Latin pianist/arranger, Oscar Hernandez, will present an open rehearsal at 4:30 p.m. and concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, in the Music Recital Hall.
Hernandez has long been considered one of the most gifted and prominent pianist/ arrangers on the contemporary Latin, Latin-jazz and salsa music scene. He is the leader of the world renowned Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO).
Hernandez is actively working with the band as the music producer as well as pianist/arranger. Since the band's inception in 2001, they have garnered numerous awards and world acclaim as one of the finest exponents of salsa and Latin-jazz music. Both of their albums to date have been nominated for Grammy Awards. SHO's first album Un Gran Dia En El Barrio was nominated for 2003 Grammy and won the 2003 Billboard Award. Their second release, Across 110th Street, won the Grammy in 2005. Spanish Harlem Orchestra is considered one of the best Salsa orchestras today and one of the finest music ensembles in the world.
In the early 1980s, Oscar has been responsible for charting the musical course of the Ruben Blades Band. Increasingly in demand as a pianist, arranger and producer, the Bronx native has produced such artists as Ruben Blades/Willie Colon, Carabali, Daniel Ponce, Rafael Dejesus, Eddie Torres, Phil Hernandez and Steve Kroon. He has made a more personal statement with the debut album Decision and Alternate Roots by his band Seis Del Solar the Ruben Blades Band sans Ruben, and now with his band The Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
In addition to being Ruben Blades' pianist, arranger and musical director for 13 years, Hernandez has enjoyed a prolific musical career recording and performing with such world renown artists as Latin music king Tito Puente, Queen of Salsa Music Celia Cruz, Latin Pop Star Julio Iglesias, Juan Luis Guerra, Ray Barreto, Earl Klugh, Dave Valentin, Johnny Pacheco, Ismael Miranda, Pete “Conde” Rodrquez, Oscar DeLeon, Luis Perico Ortiz, Libre Grupo Folkorico Experimental, Kirsty MacColl and more.
On Broadway, Hernandez' musical exploits include working as musical director/conductor, arranging and producing the music for The Capeman, a Paul Simon's musical. He is also the music producer of Simon's The Capeman cast recording. Other Broadway shows he has worked on include the hit shows Quien Mato A Hector Lavoe and La Lupe at the 47th Street Theatre, Four Guys named Jose & Una Mujer named Maria, and the Broadway workshop of Mambo Kings.
As a studio session player, Hernandez can also be heard on numerous commercial jingles, some of which he has written and arranged. Among those are the hit show Sex and the City, Dunkin Donuts, Waldbaums, General Motors, Cover Girl, 1800 OK Cable.
Hernandez' film scoring composition can be heard on the film documentaries, If The Mango Tree Could Speak by Pat Goudvis and Angela Tiene Un Beb by Paula Heredia, and Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories by Pam Sporn.
Tickets are $7 and are available at www.ZapTix.com.