Cucco Peña"As a producer I always look for sound and soul...as a trumpet player that, plus intonation and response in all registers. I first started getting curious about Cannonball when the lead alto sax player in my band changed his Yamaha for a Cannonball. I could not believe the difference in sound and projection! He seemed like a different player and that made me think..... I have to find out if the trumpet can do for me half of what it has done for him. I played the 725 pro and discovered it could! It's really an amazing horn." ~ Angel "Cucco" Peña
BioRecognized in the music world for his harmonic sensibility and inspiring technique , Angel "Cucco" Peña is recognized in the Spanish-speaking world as one of the brightest musicians and arrangers of our popular music. He grew and developed under the tutelage of his father Don Angel "Lito" Peña founder of the Pan American Orchestra and example of dedication, seriousness and commitment to excellence.
His collaboration with artists like: Marc Anthony, Ricardo Arjona, Franco de Vita, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Willie Colon, Olga Tanon, Celia Cruz, Chayanne, Ricky Martin, Ednita Nazario, Ruben Blades, José Feliciano, Rocio Jurado, Ilan Chester, Juan Diego Florez projected it to an international market that has discovered and respected. . . His work has ranged from that of a musician, (trumpet player) composer, arranger, producer and musical director.
As a musical director he has conducted major concerts in Puerto Rico and the United States, Spain, Central and South America. With the "Symphonic Salsa" concert he has had the opportunity to lead the Symphony Orchestras of: Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Panama, Washington. He also directed the Gilberto Santa Rosa and Lucesita Benitez at Carnegie Hall in New York, Tribute to Celia Cruz in Miami, and Viva Puente at Lincoln Center. Recently had been chosen director and arranger for the Orchestra Symphonic of her concert in Peru Juan Diego Florez. He was selected musical director and producer of the Academy of Latin Grammy Tribute to Marco Antonio Solis in Miami.
In 2003 he accompanied the Puerto Rico Institute of Culture Concert Band as a guest director at the Festival of Castellón de la Plana in Spain and is currently its director.
He has served as musical director in plays such as "Fiddler on the Roof", "Murderous Instincts" and "Jesus Christ Super Star." He has been composing music for soundtracks of the films "La Gran Fiesta", "Nicholas and others," "Under Suspiction", "Dance with Me", "Havana Nights", "Tales of awakening" and "Death in Granada ". He also has scored the renowned Banco Popular de Puerto Rico TV specials for 15 years. His work has been recognized with awards in the production of Marc Anthony (Contra la Corriente) and Olga Tanon (Yo Por Ti) both Grammy winners, the highest honor in the music world.
For the impact of his work and it's meaning in the life of many Puertoricans in 2007 was awarded the title of Doctor of Humanities Honoris Causa.