Wednesday, September 24, 2008
HH and I were reading the Strib over breakfast yesterday when we noticed a brief piece on this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants." Among the 25 recipients are a violin virtuoso, an architectural historian who studies ancient bridges, and...a saxophonist?
We went to www.macfound.org (not www.macfund.org, as the Strib misprinted) and learned that the saxophonist is Miguel Zenon, whom we just saw twice at Monterey, with Maraca "Cuban Lullabies" and again with Antonio Sanchez's Migration. Before then, at the Dakota in 2005 and IAJE in 2004.
The MacArthur is the best of all possible awards. A description from the Web site: "Recipients learn in a single phone call from the Foundation that they will each receive $500,000 in 'no strings attached' support over the next five years."
Congratulations to this fine young musician.
Read more about Zenon here.
Visit his Web site.
Visit his music channel on YouTube, with podcasts.
Hear him on his MySpace page.
Photos by John Whiting from the 51st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Top: Miguel Zenon. Bottom: Miguel Zenon and David Sanchez.