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Oscar Penas

“The music will certainly leave the listener with a joyful and playful feeling; Peñas’ focus on making good heartfelt music is a breath of fresh air.” JazzTime. Oscar Peñas is a Spanish-born jazz guitarist and composer for chamber and jazz ensembles. He is an American citizen and has been an integral part of New York's music scene for a decade. Originally trained in classical guitar in his hometown of Barcelona, Peñas discovered the fascinating world of jazz as a teenager. Since the early 2000s, he has performed, taught, and recorded around the world, releasing his first two album with the label Fresh Sound New Talent following with two self- produced albums, all as leader. His collaborators include Grammy winners: Ron Carter, Gregoire Maret, Paquito D'Rivera, Gil Goldstein, and Esperanza Spalding. Peñas' diverse compositions transcend genres, cultures, and styles with graceful, powerful fluidity. Due to his unique cultural prestige, he has received the ASCAP Plus Award every year from 2012 through 2018. Peñas has performed around the world at festivals, performing arts centers and clubs such as the BAM Next Wave Festival, Kennedy Center, Pittsburg Jazz Appreciation Month Series, The Mansion at Strathmore, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, Blue Note, 55 Bar, Duc des Lombards, and Jamboree. He is passionate about community outreach, offering free teaching clinics and masterclasses to impoverished children in Panama City and the Dominican Republic, through Foundation Danilo Perez and FeduJazz, respectively. Currently teaching at the 92Y in New York City, Peñas is an alumnus of both the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, as well as a member of Local 802, LARAS and NARAS.

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”Oscar is a beautiful player with a totally unique sense of sound and color in his writing...” - Esperanza Spalding

“Oscar Peñas has a very well-traveled musical passport. Born in Spain, he sounds like a citizen of the world, crossing musical borders with quick and sure footing. I have seen his style develop and expand in the past five years I have known him and have been happy to be a passenger on his journeys. I am sure he will continue to develop and expand and we all wait for his next musical travels.” - Gil Goldstein

“Surrounded by a real orgy of loud and louder recordings, Oscar Peñas' new CD feels like an oasis of variety and good musical taste

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Teaching Experience 92Y School of the Arts, New York City, NY, Faculty, 2012- present ◦ Guitar teacher, group and individual lessons Private Studio, Private Instructor, Brooklyn, NY, 2007- present ◦ Electric and classical guitar, jazz harmony and ear training Community Roots Charter School, Faculty, Brooklyn, NY, 2010- 2011 ◦ After-school guitar, group guitar lessons Brooklyn Music School, Faculty, Brooklyn, NY, 2009- 2012 ◦ Taught guitar and jazz ensembles Taller de Músics, Faculty, Barcelona, Spain, 2000-05 ◦ Taught guitar, jazz ensembles, repertoire and improvisation.

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Discography

Music Of Departures And Returns

Music Of Departures...

Self Produced
2014

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From Now On

From Now On

Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records
2011

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Astronautus

Astronautus

Blue Moon
2004

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Samuel Smith

Samuel Smith

Oscar Penas
From Now On

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