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fall 2022

“Arcadia” is a band that unites people in the need to preserve our environment and maintain consciousness of our everyday actions. While Adam’s music explores a crossing of different genres & modern jazz, his compositional process for the ensemble is most inspired by nature. Whether it be hearing a bird call or staring in awe at a tree, Adam uses nature as a catalyst for writing. Arcadia primarily holds benefit concerts for environmental causes, Adam is the leader/composer of the group.

12.12.21 - Smalls Jazz Club 

This concert hosted at the historic Smalls Jazz Club was my senior recital for The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. "Woodlands" is a piece about the way trees unpredictably sway in the wind. It was entirely composed in less than an hour while I was working at a summer camp in Wheatley Heights, Long Island. "Beija-Flor" is inspired by a fusion of Brazilian jazz and a 3 note bird-call I heard while hiking at Sunken Meadow State Park, also on Long Island. This is another live rendition of the same composition from the 11.18.21 WCS fundraiser concert-- Nick kills the piano solo! Massive thanks to the audience, this was the largest and most supportive crowd we've ever performed for :)

11.18.21- Arcadia Digital Concert - Fundraiser for WCS

This concert was hosted digitally on 11.18.21, we raised a good amount of money for the Wildlife Conservation Society (wcs.org)! "Beija-Flor" is inspired by a fusion of Brazilian jazz and a 3 note bird-call I heard while hiking, which is directly represented by the section at 1:06. "Maine" is a piece inspired by the time I spent at Acadia National Park in Maine. This concert was our first since the pandemic, we're back in full swing now! You can still access this concert if you would like to support WCS + Arcadia by following the steps below:

 

To buy the full concert:

1. Go to adamcordero.com/contact or click here

2. Write me a message that says "Arcadia Digital Concert"

3. I will send you details to purchase the concert! Huge thanks if you buy it :) 

3.6.20 - Williamsburg Music Center - Dedicated to Australia

"Blossom Suite: Dedicated to Australia" juxtaposes our world's inherent beauty with humanity's constructions in the Anthropocene era. The first movement, Duality is specifically focusing on this bifurcation; the next movement Eulogy is meant to act as tribute to the lost animals in the Australian Bushfires; and Australia brings the listener right to the Australian bush by usage of field recordings from the fires themselves. The second video listed is my composition "Apricity" which is about the sun's warmth, and how it affects us. All proceeds from this concert were donated to the Worldwide Fund for Australia + the Australian Red Cross. Thanks to everyone who came!

blossom suite: duality - 0:00  ||   eulogy - 4:23   ||  australia - 9:01

10.4.19 - Williamsburg Music Center - The Amazon

The "Spoiled Wilderness Suite" was written for our largest rainforest, the Amazon. The suite features seven movements (first five shown here), each of which is capturing a different sonic essence that forwards the need to preserve our environment. This concert was not only the debut of my large group, but also a fundraiser for the Amazon Rainforest. We raised hundreds of dollars for the Amazon Conservation Association. In the fourth movement, aptly titled, "Amazon," each member of the group is improvising the sounds of a different animal of the rainforest, along with a field recording of the bird "Screaming Piha." The second selection is my composition "Blossom," which is about change of season. 

     

spoiled wilderness suite: prelude - 0:00  ||  deforestation - 1:33  || if only - 3:06  || amazon - 4:45  || okjokull - 5:57