MacArthur fellow Miguel Zenón is writing a new concert-length work for himself to perform with the Spektral Quartet, to be premiered in September 2016 at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. The composition will take on four major categories of Puerto Rican music: Musica Jibara, Plena, Bomba, and Danza (which is widely considered “Puerto Rico’s Chamber Music”). The piece will consist of eight movements, two in each category.

“Like most countries in Latin America, music has a very special place in Puerto Rican everyday life. It oozes out of every street corner, it springs out of every conversation. Even the most basic human interactions seem to have some kind of musical cadence to it.

Puerto Rican music is an integral part of who I am, and my ultimate goal as an artist would be to synthesize and express everything it means to me.”
— Miguel Zenón

About Miguel Zenón

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