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Luis Mario Ochoa Cuban Quintet

Cuban - Latin - Son Cubano - World - World Jazz
From Toronto, Ontario

BIO

One of the world’s most exciting Cuban music ensembles, the Luis Mario Ochoa Cuban 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, 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 quintet has recently made appearances at the Jazz Festivals in Montreal, Halifax, Markham, St. John’s Vancouver, Victoria, Oshawa, the Toronto Beaches, and Huntsville Festival of the Arts as well as Mount Allison Universities Performing Arts Series to name a few. Internationally, highlights for the ensemble include the Barbados Jazz Festival In and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club in New York. In the 2011.12 season the quintet will continue to perform in prestigious jazz venues and festivals. They have also been selected to showcase at a number of provincial and national arts conferences.In addition to the quintet’s concert schedule, Luis will be touring with his traditional Cuban Sextet throughout Ontario and with Hilario Duran’s Bid Band in Western Canada.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Luis Mario Ochoa’s earliest musical influences came from his father, Luis Ochoa Sr., singer, 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. Embracing Toronto as his new home in the early 1990’s, Mr. Ochoa would form his band Cimarrón, with whom he recorded three critically acclaimed albums.

Their first two albums, A La Cubana and La Fiesta, were some of the earliest recordings to emerge from Toronto's Latin music scene. Songs from these recordings have since been featured in film and television shows including the TV series, Traders, the US production, Brave New Girl, and Canadian production, Bailey's Billions, as well as in the TV series The Associates. The ensemble’s third, self-titled CD, Cimarrón, includes an all-star cast of jazz and Latin musicians from Toronto as well as special guests: Paquito D'Rivera, Guido Basso and Luis' father, Luis Ochoa Sr. This album features a blend of Cuban music with elements of jazz.

An avid collaborator, Mr. Ochoa formed this Cuban quintet and in 2009, released his latest 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.” In addition to his productive composing, performing and recording schedule, Luis also teaches the Latin Jazz Ensemble at the renowned Humber College Institute, Toronto and conducts the Luis Mario Ochoa’s Humber Latin Big Band. (as of August, 2011)

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Gigs

The Huntsville Festival of the Arts - Algonquin Theatre - Hunstsville, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Beaches International Jazz Festival - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Toronto TD Jazz Festival - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Lula Lounge - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Mount Allison University Performing Arts Series - Sackville, New Brunswick Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Glenn Gould Studio - CBC Broadcasting Centre - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Old Mill Inn - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Saturday Night Cabaret - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Toronto Jazz Festival - Nathan Philip Square - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Orangeville Jazz & Blues Festival - Orangeville, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Koerner Hall - The Royal Conservatory - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Young Centre for the Performing Arts - Distillery District - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Markham Jazz Festival - Markham, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Oakville Jazz Festival - Oakville, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

St. John's Newfoundland Jazz Festival - St. John's, Newfoundland Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Halifax Jazz Festival - Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Montreal Jazz Festival - Montreal, Quebec Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Victoria Jazz Festival - Victoria, British Columbia Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Vancouver Jazz Festival - Vancouver, British Columbia Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Paramount Conference and Event - Woodbridge, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Caesar Windsor Casino - Windsor, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Royal Conservatory of Music - Mazzoleni Hall - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

St. Philips Church - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Barbados Jazz Festival - St George, Barbados - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Jazz at Lincoln Dizzy's Club - New York, New York United States - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Band Members

Luis Mario Ochoa
Hilaro Duran
Roberto Riverón
Luis Orbegoso
Ahmed Michel

Manager

Andrew Kwan
Andrew Kwan Artists Management Inc.
Email: info@andrewkwanartists.com
Phone: 416-445-4441

Discography

La Fiesta
Indie, 2012

Momentos Cubanos
Cuban Music Productions, 2009

Cimarron
Cuban Music Productions, 2005

A la Cubana
Indie, 1995