Who we are
Fernando González, the founder, and principal of The Migrant Music Co., is a GRAMMY-nominated and EMMY-winning musician, arts writer, and editor. He writes for the digital arts magazine Artburst Miami and the music blog Jazz With An Accent®. His work also appears in The Miami Herald, Miami New Times, and JAZZIZ Magazine.
Since 2011, he also has been the Associate Editor for Print & Special Projects for The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Latin GRAMMY®); and in 2019, he joined the editorial team of the Miami Book Fair as an Associate Editor and writer. Complementing his work in arts journalism, González has lead workshops on writing and music criticism as a visiting lecturer at Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus, in Valencia, Spain (2017-2019).
Past professional affiliations include staff writer for The Miami Herald (1993-1999) and The Boston Globe (1988-1993); a cultural correspondent for The Washington Post (2000-2005); and Managing Editor for JAZZIZ magazine (2003-2008). He was also Managing Editor of El Sitio (1999-2000), a pioneering bilingual web portal. Other highlights include writing about arts, culture, and technology for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s website, and Stanford University’s JSK Journalism Fellowships program, contributing commentary for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and music columns for Downbeat and JazzTimes. He has written program notes for venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Town Hall, New York City Center, the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center (Miami), and events such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland.
González curated, hosted, and produced Jazz With an Accent®, a 10 hour series on global jazz for 88.9 FM WDNA in Miami (2010), and was the Curator of Jazz Programming for the Arsht Center, Miami (2005-2007). He also translated and annotated Astor Piazzolla, A Memoir (Amadeus Press, 2001) and curated, annotated, and produced the CD Universe of Rhythms: The GRAMMY Guide to Latin Music, for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’s inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards (2000). He also wrote the children´s book Gloria Estefan Cuban-American Singing Star (1993) for Millbrook Press’s Hispanic Heritage Series.
In 2012, his liner notes for Pablo Aslan’s Piazzolla in Brooklyn earned him a GRAMMY nomination. Previously, he won an EMMY as Senior Editor and Writer for the documentary Notes From The Mambo Inn: The Story of Mario Bauzá (WGBH, Boston, 1991); and was also nominated to an EMMY and won a Gold Award from CPB as Associate Producer and Writer for En Clave, a documentary on Latin music hosted by Rubén Blades (WGBH, Boston, 1992).
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, González majored in math at the University of Buenos Aires before pursuing music full time. He moved to the United States to attend Berklee College of Music, majoring in Composition/Film Scoring. He also studied composition with George Russell and electronic music with Robert Ceely at the New England Conservatory and independently with guitarist and composer Ralph Towner.
He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY®) and the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and a member of PEN America.