Luis Giraldo




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Luis Giraldo

Originally born in Montreal, Luis Giraldo grew up in Bogotá, Colombia. His musical career began playing keyboards and singing with a Rock band in High School – they called it “Shade of Black”, and played mostly covers of U2, Miguel Mateos and Soda Stereo songs, among other popular music of the early 90’s.

Luis Giraldo was then drafted to the Colombian army, and joined the presidential marching band, playing trumpet (and becoming section leader!) during his one-year service.

Luis Giraldo true calling

Later in university, Luis Giraldo joined a Ska-Rock band called “El Jardín de Daniela” (Daniela’s Garden) while majoring in Industrial Engineering, with this group they won a couple of music contests (“Notas Radioactiva” and “Concurso de Música Kool”) and won some studio recording time. He soon realized his true calling was music, and after 3 semesters, switched over to a Music program with an Audio emphasis at Universidad Javeriana.

In music school Luis Giraldo was invited to join the nationally-renowned Rock band “Poligamia”, and went on to record 2 albums with them on the Sony Music label. He also contributed original songs, which were in a more “bluesy” style, and this would prove to be the beginning of Giraldo’s interest in the genre of Jazz. Poligamia’s lead singer, Andres Cepeda, is now an even more successful recording artist. While in Bogotá on holiday, Giraldo visited Andres in the studio during the recording of his first album “Se Morir”, and ended up playing piano on the title track, which quickly became a runaway hit.

Luis Giraldo collaboration with Shakira

After some touring with “Poligamia”, Luis Giraldo was asked to join Pop star Shakira’s band, in the capacity of keyboardist, acoustic rhythm guitarist and vocalist, and he went on to perform with her on 40+ shows all over North, Central, and South America.

Upon finishing that tour, Giraldo moved to Vancouver to pursue Audio Engineering studies at Columbia Academy, went on to study composition at SFU, all the while growing his interest in Jazz and the American Songbook.

One fine day he was asked to join a trio on a 4-month cruise ship engagement, playing all Jazz standards. This really drew the line in the sand for Luis Giraldo, as he would fully “convert” to Jazz.

He spent some time aboard Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, and Disney cruise ships, and in 2002 Luis Giraldo released his first Jazz album as vocalist, “Day Dream“. He is accompanied on the album by accomplished pianist Chris Sigerson, and well-known bassist and producer Rick Kilburn.

On July 6th, 2008, Giraldo released “It’s Always You” to a sold-out room at the Jazz Cellar in Vancouver! The album features arrangements by Bill Coon, Bill Runge and Jill Townsend, and its roster is a who’s-who of Vancouver Jazz musicians. This album is not to be missed!

Since, Luis Giraldo has continued to perform in the Greater Vancouver area with different bands and under his own name. In 2013, he and Nick Apivor started a Cal Tjader tribute band called “Caliente” and have had some performances in local music venues.

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Country Canada
City Vancouver
State/Province British Columbia
Performer Type Musical Act

3 responses to “Luis Giraldo”

  1. Justin says:

    We were very happy with absolutely everything about his group’s performance, enough to ask them back again this past year. The song choice was impeccable, their professionalism is second to none and all of our guests absolutely loved having them there. – Justin, Ebay

  2. Heidi Budden says:

    He performed at our conference dinner to the joy of all those within ear shot. He was professional in all aspects of the performance and we will be sure to see if he is available should we come back to the city again. – Heidi Budden, North Pacific Pediatric Society

  3. Debbie Wright says:

    The event was a huge success, thanks in large part to his performance. I would not hesitate to recommend him if you’re looking to add style or elegance to your event. – Dr. Debbie Wright – British Columbia Chiropractic Association

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