Miguel Zenón: Golden City Suite
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Miguel Zenón
Golden City Suite

Miguel Zenón

MAY 7–10 | World Premieres

May 07 - May 08, 2020
Miner Auditorium
ThuMay 7
7:30 PM

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FriMay 8
7:30 PM

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Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón is a monster musician, and Golden City Suite, his musical tribute to the immigrant communities of San Francisco, is the latest proof. Commissioned by the Hewlett Foundation and SFJAZZ, the 75-minute suite draws inspiration from Zenón’s own research. Over the past year, the MacArthur “genius award” winner – a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective — has conducted interviews in the city’s Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, African-American and other ethnic communities.

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Golden City will feature Zenón’s own blazing work as a saxophonist. Few improvisers operate at his level: He combines “sheer romance, sanctified spirit and mathematical precision. When his solos get moving, he rocks back on his heels and the notes just fly, like blizzards of diamonds” (San Jose Mercury News). During his 15 seasons with the SFJAZZ Collective, Zenón emerged as “one of the important contemporary revisers of Latin jazz” (The New York Times). Combining his deep knowledge of Caribbean folk forms and grooves with advanced compositional techniques, he now ranks among the most uniquely ambitious composers in all of jazz. A native of Puerto Rico and a longtime New Yorker, Zenón is a master of polyrhythms. As National Public Radio once stated it in a report, he “likes to stack beats on top of each other. But he doesn’t do it for the novelty. As he explains, he’s also trying to tell a story about multiple national identities.” In Golden City Suite, Zenón tells his latest epic tale.

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Armed with new perspectives on the contributions of immigrants to San Francisco and its evolution, Zenón now has composed his extended work for a large ensemble of top-tier New York musicians.

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

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

Personnel

Miguel Zenón alto saxophone
Diego Urcola trumpet & valve trombone
Jacob Garchik trombone & euphonium
Alan Ferber trombone
Miles Okazaki guitar
Matt Mitchell piano
Chris Tordini bass
Dan Weiss drums
Daniel Diaz percussion

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

Personnel

Miguel Zenón alto saxophone
Diego Urcola trumpet & valve trombone
Jacob Garchik trombone & euphonium
Alan Ferber trombone
Miles Okazaki guitar
Matt Mitchell piano
Chris Tordini bass
Dan Weiss drums
Daniel Diaz percussion

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

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