Grammy winner, Brazilian Jazz singer and composer Luciana Souza, returns to the stage with Word Strings, her new project on words and poetry, featuring guitarist Chico Pinheiro and bassist Scott Colley.
In many of her recordings and past projects, Luciana Souza has paid tribute to poets and poetry - setting to music poems of Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, E.E. Cummings, Gary Snyder, and more recently, Leonard Cohen. For Word Strings, Luciana revisits some of these poets and includes new settings of poems by Leonard Cohen, Octavio Paz, and others.
"Poetry continues to spill into everything in my life," Luciana says. "It has been my constant companion and I continue to be fascinated by how powerful words strung together by the mind and eye of the poet can be. I constantly find myself transformed after encountering good poetry."
Luciana brings together two master musicians - Chico Pinheiro, on guitar, and Scott Colley, on the acoustic bass. She says:"Chico and Scott are both great composers, and play that way - they improvise beautifully and compositionally, and contribute to the music from the point of view of deeply understanding structure and color, contrast and texture - all that makes music sound personal and vital. They are also very committed to creating something new, which has always been my driving wheel, even when dealing with traditional music. I am so happy to be embarking on a project with these two musicians - we all aim to illuminate these words and sounds together..."
Chico Pinheiro hails from São Paulo, Luciana Souza’s hometown in Brazil. A self-taught guitarist, he later attended Berklee College of Music, in Boston. Chico Pinheiro is the most prominent composer and musician of his generation, able to translate in a very personal way his influences from traditional Brazilian music and contemporary jazz. Pinheiro is that rare composer that combines intellectual prowess with ideas that are very lyrical and romantic.
Scott Colley is an old collaborator of Luciana Souza, having been the bassist on two of her recordings (Grammy nominated North and South, and the critically acclaimed The New Bossa Nova) and numerous tours over the years. Colley manifests all that’s desired in a great musician - constant curiosity, deep intimacy with theinstrument, superb technical ability, and an uncanny rhythmic and compositional approach to the bass - making him the perfect choice for a drummer-less trio.
The live performances of Word Strings will make use of a large projector screen where drawings, text, and animated art will be displayed.