Born: February 6, 1948
Luiz Simas was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a composer, singer and pianist, and he has performed and recorded with many of the top Brazilian artists. Many of his songs have been recorded in Brazil and in the US, and he also composed several soundtracks for tv. Luiz was 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). Living in New York since 1989, he has performed as a solo singer/pianist, as well as with his own group in various jazz clubs, jazz festivals, universities and music halls, both in the US and in Europe, in the Caribbean (Jamaica, Trinidad, British Virgin Islands) and in Brazil. He’s also a very sought-after music director and arranger, having worked in the US and In Brazil in numerous recordings and live performances with several jazz and Brazilian jazz artists. Luiz is also a teacher of Brazilian popular music history, having given several courses at CUNY’s graduate center on the subject....
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