"LUZ" CD (2013)

"Invisible" CD (2010)

"Of Soul and Shadow" CD (2007)

"Vida" CD (2004)

"Compassion" CD (1998)

"The Fruit of Eden" CD (1996)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

NEXT PERFORMANCE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST, CUESTA COLLEGE, SLO.


ON Friday, February 1st, at 7:30 PM we will be performing at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, in the Student Conference Center (Room 5400). We may be also offering a clinic earlier that same afternoon. Please, check in with us later on for additional info, or contact the college.
Cuesta College San Luis Obispo Campus
Hwy 1 San Luis Obispo, Ca 93403-8106
(805) 546-3100

Friday, November 30, 2007

Santa Barbara Magazine/December 07


Read about "Of Soul and Shadow" on this month's issue of Santa Barbara Magazine

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Costa Rica/1973


In my room in San José, Costa Rica, October, 1973. Jamming with my friend William Salas, who after almost 35 years, contacted me this morning. Notice the poster collection on the wall: Pink Floyd, Zappa, Miles...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

JAZZ IMPROV NY MAGAZINE REVIEWS "OF SOUL AND SHADOW" THIS MONTH


Curtis Davenport, of Jazz Improv NY Magazine reviews "Of Soul and Shadow" in this month's issue: "Munoz has created a unique hybrid that fuses some of the best elements of a range of Latin American musical styles, to the best elements of jazz instrumental soloing." Read more

Thursday, November 1, 2007

ANOTHER GREAT REVIEW! LA JAZZ SCENE 11/07

LUIS MUNOZ/OF SOUL AND SHADOW (Pelín Music)

Based in Santa Barbara, composer and multi-instrumentalist Luis Muñoz combines the best of heart-rending Latin Jazz with the soul of Central America. He grew up in Costa Rica, attended the University of Costa Rica and the nation's National Music Conservatory; then moved to the U.S. in 1974. At UC Santa Barbara, he earned his degree in Music Composition and has written prolifically since then. His latest album explores the idioms of Costa Rican folklore, classical music and Jazz through 10 originals that swing hard or simmer gracefully: sometimes both.

Saxophonists David Binney and Tom Buckner give Muñoz the exciting sound that he wants, as his ensembles get into a groove. When trombonist Ira Nepus steps into the spotlight on "La Semilla", the heat is on. He is complemented by high note trumpeter Adolfo Acosta, as a wide array of percussion keeps the motion flowing strong. This one brings out the goose bumps! Then, Muñoz contrasts his program with Ron Kalina's soulful harmonica on "Al Silencio", which mourns confortingly to nurse the evening's woes away. The composer's drum set ties the unit together seamlessly, as blues turns into a hopeful dawn with all its positive magic.

Elsewhere, the composer brings us impressions of the tradition that has built Central America for hundreds of years. Vocals by Andy Zúñiga and more harmonica, saxophone and trumpet spotlights give the session personality. On flute, Muñoz carries a deep, heartfelt charm; on piano, he delivers with sensitivity. This recommended album rocks hard while highlighting the cultural background that makes Latin Jazz the emotional tool that has captured our heart and soul.

Jim Santella/ LA Jazz Scene

Sunday, October 21, 2007

FOUR STARS/ EJAZZNEWS REVIEW


Today, John Gilbert of Ejazznews gave "Of Soul and Shadow" Four Stars ( ****): " Latin jazz at it's best".

Friday, October 12, 2007

ENTIRE CATALOG AVAILABLE FOR DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AT CDBABY.COM

Hello everyone,
I am very happy to announce the availability of my entire catalog for digital downloading at cdbaby.com. The following week the music will be available everywhere else, including itunes. This are the links for each of my 4 CDs at cdbaby.com. Regards! Luis.
http://cdbaby.com/cd/luismunoz2
http://cdbaby.com/cd/luismunoz5
http://cdbaby.com/cd/luismunoz3
http://cdbaby.com/cd/luismunoz4

Monday, October 8, 2007

LIVE IN CONCERT THIS SATURDAY!!


This coming Saturday, October 13th, at 3:30 PM, we will be performing live at the Santa Barbara Festival of Art. There will be music, art, food and wine during the entire weekend. Hope to see you there! Luis.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

"VIDA" INCLUDED INTO YET ANOTHER TOP TEN LIST OF 2006


Thanks to Michael Townsend of Quimper Sound in Port Townsed, WA, for including "VIDA" into his Top Ten Spins list of 2006, joining "jazzreview.com", "latinjazznetwork" and five other review sources in doing so. It is always nice to find out that people appreciate your music THAT much!
www.quimpersound.com/reviews/revhome.html#top1006m

SOUNDCHECK AT "THE VIC" IN SANTA MONICA. 9/27/07


We had a wonderful time last Thursday at this very intimate Jazz club in Santa Monica, CA. Great audience and great acoustics. Hard to ask for much more. We shall return... Luis.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ejazznews reviews "Of Soul and Shadow"


CD Reviews: CD Review/Luis Munoz/Of Soul & ShadOw/PEL2007
Posted by: editoron Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 09:01 AM

I've been lucky enough to review several of latino piano specialist Luis Munoz's CD projects over the years. This current project shows Luis's bent on creating latin jazz that is both absorbing & engaging for his listenership. Luis's music is always alive & fresh & this spate of originals is a prime example of both his delicate quality with stylistic precision. Munoz's music offers us a thoughtful combination of interesting musical ideas & a satisfying aesthetic as well. Luis's compositional talents are extraordinarily wide with a sensitivity & phraseology that can quiet one's sensibilites. Kudos then to this wonderful latino pianist-composer of song as he delivers his songs to discriminating & accepting ears..........OURS, in an apparent, effortless fashion.

George W. Carroll
EJAZZNEWS.COM

http://www.ejazznews.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=8599

Monday, September 17, 2007

THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, AT 8:00 PM KPFK INTERVIEW


This Saturday, September 22nd, at 8:00 PM, I will be interviewed once again at KPFK, 90.7 Los Angeles, 98.7 Santa Barbara. This time I will be in the program "Canto Tropical con Hector Resendez" promoting our upcoming concert at the "Vic for Jazz' In Santa Monica, CA on September 27th. Hope you can listen. Luis.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES


On Saturday, October 13th, at 3:30 PM, I will be performing at the Santa Barbara Festival of Arts in CA. Joining me will be Jonathan Dane: Trumpet, Tom Etchart: Bass, George Friedenthal: Keyboards, Jon Nathan: Marimba, Narciso Sotomayor: Guitar and Kevin Winard: percussion. Hope to see you there! And don't forget our next performance, on Thurday, September 27th at the Vic For Jazz in Santa Monica, CA. 8:00 and 10:00 PM shows. Luis.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

ADAM'S DREAM/VIDEO


A collage of photos, some of my drawings and computer animation (by Kino Gil), for "Adam's Dream, a track from my new CD "Of Soul and Shadow". Dedicated to my son Adam, this recording feautures Ramses Araya on Bata Drums, Tom Buckner on Soprano Sax, Tom Etchart on Fretless Bass, George Friedenthal on Synth, Narciso Sotomayor on Electric Guitar and myself on Djembe, Piano and Percussion. Enjoy! Luis,

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

THIS THURSDAY 9/6/07 AT 8:30 PM LIVE AT SOHO


Please join us this Thursday September 6, at 8:30 PM for the concert celebration of the release of our "Of Soul and Shadow" CD. We will be performing live most of the new music from that CD.
BAND:
Jonathan Dane: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Tom Etchart: Acoustic and Electric Bass
George Friedentahl: Piano, Keyboards
Luis Muñoz: Drums, Percussion
John Nathan: Marimba. Percussion
Narciso Sotomayor: Acoustic, Electric Guitar
Kevin Winard: Percussion

Hope to see you there! Luis.

Friday, August 31, 2007

NELSON, LUIS AND RAUL/KCLU-8/30/07


At KCLU,88.3 FM Ventura County, CA. surrounded by two of the greatest (and nicest) radio personalities in the world of Latin Jazz: Nelson Rodríguez and Raul Rico Jr.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

RADIO INTERVIEW 8/24/07


With Marta Elia y Marcello Pedrolo of "Mirando al Sur" radio program, on KCBX, 90.1 San Luis Obispo, CA.

Friday, August 24, 2007

TODAY ON KPFK 90.7 LOS ANGELES


I will be doing an interview this morning on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, at 11:00 AM. I will be joining Sergio Mielniczenko on the "Global Village". Join us!

Monday, August 20, 2007

THE JAZZ BUFFALO




Tune in to "The Jazz Buffalo Latin Jazz Program" on the "Live365 Internet Radio Network" (www.live365.com/stations/jazzbuffalo ), where you can listen to the best in Latin Jazz, plus several tracks from "Of Soul and Shadow".

RADIO INTERVIEW 8/24/07




I will be doing another live radio interview this coming Friday, August 24th starting at 10:00 PM, on KCBX National Public Radio, San Luis Obispo, CA 90.1, Santa Barbara 89.5, as part of the "Mirando al Sur" radio program. This is a wonderful show which airs every Friday from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM, hosted by Marta Elia and Marcello Pedrolo, spreading the music of South America and the influence of Jazz in it. Please, visit their blog at: http://miroalsur.blogspot.com/ Hope you can be with us on Friday.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

RADIO INTERVIEW 8/30/07


On Thursday, August 30th, at 8:00 PM, I will be doing a live radio interview on “Jazz Latino”, KCLU (88.3 in Ventura County, 102.3 in Santa Barbara County ), with wonderful host, superb percussionist and dear friend Raul Rico Jr. Please join us. Luis.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES



Thursday, September 6, at 8:30 PM: Soho Music Club. 1221 State Street, Suite 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. For reservations:805-962-7776. www.sohosb.com
Thursday, September 27th. Two shows, 8:00 and 10:00 PM. The Vic for Jazz. 2640 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405. Reservations: 888-367-5299. www.thevicforjazz.com

First Review is out "Of Soul and Shadow"

"With this collection, Luis Munoz takes the concept of eclecticism to a whole new and exciting level". Jonathan Widran, Allmusic.com