Miguel Zenón Quartet: Esta Plena

Miguel Zenón Quartet: Esta Plena

Miguel Zenón

Esta Plena with Tito Matos
& Viento de Agua Unplugged

Friday, May 23, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Miguel Zenón

Miguel Zenón Quartet: Esta Plena

Miguel Zenón

Esta Plena with Tito Matos
& Viento de Agua Unplugged

Friday, May 23, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Tito Matos

Miguel Zenón: Esta Plena

Night two of Miguel Zenón’s residency features Zenón’s telepathic quartet augmented by percussion master Héctor “Tito” MatosViento de Agua ensemble, and focuses on the rhythmically-charged material from the leader’s fusion of jazz and Puerto Rican folk music, Esta Plena. In 1998, Zenón won a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, which allowed the saxophonist and composer the freedom to create without financial restrictions. The result was an extensive exploration of Zenón’s roots and a study of plena, a genre of music and dance indigenous to Puerto Rico that the composer describes as “a by-product of Spanish Colonization, combining African rhythmic syncopations with European harmonies and melodic cadences.” A folkloric style born in the poverty-stricken barrios of southern Puerto Rico, plena has always been an outlet for social commentary and criticism – aspects which directly parallel the development of jazz at the start of the 20th century. Seeing the shared African influences in plena and jazz, Zenón found a natural blend between the disciplines, and this infectious, exciting and deeply personal project was born.

 

About Miguel Zenón

A founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective, Miguel Zenón is the most celebrated altoist of his generation, a multi Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow who has extended jazz’s conceptual reach with a series of albums exploring the music of his native Puerto Rico. Deepening his relationship with SFJAZZ as a Resident Artistic Director, Zenón presents a series of projects that showcase his ever-expanding vision as a composer inspired by West Africa and an ingenious interpreter of the folkloric and popular music of Puerto Rico.

 

"The instrumental prowess of Zenon's playing, the vigor of his compositions and the sensitivity of his band to Puerto Rican song forms point to new possibilities in jazz " — Chicago Tribune
"This young musician and composer is at once reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of jazz while creating an entirely new jazz language for the 21st century. " — MacArthur Foundation