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Miguel Zenon Quartet
A recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and MacArthur Fellowship, or genius grant, Miguel Zenón has been recognized for drawing from a variety of jazz idioms and the music of his native Puerto Rico to create complex, accessible sounds that overflow with emotion. Originating in 19th-century Ponce, Puerto Rico, plena combines African rhythmic syncopations with European harmonies and melodic cadences. Zenón combines the plena with the dynamism of contemporary jazz in a new 10-part suite inspired by return visits to his birthplace. His 2009 release, Esta Plena was nominated for a Grammy as Best Latin Jazz Album.
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