Puerto Rican Saxophone Virtuoso Miguel Zenón Explores His Heritage with New Multimedia Production in New York

Miguel Zenón
Miguel Zenón
Puerto Rican alto saxophonist, composer, and arranger Miguel Zenón will explore the complexities and contradictions of the Puerto Rican experience on Saturday, December 7 at 9:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, New York. Zenón’s latest work is a multimedia presentation honoring his homeland titled Identities Are Changeable: Tales from the Diaspora.

The evening-length song cycle and video installation -created in collaboration with video artist and co-founder of the Marginal Utility gallery in Philadelphia, David Dempewolf- delves into the experience of Puerto Ricans who have moved to the mainland, particularly New York City, and was inspired by a series of interviews that Zenón conducted with them. Audio and video excerpts of these interviews are woven throughout.

Noted by the MacArthur Foundation in 2008 as a young musician that is “at once reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of jazz while creating an entirely new jazz language for the 21st century,” Zenón, a Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, is considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation. Zenón has released seven recordings as a leader including Rayuela (2012), Oye Live in Puerto Rico and the Grammy Award-nominated Alma Adentro (2011).

For this concert, he is joined by severalf luminary jazz contemporaries including members of his quartet—pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Henry Cole. Additional ensemble members include trombonists Tim Albright, Alan Ferber, and Ryan Keberle; trumpeters Mat Jodrell, Jonathan Powell, Michael Rodriguez, and Alexander Norris; alto saxophonists Will Vinson and Michael Thomas; tenor saxophonists John Ellis and Samir Zarif; and baritone saxophonist Chris Cheek.

Prior to this performance, starting at 8:30 p.m., ticketholders are invited to enjoy Late Nights at Zankel Hall, a laid-back pre-concert experience. The first 200 ticketholders to arrive will receive a complimentary drink courtesy of Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visit carnegiehall.org/latenights.

Program Information

Saturday, December 7 at 9:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall

Miguel Zenón, Alto Saxophone
Luis Perdomo, Piano
Hans Glawischnig, Bass
Henry Cole, Drums
Will Vinson, Alto Saxophone
Michael Thomas, Alto Saxophone
John Ellis, Tenor Saxophone
Samir Zarif, Tenor Saxophone
Chris Cheek, Baritone Saxophone
Mat Jodrell, Trumpet
Jonathan Powell, Trumpet
Michael Rodriguez, Trumpet
Alexander Norris, Trumpet
Tim Albright, Trombone
Alan Ferber, Trombone
Ryan Keberle, Trombone
David Dempewolfe, Videographer

Ticket Information

Single tickets, priced at $43 and $50, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online by visiting carnegiehall.org.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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