Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Luca Kiella!
Luca Kiella Chiellini left all he ever knew when he was 26 years old. With nothing but his suitcase, his keyboard, and the big dream of making his mark in the music industry in the United States. All the way from his home in the countryside of Italy he found his way to Chicago.
Eight years later not only has he made his mark but continues to do so. After touring worldwide in over 50 countries and 4 continents, recording with his band and with Grammy Award winning artists, and even having the pleasure and honor of playing for former President Barak Obama, Luca keeps sharing his story through his music.
Recipient of the prestigious 2019 Blues Music Awards with the Welch Ledbetter Connection, Luca Kiella delivers high-energy performances combining funk, soul, and blues with New Orleans grooves. A piano and Hammond Organ virtuoso, Luca Kiella showcases his vivid and intense songwriting, strong vocals and unique musical and personal heritage.
Luca Kiella launched his solo career in 2019 releasing his debut Ep “Figure It Out”. The diverse and upbeat album was well received worldwide by critics, radios, and fans, securing him spots in established venues and festivals nationally and internationally.
The new album “Ready For You” is set for release on October 22nd, 2021, on Cypress Road Productions. The new work features 12 original songs showcasing fresh and unapologetic songwriting with stories about love, heartache, hardships, and today’s society.
Luca Kiella features in the new record one of Chicago’s finest rhythm sections and powerful horns lead by Bonerama’s trombonist Mark Mullins, recorded at New Orleans’ historic Esplanade Studios.“Ready For You” presents a diverse and mature sound showcasing visceral songwriting, tight grooves, and an expertise on the piano and Hammond Organ that touches the feelings of any blues, funk, and soul lover.
In 2018 Kiella founded and hosted the “Chicago Blues Piano Contest”, the first talent contest honoring and preserving the tradition of the prestigious piano style from Chicago. Amid the judges were Erwin Helfer, Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy), and Sumito Ariyo Ariyoshi (Billy Branch and SOB).
He performs regularly at the NAMM Show (the largest music product trade show in the world), showcasing instruments for the prestigious brands he endorses: Mogami Cable, Radial Engineering, Gator Cases, Hammond USA, Westone Audio and Lounsberry Pedals.