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Original music for the Miguel Zenón Quartet, inspired by the sound we've developed as a working band over the past 15 years.
Original music for the Miguel Zenón Quartet, inspired by the sound we've developed as a working band over the past 15 years.
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    Típico (spanish): Characteristic to a region or group of people

The Miguel Zenon Quartet, which includes Luis Perdomo on Piano, Hans Glawischnig on Bass, Henry Cole on the drums and myself on Alto Saxophone, has been making music for over the past 15 years. During that time we've travelled all over the world and have played countless of shows together, developing a chemistry and relationship that can only be attained by many years of experience as an ensemble. 

The music on this recording is inspired by the musical language we've developed together over this time. I wrote music that I felt represented us as a band and showcased the things we do well. In addition, a few of the pieces were drawn directly out of musical ideas that came from my fellow band members; I transcribed what I felt are a some of their most recognizable and characteristical phrases and used these as springboards for some of the compositions. 

I'm very aware of how difficult it is to keep a working band together on this day and age, so I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with 3 of the greatest musicians I've ever met for more than a decade and half, and consider myself very fortunate to count them as some of my closest friends.

Miguel Zenón Quartet after recording "Típico"
Miguel Zenón Quartet after recording "Típico"

 

Even though we've made many recordings together, this is our first solely Quartet recording since 2005, so it marks a very special occasion for us. Our previous release, "Identities Are Changeable" was made possible in part thanks to a very successful crowdfunding campaign on this same platform. It was nominated for a Grammy Award and selected as one of the best jazz releases of 2014. We are all very happy about the way "Típico" came together and are working very hard to achieve the same level of success as with our previous release. Having said that, we'll need all the help we can get to be able to get this one out there. We are asking for $14,000 to help round up the fees for all these amazing musicians, the studio costs for recording, mixing and mastering plus the costs of design, duplication and marketing. We are shooting for a February, 2017 official release.

The project is being produced 100% independently; there are no record labels or distributors behind this, just me...and hopefully you:). We've put together a good bunch of rewards, including some bonus tracks which will not be available anywhere else but on this crowdfunding platform. The tracks are arrangements of two very beautiful compositions taken from the Modern Latin American Songbook: "La Novia Que Nunca Tuve" (by Pablo Milanés) and "As Vitrines" (by Chico Buarque). You can preview those tracks here and here. I'm confident on the quality of the project and hope you'll find that this is something that deserves your support.

Thank you very much for your attention and consideration.

Miguel Zenón.

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