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"Luca Luciano is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer who now makes his home in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances" (Musician Magazine)

Born in Naples (Italy) on 12 August 1975, Luca Luciano is a clarinetist, a composer and an educator currently based in the United Kingdom. He has held the position of clarinet professor at the Leeds College of Music in the UK, he is a specialist of both classical and jazz music and his research focuses on extended techniques for the contemporary repertoire and new compositions for solo clarinet.

A keen promoter of new music, he has been described by "Musician Magazine" as "a noted Italian clarinetist and composer who now makes his home in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances" . "Luciano has established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet" according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine and his work has been appreciated by the International Clarinet Association and the BBC Radio ("Such a virtuoso musical performance and such joyful uplifting music I just couldn't resist it"). Luciano graduated from the Conservatory of Music of Salerno (Italy) in 1999 and has been awarded the Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy in the UK in 2010.

He began his career at the age of twelve performing at the Sala Curci in Naples and has since held several recitals, master-classes, lecture-recitals and workshops in the UK, Europe and South America including the South Bank Centre in London, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and SESC Instrumental Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In recent years he has been focusing primarily on his own music with premieres held at St Martin in the Fields in London for their "New Music Series" and the Cathedral of Bristol. His compositions have been cited in books about the clarinet repertoire and have also received appreciation within the academic scene of the UK, and Brazil.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Partenope Productions) Artist Biographies Fri, 02 Mar 2012 22:53:15 -0600
“The new voice of the Clarinet” Luca Luciano takes the clarinet to spectacular higher ground! http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/the-new-voice-of-the-clarinet-luca-luciano-takes-the-clarinet-to-spectacular-higher-ground.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/the-new-voice-of-the-clarinet-luca-luciano-takes-the-clarinet-to-spectacular-higher-ground.html “The new voice of the Clarinet” Luca Luciano takes the clarinet to spectacular higher ground!
 Internationally recognised for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, extremely appreciated by the International Clarinet association, "Luciano has established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet" according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain. His latest album "Partenope" is receiving praises in three continents (BBC Radio, Jazzradio.com, CRN Australia nationwide, in Brazil and South America, RTE national broadcaster of Ireland and radios around Europe) including a number of interviews for the press and on radio. 

 Internationally recognised for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, extremely appreciated by the International Clarinet association, "Luciano has established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet" according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain. His latest album "Partenope" is receiving praises in three continents (BBC Radio, Jazzradio.com, CRN Australia nationwide, in Brazil and South America, RTE national broadcaster of Ireland and radios around Europe) including a number of interviews for the press and on radio. These are some comments on his music:

 

-" Jazz Impromptu shows off Luciano's jazz skills at their best" (The Clarinet Journal)

- "The whole CD is fascinating to listen to" (Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine)

- "They have made genuine impressions on the London improvisational scene and this album shows their technical assurance, creative ability and natural versatility" (Jazz Journal International)

- "Italian virtuoso Luca Luciano, now resident in London, takes the clarinet to spectacular higher ground" (Jazz UK)

- "...a thrilling exploration of the relationship between composed and improvised music..." (All About Jazz)

 

The album includes music part of an academic research on extended techniques for the contemporary repertoire and new music for solo clarinet and you can find up-to-date information (audio, dates, downloads, video, etc) on Luca's official site www.lucaluciano.com. The album is distributed via CD Baby and it also available on Amazon (CDs and downloads), iTunes, Napster, CD Universe and a special offer is now available on Luca's official site.

 

You can now meet Luca on Face Book on www.facebook.com/lucalucianoclarinet.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Partenope Productions) Press Releases Sat, 03 Mar 2012 10:33:45 -0600
The new album by the clarinetist Luca Luciano is now out http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/the-new-album-by-the-clarinetist-luca-luciano-is-now-out.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/the-new-album-by-the-clarinetist-luca-luciano-is-now-out.html The new album "Partenope" , contemporary music for solo clarinet, by the Italian clarinettist/composer Luca Luciano is now out ( "Masterful Clarinet!" by Musician Magazine). Continuing the journey started with the album "Neapolis" (Red Kite Records, 2005) and "Clarinet" (MCPS, 2008-2010), the compositions (all Lucianos) included in this release are also part of an on-going academic research that focuses on extended techniques for the contemporary repertoire and new music for solo clarinet that Luciano has also presented during the masterclasses and workshops he holds around th...

The new album "Partenope", contemporary music for solo clarinet, by the Italian clarinettist/composer Luca Luciano is now out ("Masterful Clarinet!" by Musician Magazine). Continuing the journey started with the album "Neapolis" (Red Kite Records, 2005) and "Clarinet" (MCPS, 2008-2010), the compositions (all Lucianos) included in this release are also part of an on-going academic research that focuses on extended techniques for the contemporary repertoire and new music for solo clarinet that Luciano has also presented during the masterclasses and workshops he holds around the UK and overseas (Italy Brazil etc).

Luciano has presented his "Clarinet Solo Project" via performances and educational events and has premiered his music at the Cathedral of Bristol in June 2009 and the prestigious St Martin in the Fields in London part of their New Music Series of 2010. The core of the project is made of the two Sequenzas for solo clarinet that have been inspired by Gustav Mahler's famous say: "A symphony must be like the world it must embrace everything". The Sequenzas include sections of notated and improvised music where a "sequence" of propositions are developed by the musician during the piece. During the performance the clarinet is pushed to the edge using a wide range of styles and expressions in an imaginative journey around the world from Western European music to Afro-American or folkloristic music of Southern Italy from contemporary classical music with chromatic and angular-shaped lines to heartfelt melodies.

The programme is completed by Jazz Impromptu as a freely improvised track that includes short quotations from some of Charlie Parker's famous tunes as a homage to the American saxophonist and by a series of shorter pieces where a variety of techniques are applied (glissando multi-phonics growl/flutter quarter-tones "timbral-trills" or quarter-tone trills alteration of the tone etc) on scores that may also feature other effects or the use of the Neapolitan minor scale and even a short section of serial music.

The project also shows the potential of the instrument endorsed by Luciano (a full Boehm System clarinet with a low Eb) with extra keys and rings that has attracted the attention of critics and enthusiasts alike.

The album is available via CD-Baby for physical and digital distribution world-wide and it is also available on Amazon (CDs and downloads) iTunes Napster CD Universe and most of the major and independent on-line distributions.  

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Partenope Productions) Press Releases Sat, 05 Mar 2011 18:00:00 -0600
Luca Luciano, the new voice of the Clarinet http://www.jazzreview.com/artist-biographies/luca-luciano-the-new-voice-of-the-clarinet.html http://www.jazzreview.com/artist-biographies/luca-luciano-the-new-voice-of-the-clarinet.html We are pleased to introduce Luca Luciano, clarinetist and composer, who is a "classically trained Italian virtuoso resident in London" ("Jazz UK"). He is also Professor of both jazz and classical Clarinet at the Leeds College of Music and is very much appreciated in the UK and overseas for his unique style ("Jazz Journal International" defined it as avant garde), and the quality of his compositions also quoted in books abo …

We are pleased to introduce Luca Luciano, clarinetist and composer, who is a "classically trained Italian virtuoso resident in London" ("Jazz UK"). He is also Professor of both jazz and classical Clarinet at the Leeds College of Music and is very much appreciated in the UK and overseas for his unique style ("Jazz Journal International" defined it as avant garde), and the quality of his compositions also quoted in books about the clarinet repertoire.

Luca Luciano started his career at a very young age (only twelve) performing at one of the most prestigious and ancient concert-halls of his home town Naples, appeared on television nationwide live at only age twenty-one, and quickly established himself as one of the most interesting talents in the UK and Europe. He has accumulated experience in both the jazz and classical field, received a Bachelor's degree in Music at the Conservatoire of Salerno (Italy), and a post-graduate course on music entrepreneurship founded by the ECC.

He is mainly active as soloist/composer, touring extensively the UK, EIRE, Germany, Italy ("Teignmouth South Devon Jazz Festival" 2003/2005, National Theatre, "London Jazz Festival," "Politeama Theatre" in Naples, "Giugliano Jazz Festival 2001," which featured Mike Stern, E. Rava, E. Pierannunzi, Vortex Jazz Club, etc.)--also within the classical field (the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, St James’s Piccadilly, Victoria & Albert Museum, Lancaster Cathedral, Newcastle University, "Centro Studi Erich Fromm" in Naples).

His technique and knowledge of both the jazz and the classical repertoire has allowed him to experience television performances (recording for RTE national TV broadcast of Ireland, live nationwide at RAI2 as guest soloist and arranger, plus local TV programs); solid studio sessions experience recording for several productions and also for Amnesty International and for the singer Sergio Bruni (arguably the most famous traditional Neapolitan singer in the world); orchestra ("Cork Opera Works" EIRE in the 2005, at the "Diana Theatre" of Naples 1996/97/98) and chamber music.

His discography includes: Passione (MAP 2000, Italy) with original compositions together with the third movement of Poulenc’s Sonata for clarinet and pianoforte; Neapolis (Red Kite Records 2005, UK), which includes only his own material organized in two suites for clarinet and pianoforte or for clarinet trio/quartet; Clarinet (MCPS 2008, UK) including original compositions for solo clarinet and clarinet ensemble together with the Stravinsky’s "Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo."

Luca and his compositions have been quoted in an upcoming book/catalogue about the repertoire of the clarinet published in Italy. He has been interviewed on radio on several occasions and his music has constantly been broadcast in the UK and in countries all around the world, including Italy, France, USA, Canada, Norway, Austria, Belgium, Australia, Brazil, Croatia and many more. These are some of the comments on his work:

- "I love this album! I have played some tracks on Fretwork."

Nonny James (BBC Radio)

- "Both Luca’s playing and the compositions are really great. The whole album has a really lovely melodic sense to it. "

Guy Barker (trumpet-player)

- "To be filed under avant garde, folk might well be a way of classifying this highly musical duo. Both have made genuine impressions on the London improvisational scene and this album shows their technical assurance, creative ability and natural versatility."

"JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL"

- "Classically trained Italian virtuoso Luca Luciano, now resident in London, takes the clarinet to the higher ground in a sensational duo with Franco Piccinno, a pianist with an equally warm and original touch. Together, they catch the spirit and take off on a joyful improvisational journey."

"JAZZ UK"

- "Mr. Luciano’s command of the clarinet, in particular, is clearly evident providing the listener with a frolicsome approach to his solos "

Frank Griffith, "MUSICIANS" (UK)

- "Romantic, soulful and technically superb. They have produced a work of true musical art."

Barry O’Sullivan (CRN Network Australia)

- "I have enjoyed myself listening to the album, it is a very beautiful piece of work, thought and written very well and played hugely. This is exactly the music I love!"

Gabriele Mirabassi (clarinetist)

- " great sound, a really beautiful album, congratulation!"

Gianluigi Trovesi (clarinetist, ECM)

- "The Neapolitan duo presents a fresh and innovative view on jazz, unlimited by genre or style."

Teignmouth South Devon International Jazz Festival (UK)

- "In the album Neapolis, Luciano shows the typical features of a mature musician with a sound and a style, in his writings, absolutely unique."

"JazzIT" (leading Italian Jazz Magazine)

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Partenope Productions) Artist Biographies Sat, 29 Jan 2011 11:56:09 -0600
Download the music of the Clarinettist Luca Luciano http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/download-the-music-of-the-clarinettist-luca-luciano.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/download-the-music-of-the-clarinettist-luca-luciano.html Luca Luciano is very much appreciated in the UK and overseas for his unique style and the quality of his compositions ("Masterful Clarinet" by Musician Magazine) and this latest project keeps faith to his uncompromised and sometimes controversial approach to jazz and the will to experiment and promote contemporary music. Luciano strongly believes in the "internet revolution" and the chance it gives to independent artists. His latest recordings "Clarinet", i

Luca Luciano is very much appreciated in the UK and overseas for his unique style and the quality of his compositions ("Masterful Clarinet" by Musician Magazine) and this latest project keeps faith to his uncompromised and sometimes controversial approach to jazz and the will to experiment and promote contemporary music.

Luciano strongly believes in the "internet revolution" and the chance it gives to independent artists. His latest recordings "Clarinet", in fact, are available to the public in limited edition only and they are mainly aimed at the on-line download market.

The main theme of the project is the composer Igor Stravinsky and in particular The Rite of Spring which has inspired Luciano so much. As a homage to the great Russian composer, some small quotations are present from his music.

Luciano's sound has been built on a vintage Bb Buffet clarinet which bears more keys and rings (20 keys and 7 rings) than the regular French clarinet (generally 17-18 keys and 6 rings) and goes a semitone lower as well. The instrument, then, is slightly longer than an A clarinet which explains its darker tone, versatility and more hybrid tone, almost like a Basset Clarinet, that fits so much Lucas style. Yet the extra keys and extension give him the chance to create sound effects otherwise almost impossible to generate.

The CD also includes the famous "Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo" by Stravinsky and an arrangement for five clarinets of the Coltrane's tune "Naima".

It is now possible to download Luca's music on most of the major independent on-line distributions and you can get full details about it simply following the link www.lucaluciano.com/archives/category/download.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Partenope Productions) Press Releases Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:51:37 -0600
Clarinet, the new CD by Luca Luciano http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/clarinet-the-new-cd-by-luca-luciano.html http://www.jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/clarinet-the-new-cd-by-luca-luciano.html We are pleased to intorduce "Clarinet", the latest album by the clarinetist/composer and Professor of Clarinet Luca Luciano "classically trained Italian virtuoso resident in London" ("Jazz UK"). Luca is very much appreciated in the UK and abroad for his unique style and the quality of his compositions and this latest project keeps faith to his uncompromised and sometimes controversial approach to jazz and the will to experiment. Luciano’s soun

We are pleased to intorduce "Clarinet", the latest album by the clarinetist/composer and Professor of Clarinet Luca Luciano "classically trained Italian virtuoso resident in London" ("Jazz UK").

Luca is very much appreciated in the UK and abroad for his unique style and the quality of his compositions and this latest project keeps faith to his uncompromised and sometimes controversial approach to jazz and the will to experiment.

Luciano’s sound has been built on a vintage "Bb" Buffet clarinet which bears more keys and rings (20 keys and 7 rings) than the "regular" French clarinet (generally 17-18 keys and 6 rings) and goes a semitone lower as well. The instrument, then, is slightly longer than an "A" clarinet which explains its darker tone, versatility and more hybrid tone, almost like a Basset Clarinet, that fits so much Luca’s style. Yet the extra keys and extension give him the chance to create sound effects otherwise almost impossible to generate (e.g. Divertimento #4 and Divertimento #9).

The two Sequenze for Clarinet Solo are the core of the album. They are a remarkable, pure improvisational journey where Luciano tries to embrace all the styles of music he loves in an imaginative tour around the world from classical European music to Afro-American or folkloristic music of the South of Italy, from contemporary music with chormaticism and angular-shaped melodies to lyric and almost operatic atmospheres, from polyphony to blues and swing. In fact Luciano firmly believes in the great potentiality of the clarinet and its expressivity and tries to stretch it to the limit including modulating the tone when necessary (as in the two Sequenze) to make it sound like a Chalumeau on the "tarantella" parts or more like an American clarinetist of the 30s and 40s.

Luca’s music has been inspired by composers such as Gershwin, Copland (who wrote for Goodman), Debussy and most of all Igor Stravinsky (much loved by jazz players like Charlie Parker) to whom the album is dedicated.

The two Sequenze and Divertimento #7, #8 and #10 shows Luca’s interest in free improvisation and chromatic music strongly influenced by the saxophonist and educator Dave Liebman.

Naima is a jazz tune Luca has always loved since he first listened to a version live by Coltrane with an inspiring bass clarinet solo by Dolphy.

The album, MCPS Licensed, has been produced by Luca Luciano and Gianni Varone who is also responsible for the distribution and selling of the Digidesign equipments in Italy. The album is available to the public on the dedicated web-page www.clarinetalbum.cjb.net, on Ebay, mp3s downloads on Sound Click (www.soundclick/lucaluciano), on My Space (www.myspace.com/lucaluciano) in exclusive at the clarinet specialist Howarth Clarinets Marylebone London and very soon in Italy and Brazil.

A series of free-entry lunchtime recitals will be held in London to promote the album and the compositions and you are most welcome to attend to listen to the music live and meet Luca Luciano in person.

The "Luciano Clarinet Trio" will be performing:

- February 28th 2008, at "St Mary le Bow" London EC2V 6AU, from 1.05pm;

- March 5th 2008, at "St Andrew's Holborn" London EC4A from 1pm;

- April 26th 2008, at "St Alfege" Greenwich, Church St, London SE10, from 1.10pm;

- May 19th 2008, at the "All Saints' Church" Kingston KT1 1JP, from 1.15pm;

- June 13th 2008, at "St Brides" Fleet Street, London EC4Y (free entry) from 1.15pm

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Partenope Productions) Press Releases Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:46:56 -0600