Born: July 14 Primary Instrument: Piano
There is always a sense of exhilaration associated with a musical artist whose time has come. When all those years of study, practice, performance and dedication reach a point of manifestation. This is precisely the case with pianist Brenda Hopkins Miranda, whose latest effort “Recuerdos de Granada” has caused quite a commotion in the Puerto Rican music scene. This is in recognition of a steady and brilliant career which has gained momentum with inspiring results.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Brenda Hopkins Miranda is the consummate musician, having excelled as pianist, composer, arranger, improviser, band leader, writer and educator. She holds a Bachelors degree in Classical Piano from the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, a Masters degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory in Boston, and completed Doctoral Studies in Musicology from the Universidad de Granada in Spain. From 2003-2006 Hopkins Miranda was appointed Director of the Music Program of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. She has also been on the staff at the Inter American University Metropolitan Campus, where she taught improvisation, piano, harmony and other courses. She has been an active mentor in master classes, seminars and workshops at diverse institutions and taught privately. As an academic author her music related articles have been published in various newspapers and magazines....
Source: James Nadal
“Pianista, educadora, compositora, arreglista y persona largamente vinculada al quehacer cultural del pais, Brenda Hopkins Miranda es una de nuestras jazzistas más destacadas. Ahora acaba de añadir a su resumé una página luminosa, cargada de originalidad y sentimiento.
Sin abandonar su estilo -frecuentemente percusivo e intenso, y con frases o patrones melódicos que casi hipnotizan por su insistencia- Brenda Hopkins ha incorporado a su obra una gran tradición musical, de la manera más natural y orgánica posible. Y de paso, nos brinda una de las mejores grabaciones de jazz que se han hecho en el pais.” -Rafael Vega Curry-El Nuevo Dia, San Juan
“Brenda Hopkins, one of the island’s most widely acclaimed and innovative Latin jazz pianists, arrangers and composers, draws on her life experiences to express herself through her music. The result is her newest album “Recuerdos de Granada/Memoirs from Granada”, which fuses Latin jazz and Middle Eastern sounds with flamenco. …seductive, and upbeat production is comprised of 12 originals that alternate between fast-slow tempos and rhythmic plays as well as mood swings.” -Ian Malinow- Puerto Rico Daily Sun