Lucas Amorim has developed a varied career as a composer, arranger, and performer making him one of the most sought-after vibraphone players in New York. His debut album “Lucas Amorim: Live In New York City” (2022), is his first step towards reimagining the possibilities of the vibraphone within jazz and Brazilian music idioms.
Lucas began studying drums at the early age of 8. He has been mentored by names such as Latin Grammy Award® winner Edu Ribeiro (Trio Corrente), Kiko Freitas (Joao Bosco), Cleber Almeida (Trio Curupira), Fabio Leal (Hermeto Pascoal) and Beto Correa (Ivan Lins) to name a few.
Originally from Florianopolis, Brazil, Amorim was initiated in Brazilian, Jazz and Classical music at a young age. From 2006-2010 he was involved in different rock/pop groups, appearing regularly on TV and radio programs. In 2008 at the early age of 15 he won 1st place at the “Bateras Blu” Drum Solo Championship, the biggest Drum Set championship in south Brazil. In 2011, Lucas was accepted at the prestigious “Conservatory of Tatui” in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he studied Symphonic Percussion under the guidance of Silvia Helena Zambonini Soares, Agnaldo Silva and Luis Marcos Caldana. While still just a freshman he won 1st place in the institution symphonic percussion championship for best marimba solo catching the attention of his instructors and peers. At the same time he was part of the renowned Symphonic Band and Orchestra of Tatui and has performed across Brazil in important music halls such as “Sala Sao Paulo” Theater. In 2012 he was invited to teach at the “2nd International Music Festival of Amapa”, AP, Brazil at the early age of 19.
In 2015 Lucas was awarded a scholarship and moved to Boston, MA to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. In 2017 Lucas received “The Most Active Mallet Performer Award" for outstanding musicianship. Lucas was also a former Music Tutor at Berklee, teaching theory, harmony and ear training from 2017-2019. He graduated from Berklee in 2019 with a Bachelors of Music in Performance.
In 2019 Lucas obtained a full scholarship to study at the illustrious Manhattan School of Music - Jazz Master’s Program where he studied under the tutelage of vibraphonist Joe Locke. He graduated from MSM on May 2022. During this time he also starts appearing at distinguished New York venues including Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Harlem Stage, Smalls Jazz Club and Birdland both as bandleader and sideman.