Luiz Santos is a virtuoso drummer, percussionist and composer - a unique instrumentalist and arranger. His piano solos are of creative excellence.
Luiz Santos was born in the USA and grew up in a musical household. Both of his Brazilian parents were passionate for music and inspired in Luiz a love for different rhythms. When he started playing drums at the age of 9, Luiz demonstrated talent well beyond his years.
While living in Rio De Janeiro, at age of 13, he started playing drums professionally with older musicians exploring various musical styles. Having developed his own capacity for variety, Luiz started performing with Pop Singers all over Brazil and recording television series for ‘Globo’ Brazilian TV Network playing drums and piano. Then Luiz Santos played with ‘Hermeto Pascoal Group’ with Jovino Santos, Carlos Malta, Itibere Zwarg and Marcio Bahia.
However, Luiz was not content just performing. His growing passion for music propelled him to become self taught instrumentalist and composer using piano, drums, Brazilian drums and percussion.
Luiz started composing and arranging full orchestral pieces, combining typical Jazz sounds with Classical, World percussion, Brazilian percussion and creating unique flavors of music. He also wrote compositions for everything from Jazz to Contemporary Classical, Modern Music to String Quartets.
His main musical influences are Chick Corea, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Peter Erskine, Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Keith Jarrett, Weather Report, Pat Metheny etc...
Luiz did tours in Europe several times when he was invited to play with his own band 'Brazil Fusion' in Zurich, Switzerland, creating a new style since the 80’s that is active till this very day. From there, he performed throughout Europe, lending his talents to a number of musical projects and bands in Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Greece, Luxemburg and Italy.
Recording several CD Projects In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Jazz with afro and modern fusion elements. Performing on drums and piano, mixing Brazilian drumming rhythms, Caribbean, Latin, Afro Cuban, Chamber Music, and Jazz. Performing as a drummer and Brazilian percussion in New York City.
Luiz Santos played in several European Venues like Hamburg Fabrik, Quasimodo Berlin,, Mannheimer Feuerwache, Nefertitti Goteborg, Unterfahrt Munchen, Birdland, Hamburg Fabrik, Atlantis Basel , teatro la scala Torino and so many more.
Luiz Santos is expanding his highly creative percussions and compositions from New York City and beyond the horizon.
American-Brazilian drummer and percussionist Luiz Santos, is expanding his highly creative percussions and compositions from New York City to Worldwide.
Luiz Santos is a catalyst accelerating in full gear. Once again he is tapping into a versatility of unimaginable potential in total creativity. Traveling through Brazilian, Latin, Jazz, Chamber, World, Classical Connecting the past with the futuristic rhythms of Jazz drums, Fusion Funk, Big band, experimental, free style music.
This is a journey through deep brazilian jungles of the past, merging with the cosmopolitan drive of the new milenium.
The art of expressing a variety of Afro-Indian grooves with rhythmic jazz drum artforms which embodies a deep precision in rhythmical counterpoint between the cultures and merging into a modern world concept. From cool jazz to free jazz, samba to maracatu. Many Brazilian rhythms like samba drumming, baiao, frevo, maxixe, xote, carimbo, maracatu drums, afoxe & forro.
All compositions by Luiz Santos