The Luce Trio is Jon De Lucia’s baroque inspired group featuring guitarist Ryan Ferreira and bassist Chris Tordini. They perform pieces by JS Bach, GF Handel, John Dowland and more along with Jon’s original compositions.
The group recorded their first CD in November, at the St. Ann and The Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights. Since then they have performed live on WQXR’s Bach Lounge at the Greene Space, been played on numerous radio stations worldwide, and are slated to perform at the 2013 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.
“This music, so finely created by Messrs. De Lucia, Ferreira and Tordini, shines with intelligence and spirit.”
-Richard Kamins, Step Tempest (full review: Step Tempest)
“De Lucia imbues solemn austere music with a candle’s flickering warmth.”
-thebirdistheworm.com (full review: Bird is the Worm)
“An incredibly beautiful and interesting take on early music: alto sax, Sruti box, electric guitar, and bass. It’s serene, reflective, and full of space.”
-Something Else Reviews (Luce Trio made top albums of the year: Something Else)
“Brooklyn saxophonist and composer Jon De Lucia, guitarist Ryan Ferreira and bassist Chris Tordini interpret Baroque and early-music pieces in a fluid chamber-jazz format. The results are downright magical.”
-Timeout NY (plus a feature in print as top 5 things to do for the week of January 24, 2013: Scanned Page here:
“De Lucia’s alto has a lovely gentleness and liquid tone that is well matched by Ryan’s subtly adventurous line-cluster creating/part rendering and Tordini’s matter-of-fact yet essential lower end. It’s music that will wow you little-by-little. The music moves and so you are moved. A beautiful disk!”
-Gapplegate Music Review (full review: Gapplegate)
Official Press Release for Pieces, Vol. 1 (PDF)
Luce Trio High Res Press Photo (credit: Richard Bergeron)
Christopher Tordini is an in-demand bassist in the NYC music scene. In addition to Jon De Lucia’s Luce Trio, he currently plays with the Becca Stevens Band, Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory, Tyshawn Sorey’s Oblique, the Michael Dessen Trio and Ilusha Tsinadze’s Mother Tongue. His own band, Tiger Blood, plays at various venues around New York. Christopher also co-leads the I.E. trio with Michael Pinto and Tommy Crane.
Ryan Ferreira is a guitarist involved with a diverse group of musicians in NYC. He has played with Alarm Will Sound, Aaron Parks, So Percussion, Cuong Vu, Antibalas, Jerseyband, American Contemporary Ensemble, Ralph Alessi, John Shannon, Bell, Superhuman Happiness, Qasim Naqvi’s Progressive Youth Club and Frantz Loriot. Ryan currently has duo projects with Carlo Costa, Garth Stevenson (5707), Loren Stillman (Elderflower), Joachim Badenhorst, Chris Dingman and Red Wierenga. Recently he completed the score for a short documentary, has been performing solo for yoga classes and has been working on the release of a few solo records.
Jon De Lucia is a Brooklyn based saxophonist and composer. Originally from Quincy, MA, Jon has become an integral part of the New York scene. Predominantly a student of jazz, he also has a deep interest in the folkloric music and instruments of Cuba, Japan, Ireland and Italy, having performed on a variety of ethnic flutes, drums and stringed instruments. Jon has led his groups and played as a sideman in Boston, New York and all over Japan with such musicians as Tommy Crane, David Tronzo, Bob Moses, Bob Gullotti, John Lockwood and Thomas Morgan among others. He leads the Jon De Lucia Group, and the baroque improvising Luce Trio. He continues to compose, perform and teach privately in New York City.
A short video describing the project: