April 05, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

Luciana SouzaLEWISBURG, Pa. — Grammy Award-winning vocalist Luciana Souza will perform "Brazilian Duos" with guitarist Romero Lubambo on Wednesday, April 17, in the lobby of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

There will be a pre-performance talk at 6:45 p.m., before the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and tickets are not required.

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Souza grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators; her father was a singer and songwriter, her mother a poet and lyricist.

Considered one of jazz's leading singers and interpreters, Souza has been releasing acclaimed recordings since 2002, including her six Grammy-nominated records "Brazilian Duos", "North and South", "Duos II", "Tide", "Duos III" and "The Book of Chet", an homage to Chet Baker.

Her debut recording for Universal, "The New Bossa Nova", was produced by her husband, Larry Klein, and met with widespread critical acclaim. Souza's recordings also include two works based on poetry: "The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs" and "Neruda."

The singer has performed and recorded with greats including Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider, Danilo Perez and many others. Her longstanding duo work with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo has earned her accolades across the globe.

She has performed with the Bach Akademie Stuttgart, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Her work in chamber music includes a fruitful collaboration with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Souza spent four years on faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she received a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Composition. She earned a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory of Music and taught for four years at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City. From 2005 to 2010, she was the Jazz Artist in Residence with the prestigious San Francisco Performances.

This tour is funded through Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation's Jazz Touring Network program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about this free event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

For more information about future programming at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.facebook.com/WeisCenter or www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter

Contact: Division of Communications