Miguel Zenon & Laurent Coq's Rayuela

Miguel Zenon & Laurent Coq's Rayuela



MIGUEL ZENON has released five recordings as a leader, the latest, "Esta Plena", was nominated for Two Grammy Awards. Zenón is a founding member of the SF Jazz Collective and has performed and recorded with, among others: Charlie Haden, David Sanchez, Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Coleman, Guillermo Klein, The Mingus Big Band, Joshua Redman, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Nicholas Payton. In 2008 he was awarded both a Guggenheim Grant in composition and a McArthur Genius Grant. Zenon is currently working on his next recording, "Alma Adentro": The Puerto Rican Songbook.

LAURENT COQ was born in Marseille and grew up in the country side, near Aix-en-Provence. After studying classical music for twelve years (First Prize in 1988 at Aix-en-Provence Conservatory) he moved to Paris in 1988 to devote himself to Jazz. In 1994, he obtained a Grant from the French Government for a six months stay in New York. He studied with pianists Mulgrew Miller and John Hicks, but most notably he studied with Bruce Barth who continues to be a mentor to him today. At age 40, Laurent Coq has released eight albums as a leader (including a movie score with a symphonic orchestra) and his playing as well as his original compositions have gained him international acclaim. Coq has won several awards ( including the 2005 Best French Record for Spinnin') and was nominated twice as Best French Jazz Artist of the year by the Jazz Academy in Paris. He has written several movie scores and is an in-demand pianist on both sides of the Atlantic (Julien Lourau, Pierrick Pedron, Elisabeth Kontomanou, Sam Sadigursky). He currently resides in Paris.

Cellist/Trombonist/Composer DANA LEONG fuses hip-hop, jazz and electronics to create a signature boundless sound. Often referred to as a "hi-def Yo-Yo Ma," Dana's pioneering fusion of electronic music and ethereal jazz sensualities has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences worldwide. Whether as a performer, composer, collaborator, or recording producer, he has worked with top artists including Dafnis Prieto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Wynton Marsalis, Yoko Ono, and Kanye West, to name a few.

DAN WEISS started playing the drums at the age of 6. He studied privately since he began. His main teacher as a child and teenager was Jeff Krause. While in high school he studied classical piano and classical composition. He studied drums and composition at the Manhattan School of music. Dan also studied frame drums with Jamey Hadaad. Dan has been studying tabla for the last nine years exclusively under the guidance of his guru Pandit Samir Chatterjee. He has performed and or recorded with David Binney, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Miguel Zenon, Wayne Krantz, Kenny Werner, Ritchie Beirach, Ben Monder, Uri Caine, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Ravi Coltrane and many others. He has been touring Europe and North America extensively for the past seven years with many different projects. He has also played in South America and Asia and has recorded for Omnitone, Fresh Sound/New Talent, Arabesque, Pi, Criss cross, Between The Lines, Act, Hat Hut, and Auand record labels.


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