Angel Fernández' musical career demonstrates a creative scope that deftly crosses over many genres. Latin and Pop, Jazz and Rock, Funk and Classical music have all been part of his musical experience. He has worked with such diverse artists as Salsa superstar Marc Anthony, Salsa/Latin Jazz great Ray Barretto, Rock 'n Roll hall of famers Talking Heads and also the Heads' David Byrne.
His skills as producer, composer, arranger and performer can be heard on many of today's hit recordings. Since 2007, Angel has directed and played guitar and trumpet for Jennifer Lopez' band. He also recorded and arranged for several tracks of Jennifer's hit album "J. Lo," and "Brave." In this year's American Idol finale, Angel was the MD for Marc and Jennifer's performance.
His recent productions include two songs on 2009's highest selling Latin CD, Aventura's "The Last." Angel performed with the group during its recent tour, which ranks among the three top-grossing road shows of '09 and included four sold-out shows in New York's Madison Square Garden. Fernández released his own CD in 2006 with the band Tránsito, featuring various artists which crossed generational as well as stylistic boundaries through a melting pot of old and new Latin rhythms. For the currently running off-Broadway musical comedy, "La Barberia," Angel is the Music Supervisor, as well as music arranger and producer.
As Music Director for former Talking Heads David Byrne, he helped to actualize a sound that combines World Music, Pop, Latin music and Rock. This collaboration would result in world tours and see the creation of the albums, "Rei Momo" and "Uh-oh." In late 1993, Angel would join Marc Anthony's band, becoming its Music Director in '95 to the present time and participating in several world tours, TV shows and recordings. He produced Marc's single "Asi Como Hoy" for the 1996 Olympics and arranged and performed on the Grammy-nominated "Todo A Su Tiempo." Angel arranged the hit single from this year's Grammy winner for Best Tropical Latin Album by The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Viva la Tradicion.
From his humble beginnings in Santiago, Dominican Republic, then in Brooklyn, NY, Angel demonstrated an affinity for music quite early. He honed his craft as a teen, performing locally and eventually going on to graduate from New York's Manhattan School of Music, where he earned both a Bachelor and Masters of Music degree. Fernandez also holds NYC and New York State teaching certificates, having been an Orchestral Music and bi-lingual education teacher for 6 years for the N.Y.C. Board of Education.
Throughout the early 1980's, Angel was a member of the internationally renowned Merengue band Milly y los Vecinos. He toured internationally with Ray Barretto from 1981-1988, playing the most prestigious venues and festivals in Europe, North and South America and the Caribbean. Through this association he would gain prominence as an arranger, writing on commercially successful and Grammy-nominated albums "Aqui Se Puede" and "Todo Se Vá' Poder". He achieved Grammy success with the 1990 award-winning Ceila Cruz/Ray Barretto album "Ritmo En El Corazón," in which Angel contributed half the arrangements as well as his trumpet playing. Other Grammy winners include the Spanish Harlem Orchestra's "Viva la Tradicion," (2010) and "Across 110th Street," (2004) where Fernández arranged two songs, one of them composed and sung by Ruben Blades.
Film credits include My Blue Heaven, Blue in the Face, Boricua's Bond and others. Television performances include Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, American Idol, the Today Show, The David Letterman Show, MAD TV, The Early Show, several Grammy and Latin Grammy ceremonies and a full-hour HBO live concert special featuring Marc Anthony and the band.