As a young emerging artist, Peñas has performed at his home town, Barcelona, Spain’s most important festivals. In his based town New York, he has played his original composition, mostly as a leader along with outstanding jazz figures, as well as known jazz musicians such as Paquito D’ Rivera, Gil Golstein, Esperanza Spalding, Gregoire Maret, Ralph Alessi, and Jason Palmer. He has toured internationally with his own projects.
Prestigious performances include appearances at Jazz Plaza in Habana, Cuba, Duc des Lombard, Paris. In the USA at Kennedy Center, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Strathmore Performance Arts Center, BargeMusic, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Discover Jazz Festival, Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Blue Note, 55 Bar, among others.
His new forthcoming project is a classical-jazz work that brought him back to Cuba to perform and live recorded his new suite “ Almadraba,” inspired by the eponymous fishing tradition from Andalucía. This was presented at the UNESCO historical landmark Teatro Martí in Old Habana, Cuba along with Frank Carlberg, piano and a chamber string orchestra, Solistas de la Habana, this pass November. The new release is expected to be on the street this year in the fall. For more details check www.oscarpenas.com
“Spanish guitarist Oscar Peñas has attracted a wide variety of fans through his unique combination of classical, Spanish folk music and Brazilian grooves over an American jazz base.” – Mark Ruffin, SiriusXM, Real Jazz channel