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Orquesta De La Luz

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Orquesta De La Luz ("Orchestra Of The Light" in Spanish) were formed in Tokyo as a unique Japanese Salsa band in 1984 and started performing at the clubs such as the Shibuya Crocodile, and Roppongi Pit Inn. The lead singer, Nora, visited NYC with a demo tape that finally gave the band an opportunity to perform in NYC in 1989. The first NYC tour was successful enough that the band had a chance to release their debut self-titled album "" through BMG Victor Inc. in Japan and RMM Records in the US in 1990, which received the Gold Disc Award and hit number 1 on the Billboard Latin Salsa Chart and remained for 11 consecutive weeks. The band has since visited 22 countries including USA, South Central America, and Europe, released many albums, and received the Outstanding Award at the Japan Record Award (1991 & 1993), the United Nations Peace Medal Award (1993), performed at the NHK Kohaku Utagassen (1993), and nominated for the Grammy Award 'Tropical Latin Album' (1995). In 1997 the band was dissolved in order to focus on the members' solo activities and was reorganized for the charity event World Peace Music Festival in 2002. The reaction to this event the following year, WPMF Vol.2, made them restart their activities. In July 2004, the band released their first album in nine years, "!Banzaaay!", released by Avex IO in Japan, under a new Orquesta De La Luz, and started developing their energetic live act at many events and festivals, as well as making a successfull nationwide concert tour. They also toured Europe after an interval of ten years, while in July 2005 a new album "Arco Iris" was released, featuring bonus tracks from popular electronic/crossover artists; a Yukihiro Fukutomi remix, and a Kyoto Jazz Massive re-edit (both tracks also featuring on a separately released vinyl 12"), and the group appeared on TV and performed frequent live performances. In 2008, album "!Caliente!" was released. Band members: Nora (vocals); Gen Ogimi (percussion) (left after album "Sin Fronteras"), Carlos Kanno (percussion); Genichi Egawa (timbales) (left after second album "Sin Fronteras"); Gen Date (conga) (left after album "Somos Diferentes"); Hiroshi Sawada (bass) (left after fourth album "La Aventura", replaced by Hiroyasu Ito); Satoru Shoinoya (piano, keyboards); Shiro Sasaki, (trumpet); Tatsuya Shimogami (trumpet) (first album "Orquesta de La Luz" only, replaced by Shigeru Terauchi); Yoshihito Fukumoto (trumpet); Hideaki Nakaji(trombone); Taisei Aoki (trombone). Co-producer/arranger Sergio George contributed keyboards occasionally. (members info correct upto band temporary brake-up in 1995.)

PortraitOgimi Gen
perc, voc JP
PortraitSatoru Shionoya
p, syn JP
PortraitGen Date
Genta Egawa
tim, dr
PortraitIsao Sakuma
tr *1970 JP
Shingo Kanno
Popular Tracks   
Salsa Caliente del Japón - Live Version on Sergio George Presents Salsa Giants by Various Artists
Descarga De La Luz on Lo Esencial by Orquesta De La Luz
El Me Ama, Yo Le Amo on Lo Esencial by Orquesta De La Luz
Tu Eres El Hombre on Lo Esencial by Orquesta De La Luz
Mambo De La Luz on Lo Esencial by Orquesta De La Luz
Salsa No Tiene Frontera on Lo Esencial by Orquesta De La Luz
つぐない on Gracias Salseros by Orquesta De La Luz
Azucar Mambo on Gracias Salseros by Orquesta De La Luz
Gracias Salseros on Gracias Salseros by Orquesta De La Luz
ダンスはうまく踊れない on 井上陽水トリビュート by Various Artists

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Title Artist Year Type
Carnaval / Saving All My Love For YouOrquesta De La Luz2016Single
Funky Instrumentals (Volume Four)Nik Weston Presents Grant Green / Orquesta De La Luz2009Single
Enter The Dragon EPTatsuo Sunaga Presents Orquesta De La Luz2008Album
Arco IrisOrquesta De La Luz2005Album
La Puerta / CarnavalOrquesta De La Luz2005Album
Gracias! Final Concert At "Alaska Blitz" 1997.7.14Orquesta De La Luz2004Album
Orquesta De La Luz Live (From World Peace Music Festival “Reunion For Peace”)Orquesta De La Luz2003Album
The Best Of Orquesta De La LuzOrquesta De La Luz2000Compil.
Sabor De La LuzOrquesta De La Luz1995Album
La AventuraOrquesta De La Luz1993Album
La Historia De La LuzOrquesta De La Luz1993Compil.
Historia De La LuzOrquesta De La Luz1993Compil.
La Historia De La LuzOrquesta De La Luz1993Album
Hazme SoñarOrquesta De La Luz1992Single
Somos DiferentesOrquesta De La Luz1992Album
Sin FronterasOrquesta De La Luz1992Single
Sin Fronteras (サルサに国境はない)Orquesta De La Luz1991Album
Salsa Caliente Del Japon (Hot Salsa From Japan)Orquesta De La Luz1991Album
Live At Madison Square GardenOrquesta De La Luz1991Album
el me ama yo le amoOrquesta De La Luz1991Single
Salsa No Tiene FronteraOrquesta De La Luz1991Album
The New York Salsa Festival Live From Madison square GardenEl Gran Combo, Oscar D' León, Orquesta De La Luz, Los Hermanos Moreno, Grupo Niche, Ricardo Ray & Bobby Cruz, Ralph Mercado1991Album
Salsa BailableOrquesta De La Luz1990Single
De La LuzOrquesta De La Luz1990Album
Salsa Caliente Del Japon / Salsa Es Mi EnergiaOrquesta De La Luz1990Single
Salsa Caliente Del JapónOrquesta De La Luz1990Single
Salsa Es Mi EnergiaOrquesta De La Luz1990Album
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