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Alexis Cuadrado

Brooklyn, NY         

A bassist with a solid reputation, an award-winning composer and bandleader, and a renowned edu­­­­cator; Barcelona-born Alexis Cuadrado has become one of the most sought-after musicians in the New York jazz scene. Cuadrado’s compositions show a unique voice that combines improvised and through-composed music, while drawing influences from jazz, new music and flamenco.

His output as a composer has peaked in recent years, with new works such as  POETICA (Premiered in 2014), Trivium (a Chamber work commissioned by Bohemian Trio in 2014), A Lorca Soundscape (Commissioned in 2011 by Chamber Music America), Jazz Miniatures for Double Quartet (Commissioned in 2012 by The Jazz Gallery), Hispalis (Finalist of the 2012 BMI-Charlie Parker Composition Competition) and Noneto Ibérico (A 2009 commission by Chamber Music America).

Alexis has published five CDs as a leader: The brand new and already critically acclaimed A Lorca Soundscape (Sunnyside 2013) featuring vocalist Claudia Acuña and saxohonist Miguel Zenón, with lyrics from Poeta en Nueva York by Federico García Lorca, a text with a striking social commentary that resonates with the world’s current events. Noneto Ibérico (BJURecords, 2011), a seminal work that has also received massive critical acclaim. His previous albums, Puzzles (BJURecords, 2008), Visual (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2004) and Metro (FSNT, 2001), document his compositions and have received excellent reactions from critics, presenters and fans alike.

He has excellent credits as a sideman, with recording appearances and performances with such greats as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour, Dianne Reeves, Omara Portuondo, Steve Wilson or Seamus Blake amongst many others, and he keeps his sideman calendar busy freelancing with different bands around the world.

Alexis graduated in Jazz Performance and Composition from the Taller De Músics in Barcelona (1993) he went on to study with the legendary concert bass master François Rabbath in Paris (1995-98). In 2001 he got a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition (graduating with honors) at the Aaron Copland School Of Music-Queens College (NY). He is also a devoted educator and a current faculty member at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC, and teaches worldwide as a guest lecturer.

Cuadrado lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin sons.

Noneto Ibérico EPK

Press Kit for the critically acclaimed album “Noneto Ibérico” (2010)

“Listen to Cuadrado’s compositions and you’ll find every reason to take him seriously.” — Josh Jackson, WBGO/NPR Music

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Live on WNYC;s “Soundcheck with John Schaeffer”
Eighty years before terms like “1 percenter” and “the Occupy movement” entered our conversations, the great Spanish playwright and poet Federico Garcia Lorca wrote about the inequalities he saw while living in 1930s America. Now, Spanish bassist and composer Alexis Cuadrado has set those poems to music. He unveils his jazz song cycle, “A Lorca Soundscape,”

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