Miguel talks about his new works, and the method behind his musical styles.
"Miguel Zenón is creating a new jazz language for the 21st century."
-The MacArthur Foundation
February 4 • 8:00pm
Miguel Zenón - alto saxophone
Luis Perdomo - piano
Hans Glawischnig - bass
Henry Cole - drums
and Big Band
Join us for a Community Conversation with Miguel after the performance!
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Miguel Zenón and an array of supporting talent present a world premiere song cycle reflecting the myriad ways in which Puertoriqqueños define their identity. No matter the location - be it New York, New Jersey or countless places around the world - those that have emigrated from La Isla del Encanto (The Enchanted Isle) have a story to tell, and all would do well to listen.
Over the past ten years, Miguel Zenón has blazed an incendiary trail across the jazz pantheon by consistently challenging the established notions of what jazz can be. His fusion of Puerto Rican “plena” music with traditional jazz has been universally praised for its bold rhythms and innovative style. There may be numerous ways to describe who we are and where we come from, but there is only one Miguel Zenón.
Commissioned by Peak Performances at Montclair State (NJ). This presentation of Puerto Rico Nació en Mi: Tales from the Diaspora is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.