bandmates Biolcati, Nemeth, Parlato and other musicians with whom he would form lasting creative relationships. Praised by his mentor Herbie Hancock as "a musical painter," Loueke combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African folk forms, and conventional and extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound of his own. His previous Blue Note release, Mwaliko, offered a series of duets with Angelique Kidjo, Richard Bona, Esperanza Spalding and Marcus Gilmore.