Ojai Underground Exchange Presents: Luis Munoz & Lois Mahalia
Luis Muñoz is a composer, producer, arranger and percussionist from Costa Rica. He has released 9 CDs of his compositions as a leader, all of them receiving multiple accolades and awards from the world media.
His 2015 CD “VOZ”, a project with singers Claudia Acuña (Chile), Magos Herrera (México) and Téka (Brazil) was chosen by Downbeat Magazine among the “Best CDs of the Year” and by Jazziz Magazine among the “12 Best Albums of the Year”. Latin Jazz Network called it “A perfect Album” (5 Stars). It won two ACAM Awards (Association of Composers and Musical Authors) in Latin America, including “Jazz CD of the Year”. Mr. Muñoz’s has received 6 ACAM nominations and 4awards so far. Mr. Muñoz was chosen among the “12 Best Artists of the Year” by NPR’s AltLatino. His latest recording, “The Dead Man” (2017) was named “Best Record of the Year” in Jazziz Magazine.
Luis. Muñoz has performed in some of the best Jazz Festivals and theaters in the USA and abroad: from The Litchfield Jazz Festival in the East Coast to the San Jose Jazz Festival in the West Coast. From the Moss Theater in Santa Monica, CA, the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, CA to the National Opera House in Costa Rica.
Mr. Muñoz just finished recording “The Infinite Dream” with Guyanese singer Lois Mahalia, to be released in early 2019, and is currently working on “Canciones de Transfiguración y Esperanza”, a new collaboration with singer Magos Herrera.
Lois Mahalia was born in British Guyana. She began singing and performing on stage at the age of 5 with her brothers. She moved to the US at age 13 and continued singing in churches with her musical family. She has done extensive work as a session artist and has performed, recorded, and toured with artists such as Kenny Loggins, Joe Sample, Michael McDonald, Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Norman Gimble, and Joe Walsh from The Eagles.