Congas / Bongos / Timbales / Hand Percussion / Drum Set / Vocals / Producer

Luis Orbegoso (known in the latin recording industry as “Luisito”) was born in Lima, Perú in 1971 and moved to Canada in 1972. He became an honoured graduate of the Humber College Music Program in 1994 and has been a member of the Toronto Musicians Association since 1993. Luisito was a student of Memo Acevedo (professor of percussion at New York University) and jump-started his career as a professional bongo player with Memo’s ground breaking salsa band “Banda Brava” in 1993.

Anyone who has ever heard Luisito never forgets him. He has performed and/or recorded with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra,  Stevie WonderJerry Gonzalez, Hilton Ruiz, Oscar de León, Hilario Durán, David Virelles,  Chucho Valdéz, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Changuito, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ralph Irizarry, Nelly Furtado, Kenwood Dennard,  Alfredo de la Fe, Luisito Carrión, Cheo Andujar,  Jimmy Bosch, Horacio Hernández, Mark Quiñones, Alex Cuba, Luis Mario Ochoa & Cimarrón, Dominicanada, Nick Ali, Jane Bunnett, Diego Marulanda & Pacandé, and far too many more to list here. Luisito is one of the most in-demand percussionists in Toronto.

Luis is a highly sought after teacher, and  has worked with students and professionals at universities, schools and festivals across Canada and in Germany, Colombia, England and Peru. He is also a record producer  working with many artists in Canada and abroad.

Luisito has also done some Mac computer tutoring for visually impaired students, from basic Voiceover use in Mac’s various operating systems, to the use of Logic pro.

Selected  Productions

PAUL GUTIERREZ “Historias en Blues”, (2018) – Blues – Producer / Performer

SEAN BELLAVITI & CONJUNTO LACALU  “Toronto Mambo”, (2017) – Salsa – Producer / Performer

PATRICIA CANO  “Madre, Amiga, Hermana”, (2017) – World – Producer / Performer

LOUIS SIMAO  “A Luz“, (2016)  World – Co-producer

RUBEN “BENNY” ESGUERRA  “A New Tradition Vol 2 Return of Kuisi”, (2016) Spoken Word with Latin Music – Producer / Performer

LULA ALL STARS   “Salsa de la Buena”(2016) Salsa – Producer / Performer

TOMSON HIGHWAY  “The Post Mistress“ (2013) – Producer

PAUL GUTIERREZ “Noticias del Mundo”, (2013) – Latin Pop – Producer / performer

RUBEN “BENNYESGUERRA  A New Tradition”, (2012) Spoken Word with Latin Music – Producer / Performer

DIEGO MARULANDA, “Rueda la Bolita”, Indie (2011) Pop – Producer / Performer

CACHE, “Looking from the Top”, (2011) Salsa – Producer

PATRICIA CANO – This is the New World”, (2009) Jazz, blues influenced with traditional South American folk forms – Producer / Performer

CACHE, “Toronto Sessions”, (2006) Salsa – Producer / Performer

DIEGO MARULANDA & PACANDE, “K’MA”, Indie (2005) Salsa – Producer / Performer

CACHE, “Blended”, MRP records (2004) Salsa – Producer / Performer

JOHANN AGUIRRE & ORCHESTA BESTIAL, “Saborigen”, Indie (1998) Salsa – Producer / Performer

VENTURA BROTHERS FEAT. JERRY GONZALES, “Ventura Brothers”, Indie (1993) – Producer / Performer

Selected Discography

BOBBY RICE LATIN JAZZ BIG BAND, “Xtreme Latin Jazz” (2015)  Latin Jazz

MICHAEL OCCHIPINTI  “Chunk”, (2013) Funk, reggae, jazz, electronic

JORGE MIGUEL  Guitarra Flamenca”, (2012) Flamenco

HILARIO DURAN  “Motion”, Alma Records  (2010) Contemporary Jazz

WORLD JAZZ FOR HAITI, Indie (2010) Jazz

BOMBA “Cuatro Caminos”, (2008) Indie Latin Jazz

LUIS MARIO OCHOA QUINTET, “Momentos Cubanos”, (2008)  Indie Latin

ELIANA CUEVAS “Vidas”,  (2007) Indie Latin

RALPH IRIZARRY & SON CAFE, “Tributo“, BKS (2006) Salsa

TASA MUSIC, “Urban Turban”, (2006)  Traditional and Contemporary Indian Music

NELLY FURTADO, “Loose”, Geffen  (2006) Pop

DAVID VIRELLES“Motion”, Justin Time  (2006) Jazz

BOMBA  “Entre Sol y Luz”, Indie (2005)  Latin Jazz

RALPH IRIZARRY & SON CAFE, “Bailando Con Azucar“, BKS (2004) Salsa

ALEXIS BARO“Havana Banana”, (2004) Jazz

LUIS MARIO OCHOA & CIMARRON, “Luis Mario And Friends”, (2004)  Indie Latin

ELIANA CUEVAS, “Ventura”, Indie (2004) Latin

BOBBY RICE & SANDUNGA, (2004)  Latin Jazz

NICK ALI & CRUZAO“Shades Of Brown”, Justin Time (2002) Latin Jazz

JAKE LANGLEY, “The Latin Sessions”, Indie (2001) Latin Jazz

NELLY FURTADO,  “Wow Nelly!”, Sony Dreamworks (2001) Pop

ELIANA CUEVAS, “Cohesion”, Indie (2001) Salsa / Brazilian

ROB THALLER,  “Ritmo Azul”, Indie (2001) Salsa

BLAIR PURDY & GRUVORIA“Gruvoria”, Indie (2000) Groove

DIEGO MARULANDA & PACANDE, “Por El Sol”, Indie (2000) Colombian folkloric

ALEX CANTERO, “Luces de mi Tierra”, Indie (co-producer) (2000) Latin-rock

LUIS MARIO OCHOA & CIMARRON, “La Fiesta”, Indie (1999) Salsa

DOMINICANADA, “Subiendo”, Indie (1996) Merengue

LUIS MARIO OCHOA & CIMARRON, “A La Cubana”, Indie (1995) Salsa