"Her music soulfully reflects, wistfully regrets, romantically woos, joyfully celebrates."
Named Best Female Vocalist by the Jazz Journalists Association in both 2005 and 2013, Luciana Souza '94 M.M. defies category with her activities as a singer and songwriter.
Souza threw down the gauntlet of eclecticism last year by simultaneously releasing two disparate recording: one of music associated with Chet Baker, and the other marking the completion of her Brazilian Duos project. At the same time, Souza also participated in Derek Bermel's Cancionas Americanas and in an award-winning Gil Evans recording organized by Ryan Truesdell '06 M.M. Also in recent years, she has worked with fellow vocalists Theo Bleckman, Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan, and Kate McGarry on the Moss project.
Souza's previous recordings have covered everything from the bossa nova of her native Brazil to settings of poems by Pablo Neruda and Elizabeth Bishop. Classical audiences have heard Souza as soloist in major works by Osvaldo Golijov: Oceana and La Pasión segun San Marcos, one of the oratorio commissions that marked the 250th anniversary of Bach's death in 2000.
This week Luciana Souza returns to her alma mater to work with NEC's jazz majors. The residency concludes with this concert of performances of Souza's music by three NEC student ensembles.
Music from Moss for vocal ensemble
Joni Mitchell, arr. Luciana Souza Shadows and Light
Theo Bleckman Orchard
text by Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks
Luciana Souza, Peter Eldridge Object Devotion
lyrics by Lauren Kinhan
Luciana Souza Home
Luiz Gonzaga, Humberto Teixeira, arr. Luciana Souza Asa Branca
vocal ensemble: Sami Stevens, Youngjoo Lee, Laila Smith, Robert Pate, Michael Mayo
Isaac Wilson, piano
Vaughn Stoffey, guitar
Matt Stavrakas, bass
Colin Rosso, drums
Marco Pereira Sambadalu (Para Luciana Souza)
Wonmi Jung, voice
Max Light, guitar
Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius De Moraes Chora Coração
Marisa Waller, voice
Henrique Eisenmann, piano
Jacob do Bandolim Doce De Coco
Joseph Copeland, voice
Caio Afiune, guitar
Songs by Luciana Souza
Baião à Tempo
3 to 2 in Overtime
Liz Tobias, vocals
Kevin Sun, tenor saxophone
Alec Watson, piano
Andrew Schiller, bass
Connor Baker, drums
Full schedule of public events during Luciana Souza's teaching residency:
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