2002 and 2003 Grammy Award nominee Luciana Souza hails from São Paulo, Brazil, where she grew up in a family of musicians. She spent four years on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she had received a bachelor's degree in jazz composition; she also holds a master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. A respected composer and performer, she has appeared and recorded with renowned jazz musicians and composers of new music, including Danilo Perez, Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner, John Patitucci, and Osvaldo Golijov.
Ms. Souza has been crossing over into classical music. She is soloist on two very successful pieces by contemporary classical composer Golijov, and has performed with the Bach Akademie in Stuttgart, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and both the Los Angeles and Brooklyn Philharmonic orchestras. She has sung Manuel de Falla's "El Amor Brujo" with the Atlanta Symphony, under Robert Spano, and with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Roberto Minczuk.
As a leader, Ms. Souza has recorded five critically acclaimed albums - "An Answer to Your Silence" (NYC Records, 1999), "The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs" and the Grammy-nominated "Brazilian Duos" (Sunnyside, 2001). The latter two were included in the New York Times Critics' Choice Top Ten Jazz releases for 2000 and 2001 respectively. "North and South" featured Ms. Souza performing Brazilian and American standards, and was also nominated for a Grammy as Best Jazz Vocal Album. "Neruda" is Ms. Souza's fourth recording for Sunnyside, and features her musical settings of ten of Pablo Neruda's poems.
Luciana Souza's "Duos II" To Be Released on May 24th 2005-05-04
"Ms. Souza doesn't mess around: over the last five years her albums have shown her to be an impressive singer of jazz and Brazilian music..."
-The New York Times
Sunnyside Records is pleased to announce the May 24th release of Duos II from singer and composer Luciana Souza. Duos II continues Luciana’s exploration of the Brazilian songbook that began on Brazilian Duos, the Grammy-nominated 2002 release which appeared on numerous Top Ten critics' list for that year. Guitarists Romero Lubambo and Marco Pereira rejoin Luciana for a deeper exploration of the guitar and voice interplay in great Brazilian music. The additions of Swami Jr.'s seven-string and Guilherme Monteiro's electric guitar introduce their own unique influences to this carefully chosen collection of songs by Paulinho da Viola, Chico Buarque, Nelson Cavaquinho, Ivan Lins, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Caetano Veloso, and even a never-recorded composition written by Luciana's own songwriting parents, the poet Tereza Souza and singer-composer-guitarist Walter Santos.
In the years, between Brazilian Duos and Duos II, Luciana's recordings North & South (Grammy-nominated) and Neruda brought her new critical acclaim and recognition as a composer and arranger, with Neruda being chosen by the Wall Street Journal and NPR’s All Things Considered as one of 2004’s best albums. She has received superlative reviews for her vocal performances in the contemporary classical works of Oswaldo Golijov, La Pasion Segun San Marcos and Oceana as well as for El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla.
The release of Duos II kicks off a full summer schedule of club dates and festivals for Luciana. She will debut the new album material at a week-long engagement at New York's Jazz Standard beginning on May 31. The singer will also take part in a Jobim tribute to be held at the Hollywood Bowl on August 17. A new partnership with Universal Jazz France will introduce Luciana's recordings to the international community and presages more concert appearances around the world.
Luciana Souza Wins Female Vocalist of the Year at 9th Annual Jazz Journalist Awards 2005-06-16
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - Sunnyside artist Luciana Souza was named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association at their annual awards show. The other nominees were Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Luciana’s new album, “Duos II,” a follow up to her Grammy-nominated “Brazilian Duos,” was released on May 24 of this year.