Raised in the multiethnic milieu of the former Yugoslavia, Luti grew up immersed in diverse European folk music, some of it in peculiar time signatures, such as 7/8. This influence, combined with exposure to melodic rock and classical music helped forge Luti’s eclectic music style. Luti arrived in the U.S. in 1988 to pursue higher education, just as his home country slowly collapsed into a civil war, leaving an indelible imprint on Luti’s artistic impulse. One of the outcomes of these days of agony is Across the Ocean, which brought Luti forward as a December 2008 finalist in VH1’s international contest Song of the Year.
In southeastern Michigan, Luti performs solo or with other local artists. Both Luti’s solo albums – “Half a Century Later” and the recently released “Whistleblower” – are filled with emotion. The arrangements feature harmonious vocals, intricate guitar work and sophisticated percussion, bringing to American folk tradition the subtle rhythms and sounds of Eastern European and Middle Eastern folk music. As you listen to the tunes, you will often recognize strong emphasis on social themes. Both albums are available from a variety of streaming services and as hard copies from CDBaby.com.