Rafael Luna

A musician, performer, composer, and educator

Born in Sylmar, Ca, December 29 1989 , The San Fernando Valley Area , Los Angeles into a Family of immigrants from central and south america. He was always around all kinds of music in especially from his cultural background; world music and improvisation based. At age 12, Started to be involved in music as a career for the future and ever since then he has strived to be the best in what he does, play the flute in all aspects of music and be in the overall process as a musician; perform, compose, arrange, educate, produce, among other skills. He took the challenge of taking up flute and be able to revolutionize it overall. He started music as a classically trained musician and then expanded after that to different realms of music. Being immensely and widely diverse, His focus ever since starting jazz and improvisation has been to make the flute more widely respected and known. His main focus as an artist is to be a complete musician no matter what style or genre he may be set upon. He has been a part of several ensembles since starting his musical career being in Concert Bands, Honors Ensembles, Marching Bands, Chamber Ensembles, Wind Symphonies, Symphony Orchestras, Jazz Bands, Jazz Combos, Choirs, Contemporary/Fusion Bands, Church Ensembles, Latin and World Music Ensembles; Mariachi Bands, Folklore Ensembles, Salsa Bands, Latin Jazz Ensembles, Norteño/Banda Ensembles, Ensembles of all sizes as well as solo unaccompanied. He has a great love and passion for music so he plays it all in every context which is always a challenge and learning process. The basis of his experience, is to never stop learning and developing as an Artist, in which progressing and finding a way to go to deeper levels is fundamental in context and through his artcraft; Music.

He has performed and has had musical instruction with World Renowned Artists of all genres/styles, such as, Matthew Krejci, Caryl Mae Scott, Paul Novros, Brian Schlegel, Art Holton, Phil O’Connor, Mike Vax, Bob McChesney, Scott Colley, Kenny Werner, Antonio Sanchez, Sal Lozano, David Sanchez, Eric Marienthal, Andy Martin, Rick Shaw, Gordon Goodwin, Gilbert Castellanos, Bob Mintzer, Charles McNeal, Mic Gillette, Wynton Marsalis, Victor Nani, Agbel, Woody Aplanalp, Paul Berkolds, Jacqueline Bobak, David Roitstein, Larry Koonse, Joe LaBarbera, Houman Pourmehdi, Allan Vogel, Miroslav Tadic, Rachel Rudich, James Galway, Jim Walker, Robert Dick, Carol Wincenc, Michael Pisaro, Darek Oles, Andrew McIntosh, Marc Lowenstein, Anne LeBaron, Steve Lehman, Ulrich Krieger, Aashish Khan, Eyvind Kang, Alphonso Johnson, David Johnson, Alex Iles, Andrew Grueschow, Vinny Golia, Randy Gloss, John Fumo, Julie Feves, Swapan Chaudhuri, Pirayeh Pourafar, Mark Menzies, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Zach Brown, Javier Santiago, Lucas Pino, Brian Chahley, Colin Stranahan, Jonathan Kreisberg, Randy Brecker, Kudsi Erguner, Art Lande, Bobby Bradford, David Binney, Eddie Gomez, Brad Mehldau, Taylor Eigsti, Marcus Hampton and Wadada Leo Smith among others.