CDs recorded in the United States
“NEW CHORINHOS FROM BRAZIL” – A CD with 10 original chorinhos which received great reviews in Keyboard Magazine and in several music websites. Some of Luiz Simas’ chorinhos are more traditional in style, while others are quite modern and adventurous.
“RECIPE FOR RHYTHM” – A CD with Luiz Simas’ original compositions written in partnership with American lyricist Ellen Schwartz. Luiz is the lead singer and plays piano and keyboards accompanied by a large ensemble of exceptional musicians such as Romero Lubambo, Sérgio Brandão, Ricky Sebastian, Urban Sanchez, and many others. The songs feature wonderful lyrics in English and Portuguese with beautiful melodies and harmonies, and Brazilian rhythms with a jazzy flavor.
“IMPROMPTU” – A CD of piano improvisations.
“LUIZ SIMAS LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY” – Recorded live with his quartet (Luiz Simas – piano, Steve Kowarsky – bassoon, Barbara Blonska – flute, Jorge Amorim – percussion) at an April 2003 concert at the Consulate of Poland in New York. This CD features Brazilian classical and popular music, and includes compositions by Nazareth, Jobim, Villa-Lobos, Simas, Jacob do Bandolim, Zequinha Abreu, plus an original Brazilian style arrangement of Vincent Youmans’ “Tea for Two”.
“CAFUNÉ” – Luiz Simas’ newest CD, with 13 original songs with lyrics in Portuguese. Luiz composed all the music, wrote all the lyrics (except for the lyrics for “Apareci por Aqui”, written by Silvio Ferreira Leite) and all the arrangements. Featuring Luiz on lead vocals and piano, plus many great Brazilian and American musicians (click here for complete list of musicians). Recorded mostly in the USA; Parts of some tracks were recorded in Brazil. Released in Brazil and in the USA. Includes a booklet with all the lyrics (the USA version includes also the lyrics translations)