Center Stage Series: Presents Luciana Souza Quartet Nov. 8 at Luther College

Luciana Souza, an innovator in the bossa nova tradition, fusing jazz and Brazilian samba into lyrical tunes, brings her quartet to the Luther College campus at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

Souza's performance in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall, is part of Luther College's 2012-13 Center Stage Series of professional performing arts events.

Her program will feature pieces from two new projects: "The Book of Chet," a tribute to iconic trumpet player and singer Chet Baker, and "Duos III," which includes Souza's signature songs in the Brazilian bossa nova tradition.

Tickets for the performance go on sale Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Luther Box Office,    (563) 387-1357, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and may be purchased online at

Souza grew up in a family of bossa nova innovation, her parent's part of Brazil's original movement. Bossa nova is a quiet, reflective music that requires close communication between the musicians onstage and the audience. It was developed in the 1950s and '60s in Brazil.

Souza began her recording career at age three with a radio commercial, and recorded more than 200 short songs and soundtracks, becoming a first-call studio veteran at age 16. She has seven acclaimed CD releases including three grammy nominated records. The Washington Post said, "Souza's voice is as agile as an otter in water, and it is a sensual pleasure to hear her sing in Portuguese, that most liquid and supple of languages."

She spent four years on the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she received the bachelor's degree in jazz composition.

Souza earned the master's degree in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music and taught for four years at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  From 2005-10, Souza was the jazz artist in residence with the San Francisco Performances.

Souza has performed and recorded with greats such as Herbie Hancock on his Grammy-winning record, "River – The Joni Letters," as well as Paul Simon, 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. 

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Luciana Souza will perform at Luther College on Nov. 8