October 2, 2014
Since 1932, International House has served the University of Chicago and greater Chicago community as a residential cultural center for international exchange and understanding. Celebrate 82 years of international friendship and public programming during the Founders Day Celebration featuring Brazilian folk and bossa nova guitarist and vocalist, Luciano Antonio and friends. This year, Founders Day is being co-celebrated with The Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago, an educational organization whose purpose is to promote and disseminate information about the diverse peoples of Brazil, fostering understanding and appreciation for Brazilian culture, music, art, and dance.
Luciano was born into a musical family on January 3, 1969 in rural Iretama, Parana, Brazil’s southern region. From this melodiously rich environment, he learned first how to sing with his mom, Luiza Maria. By age 14, he took the violão (acoustic guitar) as a self taught instrument, focusing his repertoire on Brazilian Folk and Bossa Nova (Brazilian Jazz). He continued his pursuit of technical development through the study of classical guitar at the age of 17, attending several guitar symposiums, work shops and master classes under one of Brazil’s most respected professors, Henrique Pinto. After successfully completing his education at University of Missouri-Kansas City, he relocated to Chicago where he has since established himself as a performing artist. Luciano has collaborated with many great fellow artists: playing acoustic guitar on John Goldman’s ‘For All the People’, vocals on Matt Geraghty’s ‘Mozaic’, arranging/co-producing, and performing on the recent release ‘Samba Mundo’ by St. Louis based Samba Bom, serving as lead vocalist and guitarist with the Evanston Orquestra de Samba which connects classical music with Brazilian rhythms and harmonies, and performing throughout the Chicago Jazz scene as a soloist. Luciano's most recent accomplisment is the release of his debut album of original music "Vida De Artista - An Artist's Life".
Free and open to the public.