An award-winning composer, producer, bandleader, bassist and educator; Barcelona-born Alexis Cuadrado has become one of the most sought-after musicians in the New York scene. NPR music says: “Listen to Cuadrado’s compositions and you’ll find every reason to take him seriously.” NY magazine: "His intricate and sharply defined compositions show that he’s tapped into something much deeper."
Cuadrado's compositions show a unique voice that draws from the crossover of jazz, flamenco and new music, exploring the confluence of the Spanish and American cultures, as well as embracing a deep commitment to comment on social issues. His recent output is a restless exploration of cross-disciplinary works that embrace poetry, film, radio and design.
Recent original pieces include multiple commissions for his ensemble, the Alexis Cuadrado Group, such as Poètica (2014), Jazz Miniatures for Double Quartet (2012), A Lorca Soundscape (2011) and Noneto Ibérico (2009). He's also written for a large variety of jazz and chamber ensembles with pieces like Encuentros (2017) for string quintet, Trivium (2016) for piano trio, Polar Litany (2016) and Hispalis (2013) for big band, and the live score for the silent Charlie Chaplin film The Immigrant (2015) for a jazz-chamber tentet. Additionally, he’s composed and produced music for multiple radio shows and podcast such as The New Yorker Radio Hour, Imaginary Worlds and Quiet (The Power of Introverts).
Alexis has published six CDs as a leader: Poètica (Sunnyside 2016), a collaboration with contemporary poets Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Melcion Mateu, which has received incredible press reviews. The also 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 received 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.