Luiz Morais 'In the Weave'

Album Launch

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Last Show: Sunday 24 th October 2021

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Brazilian composer, arranger and 7-string guitarist Luiz Morais presents his second album 'In the Weave'. At the cutting edge of Brazilian Jazz, this is the work of a rare melodist, drawing from the Brazilian tradition forged by the likes of Tom Jobim, Baden Powell and Moacir Santos whilst weaving new threads and connections to contemporary Jazz. Morais launches in the UK with an 8-piece band comprising the crème de la crème of UK Jazz instrumentalists. Expect intricate arrangements built around the rhythmical force of the Brazilian guitar tradition and thrilling improvisation.


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 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 trombonist and arranger Vittor Santos (The Ipanemas).

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 2013 and now launches his second album 'In the Weave', produced by Vittor Santos and recorded in Rio de Janeiro in March 2021. 

Band Line Up

Gareth Lochrane (flute)
Andrew Woolf (clarinet)
Laura Jurd (trumpet)
Tom White (trombone)
Luiz Morais (7-string guitar)
John Turville (piano)
Micha Mullov-Abbado (bass)
Marius Rodrigues (drums)