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I've been  nominated (for the 3rd time) for an ACAM Award, for Jazz Composer/Producer of the Year, with my "LUZ" CD, in Costa Rica. ( I was lucky to win the first two times ).  

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! 


****"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*** 

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"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!


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

"A horn of plenty, indeed...Argentina is a gorgeous, heartbreaking tango-esque theme that has all the earmarks of a future standard...an overall impressive and frequently fiery album..."

On his sweeping, eclectic Farenheit Records debut The Fruit of Eden, Costa Rican-born veteran composer/percussionist/drummer Luis Munoz draws upon his rich Latin music heritage, a formal classical education, and an intense interest in American jazz to create a colorful pastiche where melody easily crosses all rhythmic and cultural lines. Co-produced by Dominic Camardella (who has helmed projects for Maynard FergusonOttmar Liebert, and Willie & Lobo), The Fruit of Eden marks Munoz' U.S. recording debut with an explosive introduction to a talent that has been wowing Latin America for many years. Helping Munoz realize his fruitful visions on The Fruit of Eden are some of the top all-star talents in Latin music and contemporary jazz, including bassist Randy Tico (who released Earthdance on Higher Octave Music), saxmen Gary Meek and Tom Buckner, percussionist Kevin Winard, and keyboardist Adam Asarnow. The energetic elegance of the entire Munoz experience comes alive on the opening tune, "Topacio (Topaz)," which mixes Asarnow's jazzy Latin piano feel with an attractive melodic tradeoff between Buckner's soprano and Jeff Elliot on flügelhorn. As its title promises, "Calipso de las Americas" is a bold and brassy tropical dance gem, complete with a vibrant steel drum melody (byRoss Harper), a mix of horns, and a spirited vocal chorus. A lilting "Argentina" and the moody, haunting "Desire (El Deseo)" offer a unique look at the reflective, romantic aspects of Munoz's exquisite composing skills, while the free-flowing "Tierranegra" blends piccolo flute, muted trumpet, and flügelhorn for a Baroque-flavored ode to his Brazilian musical idols.