Orquesta De La Luz

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 "Salsa Caliente Del Japon (Hot Salsa From Japan / 日本からの熱いサルサ)" 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.)
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Orquesta De La Luz Discography

Albums

Orquesta De La Luz Salsa Caliente Del Japon (Hot Salsa From Japan / 日本からの熱いサルサ) (Album) CBS, RMM Records Venezuela 1990 Sell This Version
Orquesta De La Luz De La Luz (Album) Ariola Colombia 1990 Sell This Version
CD-80420 Orquesta De La Luz Salsa Caliente Del Japon (Hot Salsa From Japan / 日本からの熱いサルサ)(CD, Album) CBS, RMM Records CD-80420 US 1990 Sell This Version
Orquesta De La Luz Sin Fronteras (サルサに国境はない) (Album) RMM Records Mexico 1991 Sell This Version
Orquesta De La Luz Salsa No Tiene Frontera Ariola Japan 1991 Sell This Version
Orquesta De La Luz Somos Diferentes (Album) RMM Records & Video Corp. US 1992 Sell This Version
74321-17399-2 Orquesta De La Luz La Aventura(CD, Album) BMG Victor Inc. 74321-17399-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
74321290822 Orquesta De La Luz Sabor De La Luz(CD) BMG Victor Inc. 74321290822 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
IOCD-11076-7 Orquesta De La Luz Arco Iris(2xCD, Album) Avex Io IOCD-11076-7 Japan 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BVCR-9003 Orquesta De La Luz Salsa Bailable(CD, Maxi) BMG Victor Inc. BVCR-9003 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
RMEP 81358 Orquesta De La Luz Salsa Es Mi Energia / Cuero Sono(12", EP) RMM Records & Video Corp. RMEP 81358 US 1990 Sell This Version
PRLP-95553, 50-04-19840 Orquesta De La Luz el me ama yo le amo(LP, Single, Promo) CBS PRLP-95553, 50-04-19840 Mexico 1991 Sell This Version
052 122457 6 Orquesta De La Luz Salsa Caliente Del Japon (Hot Salsa From Japan)(12", EP, Promo) Bat Discos 052 122457 6 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
006 1225837 Orquesta De La Luz Sin Fronteras(7", Single, Promo) Bat Discos 006 1225837 Spain 1992 Sell This Version
AVJT-2626 Orquesta De La Luz La Puerta / Carnaval(12", Promo) Avex Io AVJT-2626 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
DM-1002 Tatsuo Sunaga Presents Orquesta De La Luz Tatsuo Sunaga Presents Orquesta De La Luz - Enter The Dragon EP(12", EP) Disc Minor DM-1002 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
MUKAT 012 Nik Weston Presents Grant Green / Orquesta De La Luz Nik Weston Presents Grant Green / Orquesta De La Luz - Funky Instrumentals (Volume Four)(12", Single, Ltd, 180) Mukatsuku Records MUKAT 012 UK 2009 Sell This Version

Compilations

Orquesta De La Luz Historia De La Luz (Comp) Ariola Japan 1993 Sell This Version
BVCK-11002 Orquesta De La Luz The Best Of Orquesta De La Luz(CD, Comp) Ariola, BMG BVCK-11002 Japan 2000 Sell This Version

Videos

BVLR-23 Orquesta De La Luz Live At Madison Square Garden(Laserdisc, 12", S/Sided, Album) BMG Video BVLR-23 Japan 1991 Sell This Version

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