Artist biography Luciano Nakata "Curumin" Albuquerque
Luciano Nakata Albuquerque, born in Brazil to Spanish/Japanese parents, early on earned the moniker Curumin, a term used in Brazil to designate indigenous children.
Curumin started his artistic career as a musician by the age of 8 and, since then, he has lived within the Sao Paulo Samba and Funk scenes. At the age of 14 he was already a prestigious drummer, playing in the hottest live music clubs.
Curumin has played drums with famous Brazilian acts such as Arnaldo Antunes, Vanessa da Mata, Paula Lima, Andre Abujamra, Otto and CeU.
In 1990's Curumin also was the drummer of a local band called Banda Toca, playing with guitarist, producer and engineer Gustavo Lenza, which would prove to be the blueprint for "Achados e Perdidos", Curumin first solo album.
In 2003 Curumin and Lenza produced Curumin's first solo album - "Achados e Perdidos". This album was released in Brazil on the label YB Music.
In 2005 "Achados e Perdidos" is released in the USA on the San Francisco label Quannum Projects. The album was critically acclaimed in both Countries, resulting in Tours passing through several Brazilian and American cities.
The song "Guerreiro" was featured in a Nike commercial aired during the FIFA World Cup 2006. Most recently, this same song appears on a Miller Beer TV ad. "Guerreiro" also appears representing Brazil in the soundtrack of the game FIFA Street II.
The song "Tudo Bem Malandro" was chosen by actress Natalie Portman to be part of an iTunes' compilation made for the anti-poverty organization FINCA.
In 2008 Curumin teams up with Gustavo Lenza again for the production of his second album entitled "JapanPopShow", featuring guest appearances of artists like Blackalicious, Tommy Gurrero, General Electric, Turbo Trio and Coletivo Instituto.
"JapanPopShow" has been released in Brazil on YB Music and it is about to be released in the USA on October 2008 on Quannum Projects.
Since the debut of his solo career, Curumin has toured around the World, performing in prestigious festivals such as the CMJ in New York City, Festival Tropicalia in London, Chicago World Music Festival, Festival Humaita Pra Peixe in Rio de Janeiro, Festival RecBeat in Recife, Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco and the South by Southwest in Austin.