Born: July 6, 1963
Born in Messina, Italy (Sicily), self-taught from the age of 6, he studied for several years with the pianist-composer Salvatore Bonafede, and, in New York for a brief and intensive time with Richie Beirach. In the years he attended several jazz courses and clinics, among the others Siena Jazz; Berklee Clinics in Umbria, Aebersold School in London , and piano courses with Shirley Scott, James Williams and Franco D’Andrea.
Luciano performed in several festival and jazz- clubs in Europe and US. He is the pianist of the Mahanada Quartet an original combination of free improvisation and written music. With Mahanada he has released three CDs, and garnered extremely good reviews and recognitions Top Ten CDs Critic’s Best Choice Top Ten CDs 2006 - Cadence, Best Albums of 2006 - All About Jazz, Italy)....
Awards- 2011 Record To Die For -"At Home with Zindars", Stereophile Magazine -10°Independent Music Awards Nomination "Best Tribute Album 2010" for "At Home with Zindars" - Reviewer's Choice: Top Ten Albums of 2010 ("At Home with Zindars") Cadence Jazz Magazine - 10 Best New Songs of the Year "Earl and Bill" by Luciano Troja, from "At Home with Zindars" Ken Franckling Jazz Notes
16 jewels strung together into a luminous arc of meditation” -Thomas Conrad, Stereophile
“Troja adds to Zindars's reputation, succeeding admirably in translating the beauty that lies in Zindars's simplicity, and in navigating the deceptively complex structures in which these rhapsodic poems of love abide” -Ian Patterson, All About Jazz
“ It is one of the better new piano CDs I have heard in a while.There are still many great up-and-coming artists emerging, but far fewer poets. Here is a chance to discover one.” -Maxwell Chandler, Jazz Police
“Illuminating the music from his point of view Troja invites us to discover the uniqueness and the beauty of this music” -Stefano Zenni, Il Giornale Della Musica
“Luciano's solo work is touching and deeply moving” [CD Discovery of the Week] -Marc Myers, JazzWax.com
“A perfect tribute to Earl Zindars” -Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene
“A CD to savor for many reasons” -Ken Franckling, Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes
This is a loving project… listeners who know the Evans’ versions will admire Troja’s careful, tender lyricism, his delicate way with a melody, his harmonic variety, the sound he gets from the piano”. -Michael Steinman, Cadence
“A beautiful CD...Troja has shown to be one of the most creative and original pianist of recent years” -Marcelo Morales, El Intruso Jazz Magazine Argentina
“A very beautiful gift for piano aficionados and for all those who love elegant music.” -Roberta E. Zlokower, Roberta On The Arts
“Listening to At Home With Zindars is like finding an unexpected treasure trove of new musical delights” -Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.net
“A marvelous performance...Troja's tribute to Zindars is not only relaxing and charming but intellectually challenging” -Edward Blanco, Ejazznews
“This is an important achievement and a treat for fans of the genial, evocative style that Zindars - and Troja- so successfully mine” -Alan Young, Lucid Culture, NYC
“Anyone who likes the piano for all the right reasons will have a friend in this one” -George Harris, The Jazz Messenger
“An extraordinary labor of love… Troja is the perfect musician to take us on this journey” -Don Netsky, City Newspaper
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