Luiz Simas Live in New York City
Luiz Simas was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a composer, singer and pianist, and he has performed and recorded with several well known Brazilian artists, such as Raul Seixas, Roberto Carlos, Elza Soares, Marilia Pera, Lobão, Ritchie, Oswaldo Montenegro, Amelinha, and many others. Many of his songs have been recorded in Brazil, and he also composed several soundtracks for tv. Luiz was also the first musician in Rio to use a synthesizer, and he composed and recorded sound effects for several tv and radio networks, including the trademark sound for Brazil's principal network (TV Globo). He was one of the original members of the groups Agora-4 (bossa-nova) and Módulo 1000 (Brazilian psychedelic rock) in the late 60's and later on of the group Vimana (Brazilian fusion-symphonic rock) in the 70's, the latter with Lulu Santos, Ritchie, Lobão and Fernando Gama. Living in New York since 1989, he has performed as a solo singer/pianist, as well as with his own group and with several Brazilian and American groups, in places such as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Conservatory, Rutgers University, SOB's, the Village Gate, The Spanish Institute,The Ballroom, Hotel Plaza Athenée, the Roger Williams University (Rhode Island), the Mirage Hotel (Las Vegas). He has performed at several music festivals, such as the Hartford International Jazz Festival, the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival in Boulder, the Oslo Jazz Festival in Norway, and the II International Chopin and Friends Festival at the Polish Consulate in NYC (where he played his original compositions in the chorinho style). Mr.Simas has played also performed in Brazil, in Jamaica, in the British Virgin Islands and in Trinidad. He was the music director for Brazilian legendary singer Elza Soares when she performed at the Village Gate, and 1993 Ana Caram recorded his song 'Maybe' in her CD for Chesky Records. He has also performed with singer Natalie Carter, among others. Luiz Simas is a founding member of the vocal/instrumental group Aluá, with Marcos Figueira and Kerry Linder. Mr.Simas's repertoire includes his 'chorinhos' and other compositions for solo piano. Due to the similarities between chorinhos and ragtime, Mr. Simas was invited to perform in 2000 and 2003 at the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival in Boulder, Colorado, being announced as a 'sensational pianist from Brazil'. He was featured as a great example of the close relationship between the all styles of piano music of the Americas. Many of his songs were chosen by the Central New Jersey Piano Teachers Forum, an association of 100 piano teachers, to be included in their syllabus for 2002. Luiz Simas has recorded 4 CDs in the US: two solo piano CDs (New Chorinhos from Brazil and Impromptu), one vocal/instrumental CD with a large ensemble (Recipe for Rhythm, featuring his original songs written in partnership with lyricist Ellen Schwartz) and his newest CD (Luiz Simas Live in New York City). LUIZ SIMAS LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY The CD 'Luiz Simas Live in New York City' was recorded at the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Manhattan, and it features Luiz Simas on piano, Steve Kowarsky on bassoon, Barbara Blonska on flute and Jorge Amorim on percussion. It includes works by Nazareth ('Odeon'), Villa-Lobos ('Bachianas #5), Jobim (a medley of favorite Jobim tunes), Simas ('The Legend of the Enchanted Lagoon' and 'Twisted Samba') and many others. It captures all the excitement of what was one of this unusual group's best live performances, with a program which was the same as the one performed by them at the sold-out concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2003. ___ WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT THE 'LUIZ SIMAS LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY' CD: '...70 minutes of glorious music...' 'The album opens with the peaceful, overture-like 'The Legend of the Enchanted Lagoon,' one of Simas songs in this collection. Kowarsky's bassoon solo clearly shows the Villa-Lobos influence in this composition' 'Throughout this recording, Simas adds unexpected gems side by side with Brazilian classics and his own music' 'Blonska's flute solos are also a delight to hear. She brings life to Jacob do Bandolim's 'Doce de Coco,' when Simas stands back and let the flute take over' '...a rousing arrangement of Zequinha de Abreu's world renowned 'Tico-Tico no Fubá.' With the touch of a visionary, Simas adds to the original song excerpts of 'Summertime' and 'Brasileirinho.' This mixture of different worlds and styles take 'Tico-Tico no Fubá' to a whole new dimension. It is truly remarkable. - Egídio Leitão, Musicabrasileira.org AND ABOUT LUIZ SIMAS' OTHER CDS (Luiz's) playing (in 'New Chorinhos from Brazil') is sassy, clear, vibrant, yet understated' 'his music ...sounds fresh, smart, and witty' - Titus Levis, Keyboard Magazine 'Luiz Simas has done an outstanding job! His (recording) New Chorinhos from Brazil is by far the very best choro release out of Brazil in recent years...superbly performed.' - Egídio Leitão, Luna Kafe 'This album ('Recipe for Rhythm')is a gem. If you like lush, exotic Brazilian rhythms to dance to,contemplate to, or just to dream or work to, this is just the thing. Recommended.' - The Critical Review Luiz's style is influenced by classical music, by jazz and bossa nova, and by Brazilian popular, traditional and modern music. His presentations are always very vibrant and extremely well received by the audiences.