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 Poètica (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), Noneto Ibérico (A 2009 commission by Chamber Music America) or most recently the live soundtrack for the silent Charlie Chaplin film The Immigrant (commissioned by The New School - College of Performing Arts - Jazz).
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.
From 2006 to 2011 Cuadrado was part of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a 10 bandleader/composer collective that he co-founded and that strives to promote originality and create awareness of innovative jazz artists in Brooklyn. He was also a co-founder and co-owner of the record label Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, which he left in 2013 to focus on his artistic career.
Cuadrado lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin sons.