With roots in Buenos Aires and a home base in Brooklyn, Juana Luna is a cantora, composer and community artist. Her musical style navigates traditional Argentinian music as well as world music, boleros and jazz, among other styles. Her songs and compositions have been commissioned by Berklee Press and Carnegie Hall. Luna’s single “Los Verdes” was named Best Latin Song at the 17th IMA Awards. Her single “Vou” and her debut EP were also nominated for an IMA Award in 2019.
Luna’s performances include a 2022 stint at Carnegie Hall as a lead cast member in Camille's Rainbow, an immersive, experimental opera for babies and toddlers.That same year, Luna was invited to perform her original music at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as the celebrated the launch of the David Geffen Hall (The Music Box).
Luna graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2013 with a bachelor’s in Contemporary Writing and Production. Soon after, she moved to Brooklyn, NY, where she still lives, surrounded by a community of friends and musicians with whom she loves to make music.
In 2023, she will release the first single off her new album “Songs in Black and White,” the culmination of two years of production and songwriting. The full-length album is a letter to wayward dreamers everywhere — including her own grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers. The 10 songs create a nostalgic soundscape with musical hues from both past and present, coming together to tell the stories of those who are driven by passion, visions, and most of all, by love. “Canciones en Blanco y Negro” (Songs in Black and White) is supported by funds from the Brooklyn Arts Council.
Over the last decade, Luna has performed both original compositions and fresh interpretations of traditional Argentinian folk music in venues around the world, including the Bohemian National Hall and The Lincoln Center Atrium (in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra) in New York City and the Borges 1975 Jazz Club and Café Vinilo in Buenos Aires.
Her vast experience singing and composing music for the young ones has brought her to be part of the team of “Big Note Little Note” at Carnegie Hall. She is also part of “The Lullaby Project”, from the same institution, where she explores the power of this ancient type of song, together with other artists and families around the world.
Luna is both a performing and a teaching artist. In the latter role, she regularly collaborates with El Puente, a South Williamsburg community human rights organization. El Puente is dedicated to promoting peace and justice through creating music and arts activities to engage community members and encourage leadership. Her partnership with the organization has included multiple performances and leading songwriting sessions in collaboration with National Sawdust as part of the CoLab Project. She has also taken part in musical initiatives with The People’s Bus, Emancipated Stories, El Taller Latinoamericano, and UnLocal, among other organizations.
“With roots in Buenos Aires and a home base in Brooklyn, Juana Luna is a driven, passionate, and charismatic songwriter who knows a thing or two about crafting powerful lyrics and amazing melodies, as well as interpreting classic South American styles.
(…) Luna’s sound is very direct and energetic, yet intimate and emotional”
The Journal of Roots Music NO DEPRESSION Magazine
“Today when so many artists are producing homogeneous music, it is refreshing to hear something like Luna, a performer who embraces her traditional roots. She boasts an innovative and unique cultural flair, blurring the lines between genres.”
THE JAZZ CORNER