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Brazilian 7-string guitarist, composer and arranger Luiz Morais is a unique voice in contemporary Brazilian Jazz guitar and a virtuoso performer. Based in London since 2010, he leads the Luiz Morais Sextet, forging ahead in creating an innovative and experimental rebirth of the Brazilian musical tradition in a wider landscape of jazz and world music.

Born in Fortaleza in the North-East of Brazil, immersed in vibrant Brazilian musical culture, Luiz Morais built his musical foundations playing rhythms such as Samba, Choro and Bossa Nova as well as the iconic North Eastern rhythm of Forró.

Graduated in Brazilian Popular Music from the University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) in 2010, and completing his MA at Berklee College of Music in 2015, Luiz can count among his teachers great masters of Brazilian guitar such as Mauricio Carrilho and Luis Otávio Braga as well as master Jazz saxophonist Perico Sambeat. Ever deepening his study of arrangement and composition, he is currently a student of the revered Brazilian arranger Vittor Santos.

Luiz has a wide scope of musical influences, ranging from the musical greats of the popular Brazilian tradition such as Tom Jobim, Pixinguinha, Moacir Santos, Edu Lobo, Hermeto Pascoal and Guinga as well as Jazz masters Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery.

Based in London since 2010, Luiz Morais launched his first album ‘Nascente’ to critical acclaim in the UK, Brazil and Spain. ‘Nascente’ is a predominately instrumental work that unites a wide range of flavours and influences, combining the most powerful rhythmic roots of Brazilian popular music with the freshness and harmonic sophistication of jazz. These elements are markedly present in the arrangements, all written by Morais himself, resulting in an exuberant, fine and original sound.

Gathering the best Brazilian Jazz instrumentalists working in the London scene, Morais leads the Luiz Morais Sextet, presenting electrifying performances in top London venues such as Pizza Express Live, 606 Club and Crazy Coqs as well as playing in various projects all over the UK and beyond, with Choro Alvorada, the Adriano Adewale Group and the Luna Cohen Quartet, amongst others.

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Brazilian 7-string guitarist, composer and arranger Luiz Morais is a unique voice in contemporary Brazilian Jazz guitar and a virtuoso performer. Based in London since 2010, he leads the Luiz Morais Sextet, forging ahead in creating an innovative and experimental rebirth of the Brazilian musical tradition in a wider landscape of jazz and world music.

Born in Fortaleza in the North-East of Brazil, immersed in vibrant Brazilian musical culture, Luiz Morais built his musical foundations playing rhythms such as Samba, Choro and Bossa Nova as well as the iconic North Eastern rhythm of Forró.

Graduated in Brazilian Popular Music from the University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) in 2010, and completing his MA at Berklee College of Music in 2015, Luiz can count among his teachers great masters of Brazilian guitar such as Mauricio Carrilho and Luis Otávio Braga as well as master Jazz saxophonist Perico Sambeat. Ever deepening his study of arrangement and composition, he is currently a student of the revered Brazilian arranger Vittor Santos.

Luiz has a wide scope of musical influences, ranging from the musical greats of the popular Brazilian tradition such as Tom Jobim, Pixinguinha, Moacir Santos, Edu Lobo, Hermeto Pascoal and Guinga as well as Jazz masters Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery.

Based in London since 2010, Luiz Morais launched his first album ‘Nascente’ to critical acclaim in the UK, Brazil and Spain. ‘Nascente’ is a predominately instrumental work that unites a wide range of flavours and influences, combining the most powerful rhythmic roots of Brazilian popular music with the freshness and harmonic sophistication of jazz. These elements are markedly present in the arrangements, all written by Morais himself, resulting in an exuberant, fine and original sound.

Gathering the best Brazilian Jazz instrumentalists working in the London scene, Morais leads the Luiz Morais Sextet, presenting electrifying performances in top London venues such as Pizza Express Live, 606 Club and Crazy Coqs as well as playing in various projects all over the UK and beyond, with Choro Alvorada, the Adriano Adewale Group and the Luna Cohen Quartet, amongst others.