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Luciana Souza


Grammy®-winner Luciana Souza is one of jazz’s leading singers and interpreters. Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, she grew up in a family of bossa nova innovators. Her 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, Souza has eight acclaimed releases including four Grammy®-nominated records, Brazilian Duos, North and South, Duos II and her 2009 release Tide, on which 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…” (Billboard). Her debut recording for Universal/Verve, The New Bossa Nova, won Billboard Latin Jazz Album of the Year.

Souza has performed and recorded with such greats as Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Danilo Perez, Hermeto Pascoal and many others, and her complete discography contains more than 50 records as a side singer. 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 Pasión según San Marcos and Oceana. She has performed with the New York , Los Angeles and Brooklyn philharmonics; Bach Akademie Stuttgart; Boston Symphony Orchestra; and the Atlanta Symphony. Her work in chamber music includes a fruitful collaboration with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

She began her recording career at age three with a radio commercial, becoming a first-call studio veteran at age 16. She spent four years on faculty at Berklee College of Music, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Composition. She earned a master’s in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory of Music and taught for four years at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. In 2005, the Jazz Journalists Association named her the Female Jazz Singer of the Year. Since 2004, she has served as jazz artist-in-residence with San Francisco Performances.

Luciana Souza

photo Gabriel Rinaldi

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