Composer, Arranger and Percussionist
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Luis Munoz, composer, arranger and percussionist, was born in San Jose, Costa Rica.
In 1972 Luis entered the University of Costa Rica where he studied both Architecture and Music. He studied privately at the National Music Conservatory and with the principal flutist of the National Symphony Orchestra. In 1974 Luis emigrated to the United States and there completed his Degree in Music Composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara, under the tutelage of renown British composer Peter Fricker. For the last 30 years Luis Munoz has written music for educational and sports documentaries, animation films, radio and television jingles, dance and theater. In addition, Munoz has worked as a music producer and arranger, as well as a percussionist for numerous artists such as Airto Moreira, Etta James, Flora Purim and Jim Messina.
In 2007 Luis released his latest recording, Of Soul and Shadow, a collection of 10 compositions that explore 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; percussionist Ramses Araya (Ruben Blades); chromatic harmonica player Ron Kalina; trombone player Ira Nepus (Diana Krall); and New York sensation Dave Binney on alto sax.