The vibrant and joyful music of Luiz Santos, a worldwide artist from New York City USA, will make you feel alive. His brilliant mix of Brazilian rhythms, Caribbean, Chamber Music and Jazz as he plays the drums and the piano will fill your heart with hope. Simply put on one of his albums and you'll be sure to feel uplifted and encouraged. What makes the music of this world-class Brazilian drummer, percussionist, pianist and composer so unique and incredibly special? His unparalleled creativity in making music and has been doing so since his childhood.
His love of music stems from the passion for music his Brazilian parents had while growing up. They knew that as a young child of nine years old when they first heard Luiz play the drums, he had talent beyond his years. The more he played, the more he aspired to play many different rhythms.
The self-taught instrumentalist played his first professional gig at the age of 13 while living in Rio de Janeiro. Opportunities arose to play with older musicians which helped him to explore many different styles of music.
Eventually he began performing all over Brazil with well-known recording musicians such as bassist Arthur Maia, Jovino Santos, Hermeto Pascoal and many others. The passion Luiz had for music fueled him to begin composing and arranging full orchestral pieces.
He also toured extensively in Europe as part of "Brazil Fusion". His music became in high demand, enabling him to play for bands and work on music projects in several countries including Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Greece, Luxemburg and Italy. Listed below are a few of the many venues throughout Europe in which he has performed:
Influenced by the music of Chick Corea, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Strawinsky, Debussy, Bartok, Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Keith Jarrett, Weather Report, Pat Metheny, Elvin Jones, Peter Erskine, Billy Cobham, Tony Williams, Dave Weckl and Steve Gadd, he creates unique flavors of music by combining typical jazz sounds with classical and Brazilian percussion. He has also written compositions for everything from jazz to contemporary classical, modern music to string quartets.
He has also been on demand in New York City playing with musicians like Richie Goods, Vic Juris, Tim Armacost, Peter Brendler, Russ Nolan, Sean Nowell, Helio Alves, Paul Meyers, Edward Perez, John Benitez, Hector Martignon, Mark Weinstein, Nilson Matta, and Monika Oliveira just to name a few.
Luiz has recorded several CD Projects in Rio De Janeiro, all which feature his own compositions. Other musicians on his CD projects include: Humberto Mirabelli (Guitar), Fernando Roza (Bass), Fernando Trocado (Tenor Sax and Flute), Marcelo Martins (Alto/Soprano Sax and Flute).
Life is filled with many sounds and as an accomplished and talented musician, Luiz Santos captures the sounds of life like no other. If you desire to hear music in a whole new way that brings refreshing to your soul and excitement to your everyday life, you will want to have the albums of Luiz Santos.
“Luiz you are one of the most talented men I know – Im loving the new album.” - J. McTaggart, 22-Nov-2013
“Great music Luiz! Your art improves, raises culture.” - R. Zanetti, 29-Set-2013
“…Great music to listen to while writing. Keeps my mind active!” - G. King, 30-Jul-2013
“I’m not a fan of Jazz but I must admit, you make some pretty awesome music! ” - S. Suzuki, 8-Jun-13
“Your music reminds me very much of clouds – an ethereal blending of images.” - C. Kurr, 6-Jun-2013
“…feel blessed to reach out and connect up keep playin, ur brazilian rhythms get into you and bring us good vibes.” - M. Rolek, 29-Apr-2013
“Découvrez l’art d’exprimer une variété de percussions afro-indien comme une forme d’art jazz du monde moderne.” - D. Artist, 21-Mar-2013
“Love your magic!!!! Simply remarkable!!” - R. Brown, 28-Feb-2013
“…what a multi-talented musician you are.. absolutely DIVINE!” - A. Lyons, 31-Jan-2013
“great! The music produce peace in the world. Love it!” - G. Allocco, 19-Jan-2013
“…very interesting Afro-Brazilan jazz blend. Creative! Hard to pull off something that unique.” - A. Lukeman, 12-Jan-2013
“After a grey, sad winterday, I listen to your music and it makes me feel alive again… thanks!” - N. Smessaert, 11-Jan-2013
“Enjoying the freedom and playful exploration in your music!…” - D. Piowaty, 04-Jan-2013
“I am TOTALLY international!!! But NOTHING on earth equals your exquisite music! Am in AWE…….and turned ON” - C. Weisz, 03-Aug-2012
“Ah, Luis, I Love Brazilian Jazz! And you are one of the finest representatives thereof!” - H. Nash, 19-Apr-2012
“Luiz Santos Music with JaZZy LOVE … ART is the CREATION of LOVE Beauty & PaSSioN!” - H. Julie, 19-Apr-12
“I’m digging the sound, gotta find ways to incorporate it with what I do. #LOVE IT! Keeping playing your heart’s rhythm. Smoochz” - B. Pearl, 25-Feb-2012
“Your versatility and talent are a reflection of the fine work and quality of your music. A real pleasure to listen your work!” - G. Lara . 2-Jul-2011
“Greetings to you Mr Santos. What fantastic music I am a fan already. I absolutely love the wonderful journeys your music takes me on and the diversity of your playing. Just brilliant…” - A. Tu, 06-Apr-2010