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Brenda Hopkins Miranda was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is currently doing trio (piano, bass and drums), quartet (piano, guitar, bass and drums) and piano solo concerts. Having grown up with the sounds that encompass Puerto Rican and Caribbean music, she has continued to expand her essence by adding soul, blues, funk, jazz, classical, bluegrass, rock, flamenco and all sorts of multicultural influences. Her music is influenced and inspired by a diverse list of artists that includes Radiohead, Nina Simone, Robert Plant, GoGo Penguin, The Chemical Brothers, Melody Gardot, Avishai Cohen and Nik Bärtsch. As a bandleader Hopkins Miranda has released six recordings of original music on her BHM label: “Boricua on Board,” (1998) “Bohemia,” (1999), “Recuerdos de Granada/Memoirs of Granada.” (2009), “Simple” (2012), “Aeropiano” (2014) and “Puentes” (2017). Brenda is known for her expressive sensibilities, daring compositions, powerful grooves and fearless improvisations. Undoubtedly her #1 passion is improvisation or as she describes it, to “go into the danger zone”. Because of the intensity of her playing people call her “Dedos de fuego” (fire fingers). Hopkins Miranda considers herself to be a percussionist more than a pianist. A Cadence Magazine review indicated that she “mixes rhythms together with the intensity of a mad scientist and comes up with something quite unlike any other ethnic Jazz mixture out there.” Her sound is percussive, lush, melancholic, vibrant, energetic, compelling and uplifting

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”Brenda Hopkins Miranda is a pianist originally from Puerto Rico whose music is a tasty blend of global influences. In addition to being a remarkable composer and arranger, Hopkins Miranda is also a formidable pianist. She creates a superb mix of European romanticism, Spanish passion and Third World heat. Ms. Hopkins mixes rhythms together with the intensity of a mad scientist and comes up with something quite unlike any other ethnic Jazz mixture out there.” -Jerome Wilson - Cadence Magazine

“Pianista, educadora, compositora, arreglista y persona largamente vinculada al quehacer cultural del pais, Brenda Hopkins Miranda es una de nuestras jazzistas más destacadas

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

San Juan

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Music profesor at Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico and Inter American University.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Creativity exercises for composers, improvisers, artists and musicians.

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Albums by Brenda Hopkins Miranda

Album Puentes by Brenda Hopkins Miranda

Puentes

Bhm Music
2017

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Album Aeropiano by Brenda Hopkins Miranda

Aeropiano

Bhm Music
2014

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Album Simple by Brenda Hopkins Miranda

Simple

Zona Boricua Records
2012

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Album Recuerdos de Granada / Memoirs of Granada by Brenda Hopkins Miranda

Recuerdos de Granada...

Zona Boricua Records
2009

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