Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucas Longaresi.
Lucas, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m a guitarist from São Paulo (Brazil) based in Los Angeles since 2017.
My very first interaction with music was as a listener, and that’s I got passionate and obsessed about it. I started playing guitar when I was ten years old and it didn’t take me too long to start taking it a little bit more serious. My parents were a big influence (and they still are). They are all the time listening to all kinds of music, and I was very lucky to have their support.
After finishing my bachelor’s degree in music, I had the chance to release my first EP in 2016 tittle “A Oferenda”. Right after that, I found i needed to study more deeply jazz music, so I decided to get Master’s degree in jazz guitar at California Institute of the Arts, which I just graduated.
I also just finished recording my album, which I’m very excited to release. It is still untitled and still have a lot to work on, but will be released soon.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being a musician is never easy. Also being from a different country, dealing constantly with different culture and language, being away from family, it makes things a bit harder. But totally worth it, and I always try to face the struggles as a learning experience.
Tell us about more about the business.
The best way I can express myself is with music, where I find myself vulnerable, as in the moment as possible, without thinking about the best way to say something. The music I compose and play features improvisation and, in a jazz and Brazilian music fusion. I love being an educator as well, having the chance to share music, knowledge and experiences. I believe teaching is always a two-way road, and I’m always learning from every teaching experience.
I’m always listening to music and always doing my best to learn from it, always trying to be open to new possibilities in music.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My parents, for their endless support; my teachers and mentors from CalArts Larry Koonse, Miroslav Tadic, David Roitstein, Darek Oles, Paul Novros, Randy Gloss, Joe LaBarbera and Steve Lehman; my guitar teachers from Brazil Pedro Ramos, Nelson Faria, Marcelo Gomes and Marcio Galhardo, all of my friends I met so far here in LA and all my friends and family from Brazil.
- Website: www.lucaslongaresimusic.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucaslongaresi/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucasLongaresi
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/lucaslongaresi
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/LongaresiLucas
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