A multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer, and stilt artist Luciano was born and raised in the rural interior of Brazil inspired by his father's accordion playing. In 1992 Luciano moved to Toronto from Brasilia at the age of 16 and started to gain access to school band instruments. He stuck to classical guitar and made his debut performance with the University of Toronto Guitar Ensemble in 1995. With an aptitude for practising a variety of instruments, Luciano came to fall in love with his homeland's renowned percussion traditions.
From 2002 to 2013 he focused mainly on percussive arts and became a regular performer for Toronto's Brazilian troupes Maracatu Nunca Antes and Batucada Carioca. Simultaneously, Luciano started band projects (Mulambo Groove, Zé Fuá, Maracatall) in Toronto where he was frequently the lead singer and arranger as well as accordionist / guitarist / percussionist and performed extensively in festivals including:
The Gladstone World 2007;
Brazil Fest 2008, 11, 13, 14;
Harbourfront Centre (various) 2009, 10, 12, 14 and 15;
Carassauga Festival 2008, 13, 14 and 15;
Montreal Forró Festival 2015;
Toronto’s International Buskerfest 2014,15;
Dubai Shopping Festival 2015,
St John's Buskers on the Bay 2016 and Calgary Brazil Fest 2016.
2017 marks the debut of Luciano Lu solo performance career.
Alongside his music stage show, Luciano teaches percussion workshops to children and is developing a multi-arts solo show that incorporates stilts, theatrical dance and live music.
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