Miguel Zenón’s new recording Yo Soy la Tradición featuring the Spektral Quartet. It’s ambitious concert-length work for string quartet and saxophone, drawing upon the rich cultural-folkloric traditions of Puerto Rico and expressed
through the modernist lens of Zenón’s compositions.
The album will be released on September 21 via Miel Music and they have CD release concerts in Chicago, IL; Ripon, WI; Amherst and Boston, MA and Washington, DC.
“Oscillating between hushed brilliance and a combination of drama, elegance and kinetic energy, Zenón’s latest masterpiece almost forces the mind’s eye to visualize a movement-centric version of this work.” – Jennifer Odell, DownBeat.
Yo Soy la Tradición, commissioned by the David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, is a collection of eight works for alto saxophone and string quartet which feature Zenón and the Chicago-based, internationally renowned Spektral Quartet. These chamber works reach far beyond the formula of a horn backed by strings, with the Spektral Quartet taking a central role in both driving and navigating the intricate compositional forms that are a trademark of the saxophonist’s music.
About The Artists
Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone
Spektral Quartet: Clara Lyon, violin / Maeve Feinberg, violin / Doyle Armbrust, viola / Russell Rolen, cello
- About Miguel Zeno_n
A multiple Grammy® nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, Zeno_n is one of a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, Zeno_n has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American folkloric music and jazz. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zeno_n has recorded and toured with a wide variety of musicians including Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman and is a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective.
- About Spektral Quartet Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. With its most recent album described by Gramophone as “highly-interactive, creative and collaborative…unlike anything its intended audience-or anyone else-has ever heard,” Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.