Originally from Bogotá Colombia, pianist Ricardo Gallo and guitarist Alejandro Flórez have been generating several projects that relate contemporary musical expressions to the musical traditions of their homeland. In this duo project, they present their own pieces inspired by the string music from the Colombian Andes. Alejandro Flórez plays in this project tiple and bandola, two traditional string instruments from the region. Gallo and Flórez explore the possibilities of improvisation departing from the sounds and the compositions of this unlikely duo. Gallo and Flórez have presented their work in Bogotá, several venues in New York City, in Long Island (N.Y.), and in Ottawa and Montreal invited by the Embassy of Colombia in Canada.

Their debut album “Meleyólamente” was recorded in August 2008 in Bogotá Colombia, mixed and mastered in NYC, and released in February 2009 under the new Colombian independent label Festina Lente Discos. It was among the best 10 CDs from Colombia in 2009 according to Semana Magazine.

(Video Chapters):

1. Ni Ebla El Párama (Flórez)
2. Algo Mas Melódico (Flórez)
3. Acueducto (Flórez)
4. Verdadero Negativo (Gallo)
5. Nefertiti (Andrew Hill, arr. Gallo/Florez)
6. El Corazón de la Caña (Jose A. Morales, arr. Gallo) [ with Victoria Sur ]



Gallo/Flórez duo

Festina Lente Discos 2009

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Alejandro Flórez: tiple, bandola (7)
Ricardo Gallo: piano

  1. Bambuco de la Orilla (Gallo)
  2. Ni Ebla el Páramo (Flórez)
  3. Artificio (Gallo)
  4. Machuqueros (Flórez)
  5. Los Cerros Testigos (Gallo)
  6. Don Contubernio (Flórez)
  7. Retrato (Flórez)

Recorded: Chez Gustavo Vasco
Bogotá, Colombia 4/08/2008
Recording Engineer: Julián Gallo.
Mixed by: Nick Moran, Ricardo Gallo, Alejandro Flórez
Manor Sound, Brooklyn, New York.
Mastered by: Katherine Miller
Annandale Recording, North Plainfield, New Jersey.
Photos: Oscar Adán
Cover Art: Alma Sarmiento
Design: Julián Cotes

Artistic Producers: Ricardo Gallo, Alejandro Flórez
Executive Producers: Luis Daniel Vega, José Fernando Perilla.