Miguel Zenón Quartet
Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.
From bubbling rhythms and engrossing tunes to traditionally-rooted subjects and musical forms, the music of Puerto Rico native Miguel Zenón is the epitome of Latin jazz. A composer, improviser, saxophonist and MacArthur Fellow, Zenón combines the sounds of his homeland with contemporary complexity and innovation to create what the MacArthur Foundation has called “an entirely new jazz language for the 21st century.” His records are an immersive experience, animating cultural sounds such as the intoxicating plena and the centuries-old jíbara.
Zenón collaborates with his long standing quartet members, Austrian bassist Hans Glawischnig, Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo and Puerto Rican drummer Henry Cole. A lover of complex mathematical systems, Zenón has developed a highly specialized compositional approach shared now between the members of his band. Their music is as approachable and kinetic as it is erudite and exploratory, a relic of the social history that inspires so many of Zenón’s touchstones. On the new album “Sonero,” Zenón’s liquid alto tone and the quartet’s ensemble playing brings to life the songs of salsa singer and songwriter Ismael Rivera, pulling regional influences into a worldwide exchange. While visiting The Clarice, Zenón will lead a Jazz Clinic and Ethnomusicology Colloquium with students of the School of Music. During the 2020–21 season he made three virtual visits to classes in the School of Music.
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