About Luis

Luis Paschoa, a Wilmington, NC resident, was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and moved to the United States in 1993. His passion for music began when he was five. Listening to his mother playing classical piano, Luis stared at the ceiling envisioning himself on the stage. “The smooth notes my mom plays come from heaven and go straight into my heart!”

Luis began to play guitar and bass after listening to the Beatles and bossa nova music from Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto. He credits the pop star Rod Stewart and the late rock singer Jim Morrison as a major influence on his singing. The recordings of jazz icon Dave Brubeck and rock star Paul McCartney inspired his bass lines.Luis Paschoa

Older brother Ronaldo Paschoa was a great guitar teacher to Luis, and the two performed in the band Fragata. He recorded three records in Brazil in the 80s and 90s under new wave and pop rock influences. Luis performed in many concerts and taped television shows in the South of Brazil.

He formed the Brazilian group Bossafinado and performed in many local venues, including the Disney’s Jazz Company. Luis was performing at Café Tutu Tango in 1999 when some artists from Cirque du Soleil came by. “It was amazing!” Luis says. “I was playing my guitar while singing a song “Berimbau” from Baden Powell and Vinicius de Moraes, when I saw exquisite artists performing some Capoeira, authentic Brazilian martial arts.”

Luis played a private party at the home of Benoit Glazer, the trumpeter and musical director of the “La Nouba” show at Orlando’s Cirque du Soleil. Luis brought the Brazilian jazz style to the venue and sang in the band. ”I had a ball by joining them in that living room. There were no parking spaces and we could see people pushing at the door to get in!”

In 2005 and 2006 Luis was promoting Brazilian jazz at the Samba Room with a band called RioVibes. He began to perform for corporate events, upscale restaurants, conventions, weddings.

While in Orlando Luis performed in the active adult community called Solivita. Luis and “The Solivita Jammers” perform for residents and guests every Sunday. His repertoire expanded to include songs of such notable performers as Elton John, the Everly Brothers, Elvis, The Beatles and Frank Sinatra.

Luis PaschoaIn 2010 Luis moved north to Wilmington to advance his career in gerontology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). In 2013, he earned the Master of Science in Applied Gerontology and his certification as an Activity Professional through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP). Luis performs American classics, American standards, Latin, and much more!

Luis currently performs at the Korner Stone Bistro, Ogden Tap Room, Towne Tap & Grill, Dixie Grill and for many private parties and events. Luis also entertains in assisted-care and nursing home communities in the area, including The Davis Community and Adult Day Services. For more information on Luis’ work with assisted care and adult day services, please CLICK HERE.

It is priceless to see the older persons in wheelchairs tapping their feet and singing along,” Luis says. “Music is celestial, and I am very grateful and fortunate for having this reward in my soul.”

Luis is available as a single, duo, trio, and quartet. For bookings, call 407-810-6645 or click on the Contact page on this web site.

Click HERE to download Luis’ brochure detailing his activity/gerontology programs.