OUR 2015 GUEST ARTISTS WERE
Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón representsa select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the oftencontradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the mostgroundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed aunique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting afine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.
Born and raised in San Juan,Puerto Rico, Zenón has released nine recordings as a leader, including Identities are Changeable (2014) and the Grammy Nominated Alma Adentro (2011). As a sideman he hasworked with jazz luminaries such as The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, The Mingus BigBand, Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanchez, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner and Steve Coleman. Zenón has been featured in articles on publications such as The New York Times, The WallStreet Journal, The Los Angeles Times, as well as gracing the cover of Downbeat Magazineon two occasions (2010 and 2014). As a composer he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, The New York State Council for theArts, Chamber Music America, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and many of hispeers. Zenón has given hundreds of lectures and master classes at institutions all over theworld, and is a permanent faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music. In 2011he founded Caravana Cultural, a program which presents free-of-charge Jazz concerts inrural areas of Puerto Rico. In April 2008 Zenón received a fellowship from the prestigiousJohn Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Later that year he was one of 25 distinguishedindividuals chosen to receive the coveted MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “GeniusGrant”.
Previous year's guest artists have included:
Michael Janisch QuintetJerry Bergonzi TrioWycliffe Gordon QuartetByron StriplingMichael Weiss QuartetDave Pietro Quartet
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