Miguel Zenón's 'Identities: Tales from the Diaspora'

Miguel Zenón's 'Identities: Tales from the Diaspora'


Miguel Zenón's Identities:
Tales from the Diaspora

Multimedia Big Band Concert

Saturday, June 1, 8:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Resident Artistic Director Miguel Zenón

Miguel Zenón's 'Identities Are Changeable: Tales from the Diaspora'

Zenón presents another West Coast premiere with Identities Are Changeable: Tales From the Diaspora, his most ambitious project yet. A song cycle for his quartet augmented by a 12-piece big band and video installation by David Dempewolf, the evening-length work explores the experience of Puerto Ricans who have moved to the mainland, particularly New York City. Inspired by a series of interviews Zenón conducted with Nuyoricans, Identities weaves audio and video excerpts throughout the cycle.

About Miguel Zenón

As a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective in 2004, Miguel Zenón was a conspicuously talented, largely unknown 27-year-old saxophonist getting set to release his second album. Almost a decade later, 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 Puerto Rico, where he was born. 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.

Artist Personnel

Miguel Zenón alto saxophone
Luis Perdomo piano
Hans Glawischnig bass
Henry Cole drums

David Dempewolf videographer

Will Vinson alto sax
Michael Thomas alto sax
John Ellis tenor sax
Samir Zarif tenor sax
Chris Cheek baritone sax
Mat Jodrell trumpet
Michael Rodriguez trumpet
Johnathan Powell trumpet
Alex Norris trumpet
Jacob Garchik trombone
Alan Ferber trombone
Timothy Albright trombone

Artist Website

"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
"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