Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo – El Arte Del Bolero

  • Saturday February, 11th 2023
  • 8:00 PM
  • Bal Blomet
  • 25 €

“This young musician and composer simultaneously restores the artistic, cultural and social tradition of jazz while creating a whole new jazz language for the 21st century” Multiple Grammy® Award nominee, named by Downbeat magazine as the world's greatest alto saxophonist, Guggenheim and MacArthur scholarship holder, Miguel Zenón is one of those few musicians who have masterfully balanced the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Considered one of the most innovative and influential saxophonists of his generation, Miguel Zenón has also developed a unique voice as a composer and designer, focusing his efforts on fine-tuning a subtle blend between Latin folk music American and jazz. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has recorded and toured with a wide variety of musicians including Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman. He is also a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective. Born in 1971 in Caracas, Perdomo, from the age of 12, plays on Venezuelan television and radio channels, but he eventually realizes that he should go to New York to fulfill his musical destiny. “Being in a more competitive and challenging environment was a big change that I welcomed,” he says. In 1993 Perdomo moved to New York and enrolled on a full scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Harold Danko and classical pianist Martha Pestalozzi, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1997. Perdomo went on to studied with the pianist extraordinaire, Sir Roland Hanna at Queens College and graduated with an MA in 2000. "Studying with Sir Roland Hanna..." I began to look at jazz and classical music in a new and deeper way and my game has evolved accordingly.” Perdomo appeared on over two hundred records and became a top notch accompanist for artists like Dave Douglas, David Sanchez, Tom Harrell, Steve Turre, Ben Wolfe, Ray Barretto, Brian Lynch, David Gilmore, Conrad Herwig, Ignacio Berroa , Ralph Irizarry and Timbalaye and other great musicians. He was a member of the Ravi Coltrane Quartet for ten years, and is a founding member of the Miguel Zenon Quartet. Perdomo has recorded on three Grammy-nominated CDs: Coltrane's Influx, and Ze non's Esta Plena and Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook. Perdomo's recordings as a frontman include: Focus Point (2005), Awareness (2006), Pathways (2008), Universal Mind (2012), critically acclaimed, with Jack DeJohnnette and Drew Gress, The Infancia Project (2012) and Links (2013). On September 28, the Puerto Rican saxophonist and the Venezuelan pianist recorded live at the Jazz Gallery in New York, without an audience, in a single take, this magnificent collection of duo boleros, extending an exciting work on the Latin American repertoire. The musicians seize upon these standards, familiar melodies beyond South America, which send them back to the memory of their parents and grandparents, and which, like Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, establish their bond to music and jazz, to offer an unaffected rereading of them, in one go, faithful to the imprint that the tunes of our childhood leave in each of us.

Miguel Zenon – Saxophone
Luis Perdomo – Piano


June 2023

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