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Miguel Zenón

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Multiple Grammy Award nominee, Guggenheim Fellow and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón is one of few musicians who has masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix of Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has released ten recordings as a leader, including “Típico” (2017) and the Grammy-nominated “Identitites Are Changeable” (2014). In addition, he topped both the Jazz Artist of the Year and Alto Saxophonist categories on the 2014 Jazz Times Critics Poll and was selected in 2015 as Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association.

As a composer he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, The New York State Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, Logan Center for The Arts, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Jazz Reach, Peak Performances, PRISM Quartet and many others. Zenón has given hundreds of lectures and master classes at institutions around the world, and is a faculty member at The New England Conservatory of Music. In 2011 he founded Caravana Cultural, a program which presents free-of-charge jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico.