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, Brownman 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 LACALÚ  “Toronto Mambo”, (2017) – Salsa – Producer / Performer

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

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

RUBÉN “BENNY” ESGUERRA  “A New Tradition Vol 2 Return of Kuisi”, (2016) Spoken Word with Latin Music – Producer / Performer – Nominated for World Music Category at the 2018 Juno Awards

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

RUBÉN “BENNY” ESGUERRA  “A New Tradition”, (2012) Spoken Word with Latin Music – Producer / PerformerDIEGO MARULANDA, “Rueda la Bolita”, Indie (2011) Pop – Producer / Performer

CACHÉ, “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

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

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

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

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

VENTURA BROTHERS FEAT. JERRY GONZÁLES, “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 DURÁN  “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 CAFÉ, “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 CAFÉ, “Bailando Con Azucar“, BKS (2004) Salsa

ALEXIS BARÓ – “Havana Banana”, (2004) Jazz

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

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

BOBBY RICE & SANDUNGA, (2004)  Latin Jazz

BROWNMAN ALI & CRUZAO,  “Shades Of Brown”, Brontosaurus Records (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 & PACANDÉ, “Por El Sol”, Indie (2000) Colombian folkloric

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

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

DOMINICANADA, “Subiendo”, Indie (1996) Merengue

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

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

 

Selected  Performances

Luis is  currentlya permanent member of the following bands with which he plays throughout the year in different venues, events and festivals:  Lula All Stars, Conjunto Lacalú, Patricia Cano, Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble, Bob Rice Big Band, Luis Mario Ochoa Quintet, La Borinqueña, New Tradition – Benny Esguerra, Los Poetas, Manny Cárdenas, Yanny Borrel and Louis Simao.

He has also done live performances of the bands for which he is a recording artist.

JIMMY BOSCH CONCERT IN TORONTO (2018, 2017, 2014, 2013), Salsa

LUISITO CARRIÓN, Salsa, (2017, 2008)

TONY VEGA SALSA CONCERT IN TORONTO (2017)

HENRY FIOL SALSA CONCERT IN TORONTO (2017, 2016, 2012, 2010)

WILLIE TORRES, Salsa, Toronto (2016, 2014)

HERMAN OLIVERA SALSA CONCERT IN TORONTO (2016, 2015)

SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA AT PANAMANIA (2015)

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

ALFREDO DE LA FÉ , Salsa (2013, 2010, 2008)

REY DE LA PAZ TORONTO SALSA CONGRESS CONCERT IN TORONTO (2011)

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

WORLD JAZZ FOR HAITI, Indie (2010) Jazz

ALEX CUBA, World Music, (2009)

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

ELIANA CUEVAS “Vidas”, (2007) Indie Latin

STEVIE WONDER CONCERT AT AIR CANADA CENTRE (2007)

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

EDDIE SANTIAGO, Salsa, Montreal and Toronto (2006)

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 CAFÉ, “Bailando Con Azucar”, BKS (2004) Salsa

ALEXIS BARÓ – “Havana Banana”, (2004) Jazz

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

HORACIO HERNÁNDEZ, Salsa (2003)

BROWNMAN ALI & CRUZAO, “Shades Of Brown”, Brontosaurus Records (2002) Latin Jazz

KENWOORD DENNARD, Motown, (2001)

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 & PACANDÉ, “Por El Sol”, Indie (2000) Colombian folkloric

OSCAR DE LEÓN  CONCERT in NEW YORK, Salsa (2000)

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

JANE BUNNET, Jazz (1999 – 2004 in numerous opportunities)

DOMINICANADA, “Subiendo”, Indie (1996) Merengue

PEDRO ARROYO Concert in Toronto Salsa (2016)

CHUCHO VALDÉS LATIN JAZZ CONCERT , Banff Centre for the Arts, (1994)

LOS MUÑEQUITOS DE MATANZAS, Banff Centre for the Arts, (1994)

CHANGUITO, Banff Centre for the Arts, (1994)

 

Commissioned Work

Push! – Wrote Score and performed live.  Theatre piece produced by Parapan Am Games – Toronto (2015)

“Sembrar” commissioned song for WORLD JAZZ FOR HAITI, Indie (2010) Jazz

 

Current Affiliations

Member of the Toronto Musicians Association