Past Event

Immigrant Music & Sounds of Identity

Born in Barcelona, bassist Alexis Cuadrado is now a fixture on New York City’s jazz scene. His work has long explored cultural identity and its political context.

For this multidisciplinary event, Cuadrado will perform music inspired by the poetic and folkloric traditions of Spain and Latin America with his Trio of Words (pianist Pablo Vergara, vocalist Claudia Acuña). He’ll screen Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 silent film, “The Immigrant,” accompanied by Cuadrado’s original recorded score.  And host Larry Blumenfeld will moderate a discussion on Cuadrado’s new project, “(Un)Documented,” a musical essay based on the stories of six undocumented Hispanic immigrants living in the U.S. Joining the conversation will be Laura Michalchyshyn, co-founder (with Laurie Anderson and Tanya Selvaratnam) of The Federation, a coalition committed to open borders and to the power of art.


Meet the Artists:
An award-winning composer, bandleader, and bassist, Barcelona-born Alexis Cuadrado has become one of the most sought-after musicians in New York. “Listen to Cuadrado’s compositions,” says NPR music, “and you’ll find every reason to take him seriously.”

Cuadrado’s compositions show a unique voice that draws from the crossover of jazz, flamenco and new music. He has six albums as a leader/composer, including the most recent “Poetica” (2016) and  “A Lorca Soundscape” (2013). He is also a faculty member at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC and teaches worldwide as a guest lecturer.

Jazz and Social Justice: A Salon with Music
This new series connects the music we love with the social issues that matter to us all. Each salon blends live performance with conversation between artists, activists, and experts. Curated and hosted by journalist Larry Blumenfeld, whose previous NJMIH programs discussed Afro-Cuban influence and HBO “Treme.”