Luiz Simas, a longtime fixture on the New York jazz scene, will be the Greater Princeton Steinway Society’s guest artist for its final musicale of the 2016-17 season on Sunday, March 19. The concert will be a return engagement for Mr. Simas, who performed previously for Steinway Society audiences in 2006 and 2012. It will take place at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall at Jacobs Music, 2540 Brunswick Pike (U.S. Route 1), Lawrenceville, NJ. A social hour with refreshments and conversation with Mr. Simas will follow his performance.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mr. Simas has lived in New York since 1989, where he combines his talents as a composer, singer, and pianist. In demand at music clubs worldwide, he has appeared regularly at New York’s Cobi’s Place and Birdland Jazz Club, and given sold-out concerts at the renowned Mistura Fina Jazz Club in Rio de Janeiro. He has also played at such festivals as the Oslo Jazz Festival in Norway, Odessa Jazz Festival in Ukraine, Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival in Boulder, Colorado, and the Hartford International Jazz Festival in Connecticut. The venues for his solo piano concerts and shows with his accompanists have included the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, consulate of Poland, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, and the Elebash Theater at CUNY, among many others. His style of composition and performance is influenced by classical, jazz, and bossa nova, along with Brazilian popular, traditional, and modern music.
The first of his many recordings in the U.S., “New Chorinhos from Brazil,” was hailed by the reviewer Titus Levis in Keyboard Magazine, who wrote that “Luiz’s playing is sassy, clear, vibrant, yet understated…his music sounds fresh, smart, and witty.” Egídio Leitão, a reviewer for the website Luna Kafe, added that “Luiz Simas has done an outstanding job. His recording is by far the very best choro release out of Brazil in recent years…superbly performed.” Mr. Simas’ newest CD, titled “Cafuné,” includes 13 original songs featuring lyrics (in Portuguese) and arrangements by the composer, who performs lead vocals and piano on the album.
Mr. Simas’s program will feature original piano compositions and improvisations in various Brazilian styles in addition to pieces by Ernesto Nazareth, Jacob Bittencourt, and Carlos Jobim.
The Greater Princeton Steinway Society’s 2016-17 season will conclude with its annual scholarship competition for young pianists ages 7-18 that will culminate in a Winners Recital in May 2017. The Winners Recital will also take place at Jacobs Music.
Founded in 1989, the Steinway Society is dedicated to developing the talent of young piano students. All proceeds from ticket sales help fund scholarship awards for aspiring young pianists.
Steinway Society memberships are $50 per individual or $85 per family and include admission to all six musicales. Tickets for individual musicales are $18 for adults or $10 for full-time students, and may be purchased at the Jacobs Music Recital Hall 30 minutes before each program. Benefactors contributing $100 and up, and Sponsors contributing $250 or more, also earn admission to all six musicales, plus recognition in the concert programs.
For more information, visit www.steinwaysocietyprinceton.org. To receive email notifications of upcoming musicales, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited, so patrons are advised to arrive early to assure a seat.
TO RSVP, PLEASE CONTACT: RANDY BROWN, JACOBS MUSIC at (609) 434-0222