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This weekend at The Jazz Gallery, bassist Alexis Cuadrado will return to our stage for two nights of performances of his project, “A Lorca Soundscape.” Originally commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program in 2011, the project features settings of poems that Federico Garcia Lorca wrote when he lived in New York in the 1930s. Cuadardo was inspired by Lorca’s unflinching descriptions of the city’s inequalities at a time defined by Occupy Wall Street, descriptions whose power and timeliness have only deepened in the intervening years.

In the poem “Aurora,” performed by Cuadrado and company below, Lorca describes the waking residents of New York as if empty sea shells washed up on a beach. The stark and unhurried groove in Cuadrado’s setting captures the text’s raw, waking feeling, while the images of empty sea shells inspire an elegantly-designed crab canon, where the contrapuntal lines are palindromes of one another.

We’re thrilled to welcome Cuadrado and most of the project’s original players back to our stage for a rare revival. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear such a stunning and timely project in a live setting.

Alexis Cuadrado presents A Lorca Soundscape at The Jazz Gallery on Friday, June 3rd, and Saturday, June 4th, 2017. The group features Mr. Cuadrado on bass, Claudia Acuña on voice, Miguel Zenon on alto saxophone, Robert Rodriguez on piano, and Mark Ferber on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. each night. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.