Noneto Ibérico is a nine-movement piece performed by nine musicians. Based on the traditional song forms of flamenco music and blending it with contemporary jazz and hints of minimalism and new music, it's a groundbreaking piece that goes a step beyond any previous blends of flamenco and jazz.
Cuadrado has researched deep into the roots of Spain's Flamenco music, extracted its bare-bone elements and reconstructed them. Alexis explains, “Around 4 or 5 years ago, I just became obsessed with Flamenco music. I started listening to a ton of it, studying, transcribing, playing along with recordings. I formed a trio to play some of the repertoire and called it Trio Iberico. Suddenly I got a Chamber Music America grant through their “New Works” grant program (final funding for this project came from a successful Kickstarter funding campaign) to write a Flamenco-jazz piece for a nine piece band. And that's what this music is, Noneto Iberico!.” The stunning result is a series of pieces that create a completely new aesthetic in the contemporary American jazz panorama.
The bassist/composer based each one of the pieces of "Noneto Ibérico" on a specific flamenco song-style (known as "Palo"). Every Palo has its own complexities and idiosyncrasies: a specific form, rhythm, harmony and melodic twists that have to be faithfully respected in order to be considered authentic. Every movement in the "Noneto Ibérico" suite achieves this, but Cuadrado also draws resources from other musical sensibilities in addition to his native-flamenco vocabulary. His experiences as a composer and performer in a wide variety of contexts, from jazz, world music, chamber music, as a sideman with Angelique Kidjo, playing 24 hour parties in gypsy wedding bands, and more, have left an indelible impression on Cuadrado. Some of the results include the piece "Por La Mínima", which mixes the elements of the flamenco "Bulerías" with those found on minimalist music. The melodies of the "Soleá”, titled "Sólo El Sol Sale Siempre Solo", are based on serialism, and the "Alegrías" "Tocar y Parar” utilize baroque counterpoint motives.
There is no doubt that the release of Noneto Ibérico will be one of the highlights in the jazz and new music landscape of 2011.
"Noneto Ibérico reboots flamenco-jazz for the twenty-first century.”
"The genius of Cuadrado’s tonally pungent and fairly lengthy compositions relates to how they’re tethered to central motifs that often function as bookends.”
—DownBeat Magazine (4 star review)
“Alexis Cuadrado is a bassist/composer/band leader after my own heart. With Noneto Ibérico he’s going for something personal, accessing folk music of his native country and continuing to add to and expand the definition of the word ‘jazz’. I’m a fan.”
—Bassist/Composer Ben Allison
“The Barcelonan bassist celebrates the release of his latest album, Noneto Ibérico, a nine-movement suite that draws on flamenco. His intricate and sharply defined compositions show that he’s tapped into something much deeper.”
—New York Magazine
“Alexis Cuadrado is carving a place for his exceptional bass playing and his most impressive composing abilities. Noneto Ibérico is a successful brilliant endeavor embracing the complexities of Spanish Flamenco rhythms while embedding contemporary American jazz improvisations and harmonies. Alexis’ unique compositions are passionate with tons of clarity throughout! Noneto Ibérico is going to demand repeated listening! BRAVO!”
—Bassist/Composer Rufus Reid
“Flamenco rhythms meet high-wire jazz on bassist-composer Alexis Cuadrado’s elegant new release, Noneto Iberico.”
—Time Out New York
Alexis Cuadrado - bass
Perico Sambeat - saxophones & flute
Loren Stillman -saxophones
Avishai Cohen - trumpet & flugelhorn
Alan Ferber - trombone
Brad Shepik - guitar
Dan Tepfer - piano
Marc Miralta - percussion
Mark Ferber - drums
With very special guests on Palmas (flamenco handclaps) and Jaleos: Israel Suárez "Piraña", (Paco De Lucía), Tomás Moreno "Tomasito"(Chano Domínguez), Blas Córdoba “Kejío” (Vicente Amigo).
Noneto Ibérico was created with support from Chamber Music America's New Works: Creation and Presentation Program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.