Jon da Silva-Spence
AlmaLuAlma's Band Members are Jon da Silva-Spence, Songwriter, Singer, guitarist and harpist,
Grai Pashak, who plays the accordion, congas, bongos and other percussions,
and Brian Spence, who plays the timbales and other percussions.
The Band is based out of Calgary and the members have been together for over five years.
Even though AlmaLuAlma is based in Calgary, the Band can perform anywhere in Canada and around the World.
Their music is diverse, eclectic, rhythmic and melodic with a very special vibe that is excellent for dancing, singing along to, and for just having a fun time.
AlmaLuAlma's music is sung in more than five languages, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Latin and in some Patois dialects. AlmaLuAlma's music encompasses genres from around the world. The music is considered Worldbeat, Latin and Caribbean. It has musical flavours which are classic, contemporary, and has compositions that are spectacular, specifically made for AlmaLuAlma, by Songwriter Jon da Silva-Spence.
The Band has played in many places, mainly in Calgary, over the last several years. In 2016 AlmaLuAlma's Band has done over one hundred performances at Restaurants, Seniors Residential Homes, Private Parties, Festivals, one major Casino, and other Social and Cultural Organizations.
As the reputation of the Band grows, it is now planning to perform in Ontario, British Colombia, Florida, the Caribbean and Brazil in the next year. AlmaLuAlma has a very diverse and busy schedule planned for Calgary for the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2017. And the Band is planning more Performances outside of Calgary after the Fall of 2017.
In November 2016, AlmaLuAlma released its first CD called Yellow Bird. The CD Release was very successful in that it raised the profile of the Band through the publicity for the event and the CD. As a result, AlmaLuAlma is planning to Release two more CDs in the next six months. In addition to this, the Band Members will endeavour to have AlmaLuAlma's music played on several radio stations in Calgary and North America. AlmaLuAlma is also embarking on a full marketing plan that is targeting social media, to release their music, videos and information of their planned events.
Come to AlmaLuAlma's Concerts and Performances! These are filled with fun, laughter and great music! Purchase our Yellow Bird CD from this website and join AlmaLuAlma's mailing list to get updates (also get a free download of their song "Yellow Bird"). Be part of a successful musical journey of fun and love!
- See below AlmaLuAlma's musical story, shared in a fun picture gallery!
Jon da Silva-Spence
Jon da Silva-Spence is a Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist and Harpist. Jon was born in Georgetown, Guyana, South America, and has lived in Canada from a young age. In Guyana, Jon learned music and to play the Guitar from the Ursuline Sisters. Jon Sang in Choirs from the age of 8 years and started songwriting, singing, playing the guitar and performing solo at 14 years old.
As a youth, Jon sang in a national hand-picked school choir in Guyana, singing for dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Fidel Castro, Indira Ghandi and many other dignitaries while on State visits to the newly independent Guyana in South America.
Jon went on to Perform at Concerts and festivals gaining popularity and winning a Prestigious award at the Guyana Music Festival for his composition "Cook-up Rice" and his group placing third in the National Dance competition. Jon also led a youth group in Guyana for three years which performed Folk Music and Dance and released two of his musical compositions, which were recorded at Radio Demerara, and which had radio time for two years in Guyana.
In Canada, Jon has performed off and on in Clubs, Churches, Festivals and Parties. As a Social Worker, Jon used music as therapy with some of his clientele.
In 2003 Jon began playing the harp which he felt was esoteric and needed to be added to his already great repertoire of musical skills. The harp, he felt, reached audiences in a deep and profound way.
In 2011, Jon and a group of friends formed what is now known as AlmaLuAlma and the group started by performing for Senior Residential Homes in Calgary. Within a year, Jon and friends were successfully performing at many homes and other venues.
Today, Jon is a seasoned and experienced performer, with exceptional musical abilities. He is especially skillful in reaching audiences and producing and sharing the magic of fun, laughter and joy.
Jon is instrumental in leading the Band with the support and assistance of the other Band Members.
Jon believes very passionately that AlmaLuAlma's music is Love!
Grai Pashak is AlmaLuAlma's Drummer and Accordion player. Grai was born in Calgary, Alberta and played the accordion from a young age to now. He is one of the founding members of AlmaLuAlma's Band and contributes in many ways. Grai is a hard working musician, and apart from being an accomplished conga and bongo artist, he is hard at work in the area of recording and helping to build the sound of the group through his creativity.
Grai is influenced by the British Ska movement and many Latin American Artists and Bands in terms of his style of playing the congas and bongos. He has developed a unique style for these drums which are considered very difficult to learn especially if one has not played them from a very young age. Grai's personality and musical abilities are an inspiration and a vital component of AlmaLuAlma's success.
Brian Spence is a Percussionist for AlmaLuAlma Band. Born in Guyana, South America, and immigrated to Britain at a young age, he later moved to Canada. Brian has been involved in music in numerous bands in England and later in Calgary. He plays the guitar and harmonica and he now plays the Timbales and other percussion instruments over the past five years for AlmaLuAlma. Brian subtleness in his style, contributes in a positive way to the overall vibe and sound of the Band. Brian is a dedicated and positive Band member. He supports and contributes to the development of AlmaLuAlma.