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."
- "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)