“The Lucini brothers are the nexus of a growing Latin jazz scene in Washington... spreading the rhythmic gospel of their homeland.” - The Washington Post

The dynamic trio Origem - Leonardo Lucini on bass, Aljeandro Lucini on drums and Bruno Lucini on percussion - has been bring awareness of their native Brazilian culture through music for more than 15 years. These brothers from Rio often compose their own original pieces that mix jazz, funk, and rock with such traditional styles as Samba, Bossa Nova, Forro, Afoxe and Maracatu from the Southeast and Northeast regions of Brazil, creating a unique blend like no other.

Origem is frequently joined by other awarded and internationally recognized musicians, (Frederico Pena, Gregoire Marett, Benito Gonzales, Alex Brown, Alex Han, Vince Evans, Leo Gandelman, Raul Mascarenhas, Dan Reynolds, Peter Fraize, among others) often bringing in keyboards and brass to compliment the trio, such as on beautiful pieces like "Reflections" (composed by Leonardo Lucini).

They have perform in many local and national music festivals and venues such as The Kennedy Center, The Sculpture Gardens at the National Galley of Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Blues Alley Jazz Club, The Carter Baron Amphitheater, The Rosslyn Jazz Festival, Lake Anne Jazz Festival, Taste of DC Festival, Montgomery College World Arts Festival among others. Origem frequently entertains sold out crowds at jazz clubs in the D.C. area.

Origem was awarded a grant by DC. Arts Commission in 1998 to record its first album IJEXA. Alejandro and Leonardo Lucini have been nominated for Best Latin Musicician by The Washington Area Music Association.

Website: http://www.reverbnation.com/origem
Links:  www.myspace.com/leonardolucini | www.myspace.com/origemband

Origem Band