Ocaña, a contemporary artist with a layered background,  has developed an unclassifiable style that is inspired by classical, contemporary, jazz, minimalistic, pop, Afro-Caribbean and Latin American music genres.  Informed by this widely rich spectrum, his compositions are solidly structured, and today he is considered one of the major exponents of contemporary guitar, an innovator of its potential qualities.  His concert-performances include 6 & 10 string guitars, as well as guitars processed through delays and loops.  His latest projects are the Anthony Ocaña Trio (innovative chamber music for guitar, violin, and cello); the Universal Guitar Project in cooperation with flamenco guitarist, Flavio Rodriguez; and his composition of the music score for an upcoming film by Bruno Lazaro.

 

From an early age, Ocaña begins music studies in his native Dominican Republic at the National Conservatory of Music and with guitarist Ruben Gonzalez; at age 18 he is granted a scholarship to study composition and guitar at Manhattanville College in New York where he graduates with honors; at age 19 he is invited to open a concert for the Grammy Award winner, Gonzalo Rubalcaba.  From this successful experience where Ocaña performed his compositions, he decides to focus exclusively on his own works. In the upcoming years, he is invited again to be the opening act for Rubalcaba, and also for one of his most admired artists, Egberto Gismonti. While living in New York he contributes as a composer for the orchestra of Elliot Magaziner (former director of Frank Sinatra's orchestra) and studies with great musicians such as Benjamin Verdery, Ingram Marshall and Mary Ann Joyce-Walter.  In 2002, Ocaña decides to move to Madrid, Spain, where he currently lives.  This decision is incited by his ambition to develop the guitar’s potential into new expressions, and with Spain being this instrument’s homeland, he understands the challenge yet believes in the substance of his vision;  in due time the Spanish cultural circles recognize this and a new phase in his career begins.

 

He has presented his music at well recognized concert halls and venues across America and Europe. He has also been a repeated invited guest at the prestigious TVE, the Spanish National and International Television. His music is often broadcasted on Spain’s National Radio, among other respected stations.   

 

In addition, he has also composed music for other artists, such as classical pianist Humberto Quagliata, as well as for the New Music New York Ensemble.

 

His musical career continues to receive recognition: he was awarded the prized Francisco Tarrega Composer’s Award  (for his composition Suite En Honor al Maestro Ramon Oviedo); the  CONDEX Award  (extended by the President of the Dominican Republic for his outstanding career as a Dominican living abroad);  100 Latinos (where he was chosen as one of the 100 outstanding Latin American personalities living in Madrid); Cultural Personality of the Dominican Republic (awarded by the Ministry of Culture - one of the distinctive tributes a Dominican artist can receive). 

 

Ocaña has also published five albums, A Paso de Cebra with Sebastian Lerner (2001), Anthony Ocaña (2006), Solo (2008), Wet Fields (2010) and Placeres (2012), receiving reviews starting with promising  to excellent, but it is his latest creation which has launched his career to new heights.  This EP is the first in a series the artist intents to compose relating to life’s ever testing events that imbed deep impressions in the human spirit.

 

General Reviews:

 

"Anthony Ocana has great potential, a very promising future, and who already at this present time has achieved levels of interest." Tomas Marco, 2010.

"Anthony Ocaña...an intuitive, sensitive musician who is creating his own unique musical space." Kirk Albrecht, "Minor 7th Guitar Review", 2010.

"Anthony shows has an immense pleasure when performing the music he composes.  This is good enough to fulfill the soul of the listener.  Congratulations.” Egberto Gismonti, 2006.