About me

 I am an Argentine singer, performer, teacher and composer based in Basel, Switzerland where I study a MA in Jazz Performance at the Jazzcampus - FHNW Musik Akademie Basel. Despite I have studied jazz for so many years, I also love Argentinian folklore and improvised and experimental music. I am interested in the relation between politics and aesthetics, that's why I have also studied theory of art in my beloved University of Buenos Aires and I became a Professor of arts. I used to teach in schools and write about Argentine contemporary theater and cinema in a specialized website because I like to reflex about art theory, praxis and its relation with society. I composed music for some theater pieces as well and it's something that I enjoy very much and hope to continue exploring. My current work in theater is the music of Suyay, a play by Pilar Ruiz (Buenos Aires 2020-2021).

  I have leaded some music projects like Luciana Morelli quintet (2012-2015) that was my first project as vocalist and composer with whom I recorded my first album, "Mandala" (2014) of jazz standards and own compositions. It was formed by Martin Ameconi/Ernesto Amstein (p), Diego Uriarte (sx), Santiago Lamisovski (b) and Guillermo Harriague (d) with the special participation of Juan Filipelli (g). The group won the contest "Música en Bares Notables de Buenos Aires 2015” and participated in the International Jazz Festival of Buenos Aires in 2015.

 Jazz at the movies (2015-2019), is audiovisual show of jazz and cinema. A jazz quartet completed by Ernesto Amstein (p), Nacho Szulga (b) and Pedro Ahets Etcheberry (d) plays original arrangements of jazz standards that has been part of the BSO of classic and modern movies with background videos and images that has been specially edited for the show by Jazmín Nogueira and Sabrina Caruzo. We had a steady gig since 2016 in one of the most prestigious jazz clubs in the city of Buenos Aires, the Bebop Club. “Jazz at the movies” has participated in "Jazzología", a famous weekly meeting with more than 30 years old at the General San Martín Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, and won the contest "Music in Notable Bars of Buenos Aires city" in 2018. In December of 2017 JATM toured different cultural centers and theaters of the province of Buenos Aires, including the Spanish Theater of the city of Azul . We have had great guest musicians like Mariano Loiácono (trumpet), Andrés Hayes (sax) from Argentina, Lukas Kohler (trumpet), Philipp Hillebrand (clarinet) from Switzerland and Kate Ortega (vibraphone) from Colombia.

 

  Currently, I lead Luciana Morelli group with a new album on the way! In this group I explore my argentine roots and its connection with jazz and improvised music. The group is formed by Philipp Hillebrand (clarinets), Mauricio Silva Orendain (piano), Sebastián de Urquiza (doublebass) and Paulo Almeida (drums). It's a very unique group, made from people from different countries with a lot of experience, different cultural backgrounds and strong musical personalities.

   Our recent recording, "Lo abismal, el agua", is made of my own compositions and arrangements and it's going to be released in 2021. The title of the album references to an ideogram of the "I-ching, the book of mutations" and the compositions were inspired by travels, paintings, old photographs, dreams and different experiences related with migration and with my connection with nature.

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