COAL: THE MUSICAL
Luis Guerra was born in Texas, He began playing music professionally at the age of 15 and has since gone on to play with musicians Marc Ribot, Kevin Hays (Blue Note Recording Artist), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), Peter Buck (REM), Jimmy Messer, Grooveline Horns, Coleman Barks, Bobby Shew, Dr. James Polk, Tosca Tango Orchestra, Orchestra La Tribu, Doug Lawrence, and Money Mark (Beastie Boys). He has also recorded and toured with Grammy nominated songwriters Alejandro Escovedo, Kim Richie, Patty Griffin,and is a voting member of the National Association Recording Arts and Sciences. He currently composes and produces music from his studio in Los Angeles, CA with a wide range of artists. His compositions have been featured on National Geographic News Watch, PRI’s the World, NPR’s Latino USA as well as numerous commercials, documentaries, and short films. Recent projects include writing arrangements and orchestrations for multiplatinum producer Jimmy Messer, composing alongside Molly Sturges for the musical, “COAL (http://www.coalmusical.com), composing for Fonografia Collective (http://fonografiacollective.com/about/), and composing for numerous aired TV commercials. Past commissions include music for the 2007 Grand Opening of the Miami Center for the Performing Arts, 2010 Circus Luminous, score for “Woven Songs of the Amazon”, and score for “Haiti Burden of Aid”. He also has numerous credits as both a session musician, producer, and educator. He is a mixing engineer and curriculum developer Empowerment Through Music which teaches music production to incarcerated youth within the Bernalillo County Detention Center. He currently lives with his family in Los Angeles, CA.