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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 Paquito D'Rivera, Gil Goldstein, and Esperanza Spalding.

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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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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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