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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

Music Of Departures And Returns

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Paquito's Choro; Rabo De Nube; Skylark; Paco; The Everyday Struggle; Etude No. 1; Rain; Canco. Numero 6

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Oscar Penas: Music Of Departures And Returns

Read "Music Of Departures And Returns" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In putting together his fourth album, guitarist Oscar Penas looked to composers he connects with, songs that speak to him, and originals that fit comfortably with the rest. That's the concept here, plain and simple, and the end result is a thirty-eight minute beauty that's alluring and completely accessible. Two different rhythm sections ...

From Now On

Label: Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Continuum; Choro n.1 (Guinga); From Now On; Samuel Smith; Encuentro; Choro n.2 (Corpo); Julia; Adeu.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Oscar Peñas: From Now On

Read "From Now On" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Oscar Peñas è nato a Barcellona, ma risiede negli Stati Uniti da parecchio tempo. Sull'asse Spagna-America si è sviluppata la sua carriera e anche la sua musica ne ha risentito positivamente. Il suo primo viaggio verso gli States è stato per diplomarsi alla Berklee School, poi il ritorno a Barcellona per cominciare la sua vera carriera ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Guitarist/Composer Oscar Penas Appearing In NYC: November 1 and November 5

Guitarist/Composer Oscar Penas Appearing In NYC: November 1 and November 5

Guitarist/Composer Oscar Penas Appearing In NYC In Support of New Recording From Now On Tuesday, November 1, 7:00 PM at the 55 Bar With Dan Blake (saxophones), Moto Fukushima (bass), Franco Pinna (drums), and special guest, Gil Goldstein November 5 at the Bar Next Door With Moto Fukushima (bass), Franco Pinna (drums) “It's difficult to separate ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Oscar Penas Appearing In NYC In Support of New Recording "From Now On"

Oscar Penas Appearing In NYC In Support of New Recording "From Now On"

Guitarist/Composer Oscar Penas Appearing In NYC In Support of New Recording From Now On Tuesday, November 1, 7:00 PM at the 55 Bar with Dan Blake (saxophones), Moto Fukushima (bass), Franco Pinna (drums), and very special guest, Gil Goldstein November 5 at the Bar Next Door with Moto Fukushima (bass), Franco Pinna (drums), “Oscar's music is ...

NEWS: RECORDING

BJURecords to Release "From Now On" from Guitarist/Composer Oscar Penas

BJURecords to Release "From Now On" from Guitarist/Composer Oscar Penas

FROM NOW ON features: Oscar Peñas(guitar, compositions), Dan Blake (tenor & soprano saxophones), Moto Fukushima (six string electric bass), Richie Barshay (drums) With Special Guests: Gil Goldstein (accordion, piano), Franco Pinna (bombo legüero) “Oscar's music is inviting and from the soul; finely cultivated and fully realized...his writing and playing have beautiful motion and uniquely sensuous melodies."- ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Oscar Penas: From Now On

Read "From Now On" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The music on From Now On is modern jazz marinated in the seductive flavors of Spain and South America. Guitarist Oscar Peñas' path lead him from Barcelona to Brooklyn, NY, and this geographic duality is ever-present in the intriguing blend of music that's presented on this, his debut for BJU records. While Iberian-influenced ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Oscar Penas: From Barcelona to Brooklyn

Read "Oscar Penas: From Barcelona to Brooklyn" reviewed by Tomas Pena

Oscar Peñas belongs to a generation of artists who believe there is more to being a musician than being technically proficient. Like his peers--many of whom are emerging, independent musicians--his music reflects his roots, his impressive credentials and his openness to new ideas and concepts. Oscar is part of a flourishing new music scene in Brooklyn ...


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