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Album art courtesy of Sunnyside Records.

Quarteria, the new record from saxophonist Román Filiú, takes its name from cuartería, the public housing projects in Filiú’s hometown of Santiago de Cuba. Inspired by the neighborhood’s cacophony of diverse sounds and musics, Filiú composed an eclectic suite of music, drawing from his diverse training in jazz, classical, and folkloric idioms. Originally composed as part of The Jazz Gallery’s 2014 Commission Series, Quarteria comes out on Sunnyside Records this Friday, May 11.

That evening, the Gallery is pleased to welcome Filiú and his band back to our stage to celebrate the album’s release. The group will feature several players from the album, including tenor saxophonist Maria Grand, drummer Craig Weinrib, and percussionist Yusnier Sanchez. Before coming out to join the record release party, check out the first two tracks of the album—”Fulcanelli,” named for mysterious French alchemist, and “Grass,” inspired by the compositional practices of Olivier Messiaen—below.

Román Filiú celebrates the release of Quarteria (Sunnyside) at The Jazz Gallery on Friday, May 11, 2018. The ensemble features Mr. Filiú on alto saxophone, Maria Grand on tenor saxophone, Adam O’Farrill on trumpet, Sam Harris on piano, Rashaan Carter on bass, Craig Weinrib on drums, and Yusnier Sanchez on percussion. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved cabaret seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.