Composer, Arranger & Percussionist
Luis Muñoz, composer, arranger 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: DownBeat magazine 4 stars, "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 participated in a TED conference in Costa Rica, and won his second ACAM award for "Composer of the Year" by the Costa Rican Association of Musical Authors and Composers. Luis Muñoz is finishing a new album, entitled “LUZ”, to be released in January of 2013. 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.