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 Wonder, Jerry 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.