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Brenda Hopkins Miranda is a talented pianist, composer, arranger, improviser, band leader, writer and educator born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
An exceptional and natural rhythmic inventor, she conjures up her own worlds - some jagged, others even more broken and interrupted. And she is good at it, putting the notes in the right places. Her repertoire includes original arrangements of traditional and contemporary Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American songs and well as her own compositions. This music is about spirit, essence, intensity, passion, and honesty.
Hopkins Miranda has toured and/or recorded all over Latin America and the U.S. with international recording artists like Bob Moses, Oskar Cartaya, George Russel, Charlie Sepulveda, Peter Row, William Cepeda, Anthony Carrillo, Cachete Maldonado, Paoli Mejias, Endel Dueño, Juancito Torres, Polito Huertas, Oscar Stagnaro, Furito Rios, Eggie Castrillo, Luis Enrique Julia, Ricardo Montaner, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Pandora, Lucecita Benitez, Glenn Monroig, Ednita Nazario, Yolandita Monge, Roy Brown, Puya, Yeva, Choco Orta, Roberto Figueroa, Luis Angel, Jessica Cristina, Marco Antonio Muñiz, Lourdes Robles, Zorayda Santiago, Chucho Avellanet, Proyecto M, Hilda Ramos, Plena Libre, Tambo Tropical, Los Pleneros del Coco, Seres de Plasticina, Michael Bullock Quartet and many others. She was invited to play for the Dalai Lama during his first visit to Puerto Rico. Was the first woman musician invited to appear on the TV show En Clave de Jazz TV, included in the most important Puerto Rican Pianists list of the En Clave de Jazz radio show, performed at the first women in jazz concert in Puerto Rico E-Jazz and other jazz festivals such as Boriquen Jazz Fest, Mayagüez Internacional Jazz Fest, las Noches de Jazz del Hotel Marriot, las Noches de Jazz del Cafe de la Plaza en Santurce and the Festival de Jazz Chivas Regal. She was the keyboard player for four years for the TV show Marcano el Show which included performances with musical guests Tito Puente, Sheila E., Nestor Torres, Dave Valentin, Charlie Sepulveda, El Gran Combo, Franco de Vita and many others.
Also, Hopkins Miranda was Director of the Music Program at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. She has been a faculty member at the Metro Interamerican University and the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. She also gives master classes, seminars and workshops at different institutions and teaches privately, since she is deeply committed to music education. Her music related articles have been published in various important newspapers and magazines.
Brenda Hopkins Miranda is the most important female pianist from Puerto Rico today. Pianist, improviser, composer, arranger, group leader and educator, she holds a solid international professional career that includes tours, recordings and concerts both as a band leader and guest musician for world renowned artists. She has performed all over the world, has composed and recorded music for several CDs and short films, has several articles on different musical themes, and has given out master classes, workshops and conferences on improvisation, personal style and creativity.
Her music is a melting pot that includes every place and experience in Brenda's life transformed through a modern musical language approach. Her piano's percussive push and energy, and her intense and expressive touch unite with a passion for creative improvisation, making every concert a unique experience. “…Brenda, who has recorded two CDs and has been the most consistent female exponent of jazz in the last years.”