Andrew Kwan Artists Management

LUIS MARIO OCHOA

CUBAN ENSEMBLE

 

 

“Luis Ochoa has an exceptional voice. His soaring tenor rises above the horns and percussion, delivering the lyrics with sincerity and power.” [Cimarrón: Cuban Music Productions CD]

- JAZZ IMPROV MAGAZINE

PHOTOS

Photography

Anne de Haas

 

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REVIEWS

“He is a passionate singer, his enunciation and phrasing strong and packed with emotional power. He is also the troubadour who adds to the soul with his guitar.”

- ALL ABOUT JAZZ

 

“A true pleasure to listen to, these exceptional musicians exemplified how to combine sensitivity and energy in their playing. It was also a pleasure to watch how they listened to and enjoyed each other’s contributions to the whole.”

- LIVE MUSIC REPORT

 

“[T]here is not a single track on this record that does not merit many hearings. You will find that you simply cannot get enough of the music. That's how infectious it is.” [Momentos Cubanos: Cuban Music Productions CD]

- LATIN JAZZ NETWORK

 

 “With roots in Cuban popular music, Ochoa’s emotive voice and delicate touch on a nylon-stringed guitar, exhibit a change from Latin jazz standards. Ochoa has been hailed for his “...fire, finesse and authenticity” (Jazz Times) and for creating “...high caliber Latin jazz [that] cooks” (Descarg.com). In an intimate setting, Ochoa brilliantly provides harmonic richness and rhythmical variety that is genuine and unassuming, while integrating styles that range from rumba to samba to waltz. A nominee in 2007 for Canadian Latin Jazz Artist of the Year, the unique exuberance of his music is the only thing that is constant and all that matters when listening.”

- LATIN JAZZ NETWORK

 

“The music was for everyone, the jazz people who sit and savour their music and the dancers who move and are inspired with their music. A mix of samba, rumba, salsa, and cha cha accents kept the feet moving.”

- SALSA TO

 

“...How exciting to discover a truly dynamic new salsa vocalist whose talent extends to composing and arranging.”

- HISPANIC MAGAZINE

 

“Luis Ochoa has an exceptional voice. His soaring tenor rises above the horns and percussion, delivering the lyrics with sincerity and power.” [Cimarrón: Cuban Music Productions CD]

- JAZZ IMPROV MAGAZINE

DISCOGRAPHY

A La Cubana

Cuban Music Productions

LMO CD

 

La fiesta

Cuban Music Productions

LMO CD-1

 

Cimarrón: Luis Mario Ochoa & Friends 

Cuban Music Productions

LMO CD-2A

 

Momentos Cubanos

Cuban Music Productions

LMO CD-3

BIOGRAPHY

Coined as "la crema de la crema of Cuban-Toronto musicians" (The Wholenote), the Luis Mario Ochoa Quintet is renowned for virtuosity and incredible musicianship. This acoustic group features music ranging from rumba to samba, bolero to waltz, son to cha and features Toronto's leading jazz and world musicians. Nominee of the 2007 Canadian Latin Jazz Artist of the Year Award, guitarist and lead vocalist Luis Mario Ochoa leads this ensemble noted by press for their “fire, finesse and authenticity” (JazzTimes).

 

Performing regularly in Canada, the group has recently made appearances at the Jazz Festivals of Montreal, Halifax, Markham, St. John's, Vancouver, Victoria, the Toronto Beaches as well as the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, the Elora Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, and festival classique des Hautes-Laurentide. Last season saw the ensemble's first Prairie tour as part of Prairie Debut's 2015-2016 roster.

 

Born in Havana, Cuba, Luis Mario Ochoa's earliest musical influences came from his father, Luis Ochoa Sr., singer and founding member of "Trio Voces de Oro", one of Cuba's most established ensembles. At the age of 11, Luis began full-time music studies at some of Havana's most renowned conservatories. He later graduated with an Honours B.A. in classical guitar from the University of Havana's Institute Superior of Arts (ISA). While most of his extensive learning was in the classical genre, his heart never abandoned his roots in traditional Cuban music.

 

An avid collaborator, Mr. Ochoa formed a Cuban ensemble and in 2008, would release his CD, Momentos Cubanos. Here, Luis displays his virtuosity and versatility with authority. The program features original and classic Latin American songs and the popular CD reached the # 2 spot on the world music charts at Earshot Canada! It is no wonder that the Latin Jazz Network noted that “you simply cannot get enough of the music. That's how infectious it is.”

 

October 2016

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