Luna Monti – a singer with a wonderful voice and enormous charisma
Maria Soledad Lucas, known artistically as Luna Monti, is a singer of immense talent, with a wonderful voice and enormous charisma. Her mother was born in the province of San Luis. She moved to Buenos Aires at 19 and married a young widower with four children shortly thereafter.
This mother was a fantastic non-professional singer who dedicated herself to raising her seven children. She sang songs of her homeland, like Cuecas, Tonadas, and Gatos Cuyanos, while cooking or cleaning, at gatherings, and during informal jam sessions at her home.
Her sixth daughter, Maria Soledad, or Luna Monti was born on August 24, 1976, in Ciudad Evita, in Greater Buenos Aires. She learned to sing and play the guitar with her Cuban mother and tango-playing father.
I first met Luna at the age of 35 at her house in Ciudad Evita in January 2011 when I interviewed her husband Juan Quintero, an extraordinary composer, guitarist, and singer.
Luna and Juan met in 1999 through Raul Carnota, who produced Luna’s first album when she was 23. Since then, Luna and Juan performed as a duo and developed a highly innovative repertoire. Among other collaborative works, they recorded a beautiful compact disc called “El matecito de las siete.”
In 2012, WDR radio in Cologne, Germany, for which I was then working, invited Juan and Luna for a concert tour in Germany, where I met and accompanied them again, along with their little daughter Violeta.
Recently, I finally saw Luna Monti again at her home in Buenos Aires. Luna had experienced many changes in these ten years: separation from her husband Juan Quintero, the pandemic, and Luna’s need to step away from the stage as a singer. Instead, she devoted herself with great enthusiasm to vocal workshops and choral direction.
In our conversation, Luna told me about her beginnings, how she would accompany her mother and younger sister on the guitar while they washed dishes. She spoke of the informal gatherings and jam sessions when young Luna did not want to go to sleep because she loved listening to great singers and musician friends like Alfredo Abalos and Argentino Luna, who came to play at her house. She shared how she was supported by singer-songwriter, guitarist, and composer Raúl Carnota, an emblematic figure of Argentine folklore, who encouraged her to continue developing her own style and repertoire with Juan Quintero.