New York native Adam Cordero is a saxophonist, composer, educator, environmentalist, and multi-instrumentalist based in Queens, New York. His dedication to music has led him to play at numerous established venues in the NYC area such as Bar Next Door, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, The Jazz Gallery, Williamsburg Music Center, and The Jazz Loft. Adam’s primary project, “Arcadia” is a band that strives to unite people in the need to preserve
our environment. "Arcadia" holds benefit concerts— in their last season prior to the pandemic, they were held at the Williamsburg Music Center on October 4th, 2019 and March 6th, 2020. The concerts raised hundreds of dollars for the Amazon Rainforest and Australian Wildlife respectively. Adam also recently released his first album, "Ashland" alongside guitarist Odin Scherer on October 2nd, 2020, 50% of proceeds were donated to the Latino Community Foundation's California Wildfire Relief Fund. "Ashland" has been regarded by master composer Kirk Nurock as "lush, soaring, and healing— the compositions weave through offbeat meters with intellect and grace." Adam was named a National YoungArts Foundation Winner in Jazz Saxophone in 2018. In 2019, he performed on the East Coast's premier jazz radio station, WBGO, and in 2021, he performed at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Adam has shared the stage with well-known artists, such as Ingrid Jensen, Morgan Guerin, and Tyshawn Sorey. In addition to playing saxophones, Adam also plays clarinet, flute, bass clarinet, and bassoon.
Growing up in Roslyn Heights, NY, Adam was often captivated by the simple beauties of nature he was surrounded by. In the past few years, his fascination with the natural world began to entangle itself with his artistry. 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. He hopes his quintet, “Arcadia”, will inspire listeners to take action against climate change. Adam Cordero's Arcadia consists of a quintet featuring Odin Scherer on guitar, Nicholas Augusta on piano, Solomon Gottfried on bass and Henry Mermer on drums.
After being separated by the pandemic, “Arcadia” will come back together and release their next benefit concert online in Fall 2021. Adam is also in the process of developing a nonprofit which would provide concerts to the public for natural restoration and climate change efforts. His duo project with environmentalist and guitarist Odin Scherer will have another album release in 2022. Adam is a senior completing his BFA degree at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he has had the privilege to study under Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille, Chris Cheek, Craig Weinrib, Mary Halvorson, and Billy Harper.