A bassist with a solid reputation, an award-winning composer and bandleader, and a devoted world-class educator; Barcelona-born Alexis Cuadrado has become one of the most sought-after musicians in the New York jazz scene.
His new recording, Noneto Ibérico has been recently released to massive critical acclaim. The album is an exploration of Jazz and Flamenco, features top-notch musicians and was conceived after a commission from Chamber Music America. Cuadrado has three other CDs as a leader: Puzzles (Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, 2008), Visual (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2004) and Metro (FSNT, 2001), which include original compositions and have received enthusiastic reactions from critics and fans alike.
Cuadrado’s most recent works continue the trend set with “Noneto Ibérico”, exploring a musical language that combines improvised through-composed music, while drawing influences from jazz, new music and flamenco: In March 2012 he premiered a new commission from Chamber Music America called “A Lorca Soundscape” (featuring vocalist Claudia Acuña and saxophonist Miguel Zenón) in which he set to music poems from “Poeta en Nueva York” from Federico García Lorca; a text with a striking social commentary that resonates with the world’s current events. In June 2012 he was a resident composer at The Jazz Gallery and premiered “Jazz Miniatures For Double Quartet” in which he will write “jazz chamber” pieces for jazz and string quartet (to be premiered in June 2012.)
He has excellent credits as a sideman, with recording appearances and performances with such greats as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bruce Barth, Ben Monder, Perico Sambeat, Mark Turner, Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N’dour, Dianne Reeves, Omara Portuondo, Steve Wilson, or Seamus Blake amongst many others. He currently keeps 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.
In 2006 Cuadrado co-founded the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a 10 bandleader/composer collective that strives to promote originality and create awareness of innovative jazz artists in Brooklyn. He was a member of BJU until 2011. He is a also co-owner of the record label Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records.