Born: August 13, 1972
Guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas epitomizes a new wave of emerging artists who are an integral part of New York’s flourishing music scene. Born in Barcelona, Spain and residing permanently in New York, his compositions transcend and yet merge different genres, cultures and styles with fluidity, garce and power. His style has been described at WNYC as “transnational cool”. Although his music can be called “jazz”, it crosses the boundaries of traditional music labeling, blending the idiom through original compositions with hints of flamenco and South America grooves.
After graduating cum lade from The Berklee College of Music, Oscar returned to Barcelona to hone his chops by performing in Festivals and local jazz venues. He recorded his first two albums with The Oscar Peñas Group for the label Fresh Sound New Talent: “Astronautus” (2003) and “The Return of Astronautus” (2006). In 2005 he returned to the USA to earn his Masters degree in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory where he studied with Danilo Perez and Charlie Banacos among others. After graduation Oscar made New York his home....
- Astronautus by AAJ Staff
“Peñas is a guitarist with a classy, mahogany hued aesthetic.” Michael Jackson, Downbeat
“There are many excellent CDs released every year in the realm of jazz, but it remains a rare occurrence when an album takes the listener on a unique journey from start to finish. Maybe it's because Oscar Penas, the superb guitar player who wrote all eight compositions on From Now On,”… Ron Netsky, Rochester City Newspaper
From Now On is one of those romantic albums that grasps hold of you quickly...
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Credentials/BackgroundTaller de Músics, Faculty, Barcelona, Spain, 2000-05 Taught electric and acoustic guitar, beginners to advanced, ages 10- 50 Reading, harmony, repertoire, accompaniment, technique, jazz articulation, improvisation Jazz ensembles. Two jazz ensembles per semester, beginners to intermediate, working on repertoire and improvisation concepts...