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THE LATEST NEWS:  4/1/14: The brand new CD/DVD entitled "3/4" (Trio/Quartet) is almost finished. 8 songs performed either as a trio (with Dan Zimmerman on guitars and Brendan Statom on acoustic bass) or as a quartet (with the addition of Jonathan Dane on trumpet).  The recording was filmed by 805 Productions and will be released in a DVD format. We are very, very exited about the results of this, the first recording with my new group!!!

Meanwhile, production of an "all vocals"  CD has started.  14 tracks (6 previously released), in collaboration with 5 singers and  3 coauthors.  Claudia Acuña (Chile), Magos Herrera (México), Lois Mahalia (Guyana) and Téka Penteriche (Brazil) are some of the participant vocalists, plus Jaime Gamboa (Costa Rica), Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy(Nicaragua), Rómulo Castro (Panamá) and 2013 Costa Rican National Poetry award winner Osvaldo Sauma will be part of the "VOZ" CD, also to be released soon!!!!

I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the “Belle Foundation for Cultural Development” for the Individual Grant that they so graciously granted me today.  It will be a big help in making both my Trio/Quartet recording and my “All Vocals” CD project a reality.   I am proud of this recognition and encouraged to continue to pursuit my artistic vision.  Thank you! 

MORE GREAT NEWS ABOUT MY "LUZ" CD AS A NEW YEAR BEGINS:

****"TOP 5 CDs of The Year" Felix Contreras, NPR Jazz***

****"TOP 10 CDs OF THE YEAR" AND "BEST LATIN JAZZ CD OF THE YEAR" Mike West, Washington City Paper, JazzTimes Magazine***

***"BEST LATIN JAZZ CD OF THE YEAR" W Royal Stokes, Jazz Journalists Association*** 

 UPCOMING SHOWS:  

Friday April 4, from 8:30 to 10:30, at Reds in Santa Barbara.211 Helena St. Santa barbara, CA 93101 Ph: (805) 966-5906

 Friday April 18, from 6:30 to 8:30, at Reds in Santa Barbara. 211 Helena St. Santa barbara, CA 93101 Ph: (805) 966-5906

 Tuesday, April 29 AND wednesday, April 30, we will be opening the new concert series at "The Blue Agave" in Santa Barbara.  Tuesday with my trio (Dan Zimmerman on guitars, Brendan Statom on acoustic bass, and Wednesday with my quartet, adding Jonathan Dane on trumpet).  It is a great venue, with a very cozy upstairs room, and the food is delicious.  Dinner set is at 7:30 sharp, second set at 9:00 PM.   Address: 20 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.  Phone:(805) 899-4694  FREE SHOW!!

 Thursday, May 8th we will be at The Marquee in Santa Barbara, from 8 to 11:00 PM. 1212 State St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101. (805) 560-0100.  FREE SHOW

Sunday, May 18th, from 1 to 4:00 PM, The Luis Muñoz Quartet live at Soho in Santa Barbara, presented by The Santa Barbara Jazz Society. Soho: 1221 State St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Ph: (805) 962-7776.  For more info: http://www.sbjazz.org

 

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"LUZ" CD AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE NOW!!

"LUZ", the new CD by Costa Rican composer Luis Muñoz,(two time ACAM Award Winner-Jazz Composer of the Year 2006 & 2011),is available everywhere now. The CD features Trumpeter Jonathan Dane, pianists George Friedenthal and Adam Asarnow, guitarrist Chris Judge and singers Téka Penteriche and Magos Herrera. It has been released on the Pelin Music Label. Please continue to visit us for the latest on Luis Muñoz!   Cheers!

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Photography: Yvan Morin.  Art: "Virgin of Santa Fe" by Elaine LeVasseur

Luis Muñoz

Luis Muñoz, composer, arranger,producer and percussionist, was born in San José, Costa Rica. In 1972 Luis entered the University of Costa Rica and the National Music Conservatory, where he studied both Architecture and Music. In 1974 Luis completed his degree in music composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara, under the tutelage of renowned British composer Peter Fricker. Luis Muñoz has written music for documentaries, animation films, dance and theater, and has performed in some of the best Jazz festivals and venues in the world.

In 1988 he signed with CBS Records and recorded "LA VERDAD". In 1996, Fahrenheit Records "THE FRUIT OF EDEN", marked Muñoz's U. S. recording debut. In 1998, Muñoz released "COMPASSION", continuing to evolve as an innovative force in instrumental music.

In 2004 Muñoz released "VIDA" which received the acclaim of the music media worldwide: 4 stars by DownBeat magazine , "Best Latin Jazz CD of the Year" by Jazzreview.com, "A truly Monumental Work" by Americas Magazine, "A Masterpiece" by Mark Holston /Hispanic Magazine, "One of the 10 best recordings of the year" by Latin Jazz Network. In 2006 Mr. Muñoz was given an ACAM award in Costa Rica, for Jazz Composer/Producer of the year.

In 2007 Mr. Muñoz released "Of Soul and Shadow", a recording that explores his Central American roots through the idioms of Costa Rican folklore, classical music and jazz. "Of Soul and Shadow" features the collaborative efforts of over 25 musicians, including special guests Adolfo Acosta (Tower of Power) on trumpet; chromatic harmonica player Ron Kalina; trombone player Ira Nepus (Diana Krall); and New York sensation Dave Binney on alto sax.

Luis Muñoz returned in 2010 with “Invisible”, receiving once again the acclaim of the music media worldwide (Top 10 Jazz CDs of the Year by JazzChicago.net). In 2011, Luis participates in a TED conference and wins his second ACAM award for "Jazz Composer of the Year" by the Costa Rican Association of Musical Authors and Composers.

On January 15, 2013, Luis Muñoz released a new album, entitled “LUZ”, featuring vocalists Magos Herrera from México and Téka Penteriche from Brazil. Once again, the world media offers full support to the project ( "Top 5 CDs of the Year" by Felix Contreras, NPR. "Best Latin CD of the Year" by W Royal Stokes, National Jazz Journalists Association, and Mike West, JazzTimes Magazine. "Top 25 Latin Jazz CDs of the Year" by the 8th Annual Jazz Critics Poll).  With this new project, Luis Muñoz will confirm his place as a music visionary, and as one of the today’s most sensitive, melodic and talented Jazz composers.