Jon da Silva-Spence
AlmaLuAlma's Band Members are Jon da Silva-Spence, Songwriter, Singer, guitarist and harpist and
Grai Pashak, who plays the accordion, congas, bongos and other percussions.
The Band is based out of Calgary and has been together for over five years.
The Band can perform anywhere in Canada and around the World.
AlmaLuAlma's music is diverse, eclectic, rhythmic and melodic with a very special vibe that is excellent for dancing, singing along to, and just having a fun time.
AlmaLuAlma offers music in more than five languages, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Latin and in some Patois dialects. AlmaLuAlma embraces several genres of music from around the world. That is why their music is considered World-beat, Latin and Caribbean. It has musical flavours which are classic, contemporary, and then, there are song compositions, written by Jon that are spectacular and specifically made for AlmaLuAlma's Band.
The Band has played in many places, mainly in Calgary, over the last several years. By 2018 AlmaLuAlma had done over two hundred performances at Restaurants, Seniors Residential Homes, Private Parties, Festivals, a 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 2019. And the Band is planning more Performances outside of Calgary after the Fall of 2018.
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 itself. As a result, AlmaLuAlma is planning to Release two more CDs in the next six months. In addition to this, the Band 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 will use social media to release their music, videos and information of their scheduled events.
Come and join the fun and entertainment at AlmaLuAlma's Concerts and Performances! These are filled with joy, laughter and great music! To support the Band you can purchase their 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"). You are invited to be part of a successful musical journey of fun and love!
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 Guyana, South America, and has lived in Canada for many years. Jon learned music and to play the Guitar from the Ursuline Sisters in Guyana, South America. 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 Folk Dance competition. Jon also led a youth group in Guyana for four years which performed Folk Music, Dances and volunteer work for the poor, the elderly, and the sick. During this time his group called SJG released two of his musical compositions, which were recorded at Radio Demerara, and had radio time for two years in Guyana.
In Canada, Jon has performed off and on in Clubs, at Weddings, for Funerals, in Church Choirs, at Festivals and Parties. As a Social Worker, Jon used music as therapy with many 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. Especially those who suffer with cognitive illnesses.
In 2011, Jon and a group of friends formed Sing Out My Soul which grew into what is now known as AlmaLuAlma. Initially, 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.
Now, 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, joy and his musical abilities.
Jon is instrumental in co-leading the Band with the vital support and assistance of Grai Pashak.
Jon believes very passionately that AlmaLuAlma is about Love!
Grai Pashak is AlmaLuAlma's Drummer and Accordion player. Grai was born in Calgary, Alberta and went to school for years, from a young age, to perfect playing the accordion. He is one of the founding members of AlmaLuAlma's Band, together with Jon and Brian Spence, who is now a guest musician. Grai's contributions to the Band includes the music, accounting, recording, advice and information on music production and much more. 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 and rock movement and through his travels, many Latin American Artists and Bands. His style of playing the congas, bongos and other percussion instruments is unique. He has worked diligently to learn patterns which are considered difficult on the congas and bongos. Grai's personality and musical abilities are an inspiration to the group and a vital component of AlmaLuAlma's success.