SUMMIT, NJ - Award-winning bassist Alexis Cuadrado and his new trio will present a set of Latin Jazz -- inspired by the poetic and folkloric traditions of Spain and Latin America -- September 23, beginning at 8 p.m. at MONDO. Cuadrado & his 'Trio of Words', featuring Chilean jazz vocalist Claudia Acuña and award winning Chilean pianist / composer Pablo Vergara, will draw from diverse sources, such as the surrealist poems of Federico Garcia Lorca or the moving protest songs of Víctor Jara, this trio explores the Hispanic diaspora.
Barcelona-born and Brooklyn-based bassist Cuadrado is an award-winning composer, producer, and educator. His compositions show a unique voice that draws from the crossover of Jazz, Flamenco and New Music, exploring the confluence of the Spanish and American cultures. His output as a composer has peaked in recent years, premiering over a dozen commissioned works. He has published six albums of original work, composed multiple film scores and recently produced music for the public radio show "The New Yorker Radio Hour" which he recorded exclusively on double bass.
He has also exceptional credits as a performer, with recording and live appearances at venues that range from Carnegie Hall to numerous international jazz festivals and clubs.
Vocalist Claudia Acuña frequented major Santiago jazz clubs as a performer, sitting in on sets with local musicians and meeting luminaries like Wynton Marsalis, Michel Petrucciani and Danilo Perez. In 1995, she moved to New York City to pursue her career with regular performing dates at renowned venues; Smalls, Sweet Basil, Zinc Bar, Metronome and others. She met acclaimed bassist Avishai Cohen, with whom she collaborated on a demo recording that earned he a contract with Verve Records.
Producer, pianist and composer Vergara is an award-winning musician who has performed across four continents. A classically-trained pianist in his native Chile, he moved to New York City to study with some of his jazz heroes like Barry Harris, Ron Carter and Bruce Barth. Since then he has worked with artists like saxophone legend Gato Barbieri, Grammy winners Dave Valentin, Paquito D'Rivera and others.
Vergara composed and produced the score for Alejandro Fernandez Almendras's ¨To Kill A Man," winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival and Dutch Circle of Film Critics Award at Rotterdam Film Festival. Vergara also produced and performed the piano music score for Alejandro Fernandez feature film "By The Fire" featured at major festivals around the world, including San Sebastián, Toulouse and San Francisco.
Performance credits include Newport Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, Istanbul Is Sanat, Paris' Le Zenith, New York's Central Park Summer Stage and Australia's Sydney Festival, amongst many others.
Tickets are priced at $20 in advance and $25 at the door., with reservations and info available by calling 908-301-9496 or by visiting brownpapertickets.com/event. Tickets can also be purchased in-person at MONDO, which is located at 426 Springfield Avenue.