Luciano Antonio, Brazilian Jazz Artist
guitarist, singer, composer, percussionist, educator
Written by Rachel Montiel
Luciano was born into a musical family on January 3, 1969 in rural Iretama, Parana, Brazil’s southern region. From this melodiously rich environment, he learned first how to sing with his mom, Luiza Maria. He further developed his vocal abilities through his maternal grandparents, who performed for local live radio shows and paternal grandparents, who harmonized beautifully.
By age 14, Luciano took the violão (acoustic guitar) as a self-taught instrument, focusing his repertoire on Brazilian Folk and Bossa Nova (Brazilian Jazz). He continued his pursuit of technical development through the study of classical guitar at the age of 17, attending several guitar symposiums, workshops and masterclasses under one of Brazil’s most respected professors, Henrique Pinto.
Luciano’s music journey next led him to the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) where he received a bachelor’s degree in music performance. While at UMKC full-time, he was invited to join Chicago Samba (a Chicago based Brazilian music group) and commuted weekly between Kansas City and Chicago to make ends meet. After successfully completing his education at UMKC, he relocated to Chicago where he has since established himself as a performing artist.
Luciano’s performance takes the audience on a tour of Brazil by presenting a wide variety of Brazilian compositions combined with his own originals. Luciano contrasts songs that have rich and complex harmonies and melodies with simple rhythms against songs that have simple harmonies and melodies with very complex rhythms, and the dynamics range from pure solo guitar and voice to the full sound of the rich Brazilian percussion in a fascinating musical way.
Luciano has collaborated with many great fellow artists: playing acoustic guitar on John Goldman’s ‘For All the People’, vocals on Matt Geraghty’s ‘Mozaic’, arranging/co-producing, and performing on the recent release ‘Samba Mundo’ by St. Louis based Samba Bom, serving as lead vocalist and guitarist with the Evanston Orquestra de Samba which connects classical music with Brazilian rhythms and harmonies, and performing throughout the Chicago Jazz scene as a soloist.
Other engagements include opening performances for Caetano Veloso, Vinicius Cantuaria, Virginia Rodrigues, performances for the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Special Events, The Democratic Convention of 2004, Jakarta Internacional Jazz Festival in 2007, Bright Future International Festival in Sochi, Russia in 2013, tours in Italy and China, and several commercial releases throughout the Midwest.
Luciano released two albums of original music “Vida De Artista – An Artist’s Life” in 2011 and “Sem Palavras – Without Words” in 2015. Luciano also plays classical guitar for weddings, churches, social events and private functions.
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/dm8jCOGMprc