Musical compositions of Alexis Cuadrado with lyrics from Poeta en Nueva York" by Federico García Lorca. A Lorca Soundscape" is a 2011 commission by Chamber Music America, New Jazz Works" program
Featuring The Alexis Cuadrado Group
Claudia Acuña Voice
Tuesday., March 27, 7:30pm
The Center for Latino Arts and Culture at Rutgers University
Nicholas Music Center
85 George Street
New Brusnwick, NJ
Wed., March 28, 9PM
The Checkout Live From 92Y Tribeca
Also on the billManuel Valera & The New Cuban Express
200 Hudson Street, NYC
A Lorca Soundscape" is a new work by bassist-composer Alexis Cuadrado, reflecting on Federico Garcia Lorca's 1930 book, Poeta en Nueva York," with a series of jazz pieces that utilize Lorca's poetry as lyrics.
Lorca lived in NYC for a few months in 1929-30 and he wrote a heartfelt set of poems that reflect on the culture shock and loneliness that he experienced at the time. The book is a raw social commentary that connects with themes that are still an important part of the American reality today, such as the economic inequalities, racial-social discrimination or the brutality of the urban landscape. Poeta en Nueva York" deeply connects with the current socio-economic climate, the Occupy" movement, and the general population discontent about how our system is working.
Cuadrado's music is a contemporary reflection on Lorca's themes and cityscape. The exceptional line-up features some of today's outstanding jazz performers, and an original view of new jazz" creates a unique dialog across time.
The world premiere of this piece, also coincides with the 75th anniversary of García-Lorca's death. He was assassinated in 1936 by the military forces that would go on to rule Spain for the next forty-plus years.