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Oscar Peñas Jazz Guitarist New Album MUSIC OF DEPARTURES AND RETURNS (2014)
1. Paquito’s Choro 01_Paquito’s Choro
2. Rabo de Nube
3. Skylark
4. Paco 04_Paco
5. The Everyday Struggle 05_The Everyday Struggle
6. Etude No. 1
7. Rain
8. Cançó No. 6

“…the album displays Peñas’s confident and clear phrasing, which is cast into high relief through interplay with Caswell’s violin.” – Tim Wilkins, WBGO

“Peñas practices economical simplicity, displaying astute prowess commendable for its modesty and ease.” – Bob Gendron, Downbeat Magazine (4 stars)

Peñas is a gifted writer, composer and a band leader…”  Steven Rosenfeld, ASCAP

Mr. Peñas, a crisp Catalan guitarist, has a new album, “Music of Departures and Returns,” that suggests a personal spin not only through the music of his heritage but also that of Cuba and the Americas.” – Nate Chinen, NY Times.com

Catalan-American guitarist, composer and bandleader Oscar Peñas´ fourth album and second release in the United States, Music of Departures and Returns, includes a Brazilian choro and a tribute to flamenco master Paco de Lucia; a jazz standard and a classic from the Cuban Nueva Trova songbook; and music by the great Catalonian composer Frederic Mompou. Yet this is neither a music sampler nor a showcase of Peñas´talents in different settings and styles.
“This is more or less who I am. I’m not trying to push boundaries, prove anything or show off in any way,” explains Peñas. “It’s a collection of pieces, some mine, some by other composers that I have always admired, that I felt had a common mood, a certain sound that reflects my personality and where I come from.”
Music of Departures and Returns features his quartet, comprised of his long-standing rhythm section featuring six-string electric bassist Moto Fukushima, drummer Richie Barshay, and violinist Sara Caswell. The band is augmented by special guests such as bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding, reedman Paquito D’Rivera and pianist, producer and arranger Gil Goldstein who appears on accordion.

Shows

Date City Venue Country
Friday, July 25th 2014 http://oscarpenas.com
7:30 pm
Bar Next Door Oscar Penas in New York, New York
129 MacDougal Street
Admission: $12:00 per set
Box office: (212) 529-5945
Set times: 7:30 to 8:30pm, 9:30 to 10:30pm and 11:30pm to 12:30am Buy Tickets More information
Saturday, August 2nd 2014 http://oscarpenas.com
8:00 pm
WhyNot Jazz Room Oscar Penas in New York, New York
14 Christopher Street
Admission: $12.00
Box office: 646.756.4145
Oscar Peñas presented by Den Entertainment Den Sessions at WhyNot Jazz Room are hosted by Solonje Loucas every Saturday. Buy Tickets More information
Monday, September 22nd 2014 http://oscarpenas.com
8:00 pm
WhyNot Jazz Room Oscar Penas in New York, New York
14 Christopher Street
Admission: $10.00
Box office: 646.756.4145
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Monday, September 22nd 2014 http://oscarpenas.com
8:00 pm
WhyNot Jazz Room Oscar Penas in New York, New York
14 Christopher Street
Admission: $10.00
Box office: 646.756.4145
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Friday, November 21st 2014 http://oscarpenas.com
7:30 pm
The Mansion at Strathmore Oscar Penas in North Bethesda, MD
10701 Rockville Pike
Admission: $25-$28
Box office: (301) 581-5100
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