12.29.11 Luciana Souza + Larry Koonse + David Piltch [$15 one set only 9:15-11pm]

Blue Whale presents
THURSDAY  DECEMBER 29, 2011 9:15 – 11PM
LUCIANA SOUZA + LARRY KOONSE + DAVID PILTCH
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012  |  213.620.0908 

Grammy winner Luciana Souza is one of Jazz’s leading singers and interpreters. Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, she grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators. Her work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened approach to classical repertoire and new music. As a leader, Luciana Souza has eight acclaimed releases including her four Grammy nominated records “Brazilian Duos,” 2002, “North and South,” 2003, and “Duos II,” 2005, and “Tide,” 2009.

Her debut recording for Universal/Verve (produced by her husband, Larry Klein), “The New Bossa Nova, ” (2007) was met with critical acclaim (Bilboard Latin Jazz Album of the Year) and on “Tide,” Luciana “continued her captivating journey as a uniquely talented vocalist who organically crosses genre borders. Her music soulfully reflects, wistfully regrets, romantically woos, joyfully celebrates…”(Billboard).

Ms. Souza has performed and recorded with greats like Herbie Hancock (on his Grammy winning record, River – The Joni Letters), 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. Her complete discography contains more than 50 records as a side singer. Luciana Souza’s singing has been called “transcendental, “perfect, ” and of “unparalleled beauty. ” Entertainment Weekly said, “Her voice traces a landscape of emotion that knows no boundaries. ”

Luciana Souza has been a prominent soloist in two important works by composer Osvaldo Golijov – La Pasion According to St. Mark, and Oceana. She has performed with the Bach Akademie Stuttgart, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Other orchestral appearances include de Falla’s “El Amor Brujo” with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Her work in chamber music includes a fruitful collaboration with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Ms. Souza began her recording career at age three with a radio commercial, and recorded more than 200 jingles and soundtracks, becoming a first-call studio veteran at age 16. She spent four years on faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she received a Bachelor’s in Jazz Composition. Ms. Souza 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. In 2005, Luciana was awarded Female Jazz Singer of the Year, by the Jazz Journalists Association. From 2005 to 2010, Luciana was the Jazz Artist in Residence with the prestigious San Francisco Performances. Ms. Souza will be a featured soloist with the Los Angeles.

Luciana Souza website

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Born into a musical family, Larry has been playing the guitar since he was seven years old. At the age of fifteen he recorded an album with his father, guitarist Dave Koonse, entitled “Dave and Larry Koonse; father and son jazz guitars.” In 1984, Larry was the first recipient of a BM in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California.

Immediately after graduating from USC Larry toured extensively for six years as a member of the John Dankworth quartet, traveling all across the globe and backing up Cleo Laine. He is currently a member of Billy Child’s landmark chamber sextet which just released a CD entitled “Lyric” featuring Brian Blade and received a grammy nomination for instrumental jazz album of the year. He has also toured and recorded with Mel Torme, Terry Gibbs, Bob Brookmeyer, Billy Childs, John Patitucci, David Friesen, Karrin Allyson, Warne Marsh and was a featured performer with the Percy Faith Orchestra on a tour of Japan. At the invitation of Nelson Mandela and UNICEF, Larry traveled to South Africa to perform for the first annual SAMIX festival with the Steve Houghton quintet. He also performed with Gary Willis in Sao Paulo for a government sponsored concert at SESC Ipiranga. In his travels, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Academy of Music, Disney Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and has been a featured soloist with the L.A. Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and many other orchestras throughout the world. Larry has recorded with Cleo Laine, Al Hirt, Jimmy Rowles, Lee Konitz, Larry Goldings, Alan Broadbent, Ray Brown, Bill Perkins, Toots Thielemanns, Rod Stewart, Clay Jenkins, Linda Ronstadt, David Friesen, Bob Sheppard, Charlie Haden and many other jazz artists. His solo guitar work was featured throughout “Crazy”, a feature film chronicling the life of the great guitarist Hank Garland.

The founder of the Player’s School, the renown bassist Jeff Berlin, contacted Larry in 1995 to write a guitar curriculum which is currently used for their program. He was co-leader of the L.A. Jazz Quartet which released their fourth CD, “Conversation Piece” (NAXOS Records) in September, 2000. The quartet’s first three CD’s, “Astarte” (GOWI), “Look To The East” (NAXOS), and “Family Song” (NTR), have received critical acclaim for their originality and musical depth. Larry’s most recent recording, “Storybook” is now available through Jazz Compass (www.jazzcompass.com). He has two other releases on the Jazz Compass label: Americana ( a recording featuring Scott Colley on the bass) and Dialogues of the Heart (featuring his father Dave Koonse in a guitar duo setting). Larry has been a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts since 1990.

Larry Koonse website

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David was born January 29, 1960, the youngest of three children. His older brother Robert, one of Canada’s finest guitarists, can be credited as David’s first music teacher. Susan, the eldest, is also a fine musician and plays flute and piano. She can be heard performing with the flute/guitar duo, LaBrash/Piltch, originating from the beautiful Caledon, Ontario area, or featured on their two CD’s, NATURE’S PLAY and THE MOON AND FLOWERS. Hurray for sibling rivalry!

David was born January 29, 1960, the youngest of three children. His older brother Robert, one of Canada’s finest guitarists, can be credited as David’s first music teacher. Susan, the eldest, is also a fine musician and plays flute and piano. She can be heard performing with the flute/guitar duo, LaBrash/Piltch, originating from the beautiful Caledon, Ontario area, or featured on their two CD’s, NATURE’S PLAY and THE MOON AND FLOWERS. Hurray for sibling rivalry!

Both of David’s parents provided the perfect environment for a creative musical family. Bernie, a “musician’s musician,” was a role model not only for his children, but also for two generations of woodwind and reed players, from the late forties to the early eighties in Toronto’s diverse music scene. Bernie can be heard on a classic recording featuring Duke Ellington, entitled, NORTH OF THE BORDER.

As teenagers during the late seventies, David and brother, Rob, could often be heard performing with their father and with the many Jazz groups playing around the Toronto scene. David became a “regular” at Bourbon Street (a Toronto Jazz club) and played with famous musicians such as Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, Mose Allison, George Coleman. and many others. In 1979, David did a stint with Blood, Sweat and Tears, which included recording the album, NUCLEAR BLUES. In 1981, the road led David to Japan for the first time and six months on tour with Chuck Mangione. In 1983, David formed the group, Strangeness Beauty. This instrumental trio was an innovative ensemble employing conceptual writing and improvisation, and was comprised of Ron Allen, saxophone and lyracon (wind synthesiser), and Michael Sloski, drums.

Entering the world of singers, David began recording and performing with Mary Margaret O’Hara, then later k.d. lang and Holly Cole (Trio)

Presently, David lives in California and can be heard on upcoming recordings with Holly Cole, k.d. lang, Eddi Reader, Paul Young and Kenny Loggins.

David Piltch website

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