Luca "Kiella" Chiellini for sure doesn't like the idea of boring and his curiosity and determination brought him around the world performing for thousands of people, winning awards, recording albums as a sideman and under his own name, founding businesses and music contests, and so much more.
2019 Blues Music Awards winning artist, Luca is based in Chicago but he surely doesn't forget his origins and splits his time and work between his motherland Italy and his country of adoption, the USA. Over the years he has toured worldwide in over 50 countries and 4 continents with top names in the blues, soul and funk music, he recorded and performed with Grammy Award winning artists and he even had the honor of performing for President Barack Obama in 2016.
Entrepreneur and multifaceted artist touching most genres of music, Luca now focuses his career on his band "Luca Kiella" and on his production company Cypress Road Productions,LLC.
CYPRESS ROAD PRODUCTIONS
Born and raised in Tuscany at the address Via Del Cipresso ("Cypress Road"), there was only one possible name for his production company.
Luca Chiellini founded "Cypress Road Productions" to create original music for television, motion picture, video games, advertising campaigns.
He collaborates internationally with composers and producers.
FIGURE IT OUT
High energy performances with blues that’s infused with soul, funk and a bit of that New Orleans groove! Add strong vocals, intense songwriting, and a unique musical and personal heritage: this is Luca Kiella’s show.
Luca Kiella released his EP “Figure It Out” in April 2019, putting his name on the map of the American Blues scene as a solo artist, showcasing his songwriting and vocal skills, together with his abilities as a Piano and Hammond Organ virtuoso. The diverse and upbeat album was well received worldwide by critics, radios and blues experts, securing him spots in established venues and festivals internationally.
FREELANCE TOURING WORK
Moving to Chicago in 2013 and making a name for himself as one of the premier keyboard players in the circuit, Kiella has toured internationally with major contemporary Blues, Roots and Funk acts such as Welch-Ledbetter Connection, Toronzo Cannon, Jamiah Rogers, Popa Chubby, Honey Island Swamp Band, Grammy award-winning artists Billy Flynn and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, and many more.
Over the years, Kiella has appeared on major TV and Radio networks:
ABC, WGN TV, FOX 32, "The U", WXRT Radio, Sirius XM.
He also performed at some of the most prestigious blues and music festivals in the world:
- New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
- Chicago Blues Festival
- Big Blues Bender
- Legendary R&B Cruise
- Joe Bonamassa KTBA Cruise
- European Blues Cruise
- Montana Folk Festival
- Curacao Blues Festival (Nederland Antilles)
- Tampa Bay Blues Festival
- Philadelphia Folk Festival
- White Mountains Blues and Boogie Festival
- Festival International du Blues de Mont Tremblant (CAN)
- Windsor Blues Fest (CAN)
- Calgary International Blues Festival (CAN)
- Jazz a Vienne and Cahors Blues (FR)
- Cazorla and Bejar Blues Festivals (SP)
- Jimiway Festival (PL)
- Heineken Jammin’ Festival, Pistoia Blues Festival (IT).
Luca Kiella had the pleasure of performing with Buddy Guy, Sinead O'Connor, Toronzo Cannon, Popa Chubby, The Welch-Ledbetter Connection, Curtis Salgado, Vanessa Collier, Honey Island Swamp Band, Matt Schofield, Victor Wainwright, Lurrie Bell, The Kinsey Report, Deitra Farr, Lil' Ed, Matthew Skoller, Carl Weathersby, Joanna Connor, Debbie Davis, Norah Jean Bruso, Wayne Baker Brooks, Big James and the Chicago Playboys, Jamiah Rogers, among others.
Kiella had the honor of sharing the stage with BB King, Booker T and the MG’s, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Doyle Bramhall II, Bobby Rush, Blues Traveler, Bob Weir, Shemekia Copeland, Robert Randolph, Butch Trucks, John Hammond, Betty Wright, Latimore, C.J. Chenier, Terrence Simien, Sonny Landreth, Joe Louis Walker, Foghat, The Sheepdogs, Samantha Fish, Millie Jackson, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rick Estrin, Vasco Rossi, Elio e le Storie Tese, among others.
Kiella founded in 2018 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).