When it comes to music, Angel Fernandez is a seasoned veteran of the highest caliber. Fernandez spent the 80s touring with Grammy-winning Salsa and Jazz legend, Ray Barretto, honing his skills as an arranger, writer, and musician. He served as Music Director, trumpeter, arranger and co-composer for David Byrne from 1989 to 1992, during which time his arrangements scored a Grammy with Celia Cruz and Ray Barretto’s Ritmo En El Corazón. In 1993, Fernandez permanently joined Marc Anthony’s band, then became its Music Director in 1995, arranging and performing on their 1995 Grammy-nominated Todo A Su Tiempo – as well as producing “Asi Como Hoy”, Anthony’s single for the 1996 Olympics.
In the interim, Angel Fernandez has spent nearly two decades producing, arranging and playing trumpet for artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Talking Heads, Aventura, Las Ketchups, Alberto Shiroma, Black 47 – in addition to becoming Music Director for Jennifer Lopez in 2007. He has also released two albums as a band leader: one as founding member of the group 8 y Mas! and the other with his own critically acclaimed Grupo Transito. Fernández has participated as arranger on all four Grammy nominated CD’s by the standard bearing Spanish Harlem Orchestra, two of which have garnered the award.