Grammy winner Luciana Souza is one of Jazz’s leading singers and interpreters.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in the late sixties, she 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,
and an enlightened approach to classical repertoire and new music.
As a leader, Luciana Souza has been releasing acclaimed 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 produced by her husband, Larry Klein,
and was met with widespread critical acclaim. Luciana’s recordings also include
two works based on poetry - The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop And Other Songs,
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 across the globe, and her complete discography contains more
than 50 records as a side singer. Luciana Souza’s singing has been called
"transcendental, "perfect, " and of "unparalleled beauty. " Entertainment Weekly
writes, "Her voice traces a landscape of emotion that knows no boundaries."
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 fruitful collaboration with the Los Angeles
Guitar Quartet and with composers Derek Bermel and Patrick Zimmerly.
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. In 2005
and 2013 Luciana was awarded Best Female Jazz Singer by the Jazz
Billboard magazine has said of Luciana: “she continues her captivating journey
as a uniquely talented vocalist who organically crosses genre borders. Her music
soulfully reflects, wistfully regrets, romantically woos, joyfully celebrates...”