Ricardo Gallo Cuarteto

photo by Catalina Villamizar, 2013

Ricardo Gallo has developed with his quartet original compositions and a way of improvising that integrates an avant-garde and free language with rhythmic and melodic elements from Colombian traditions. The original and dynamic sound of the group is a result of the collaboration of each member in the arrangements, and the common interest towards experimentation and exploration of folkloric musical languages rooted in a collective research.

The quartet was formed in 2005 along with some of the best Colombian music and jazz performers in Bogotá, drummer Jorge Sepúlveda, bassist Juan Manuel Toro, and percussionist Juan David Castaño. The group has published four albums independently under the catalogue of the musicians’ collective La Distritofonica: “Los Cerros Testigos” in late 2005, “Urdimbres y Marañas” in 2007, “Resistencias” in October 2010, and “Tribu del Asfalto” in 2013.

Ricardo Gallo Cuarteto has performed in festivals in Puerto Rico, Peru, Italy (Novara Jazz), Argentina (Buenos Aires Jazz Festival), Colombia (Barranquilla, Manizales, and Bogotá in Festival at Teatro Libre, and Jazz al Parque), also in venues in Barcelona, Rome, Switzerland, Santiago (Chile) and in several of the main stages in Bogotá like Teatro Colon, Javeriana University, Los Andes University, Tadeo Lozano University, National Museum, among many others. In New York Ricardo Gallo has performed with this quartet and with other projects he leads in that city.

“Colombian born, Ricardo Gallo has been making waves on the American scene for a few years now (…) His most exciting recordings for me have been with his formidable quartet (…) Gallo has well rounded and enterprising style that sizzles with each album he produces. While mixing avant garde tendencies and Latin American influences may sound frightening to the uninitiated, you may be very surprised by the results (…) “Resistencias” [the third album by the quartet] states that Ricardo Gallo is an emerging artist/composer that should not be overlooked. This is one of the best Ricardo Gallo albums to date.”
Stephen Moore for U.S. site JazzWrap

“They play with an easy-going grace, as if divorced from the overbearing pressures and constant demands for innovation and novelty, which make so many otherwise fine albums from the UK or USA sound contrived by comparison”
Tim Owen for British site TheJazzMann

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Discography

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Tribu del Asfalto

Ricardo Gallo Cuarteto

La Distritofonica 2013

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Ricardo Gallo, piano
Jorge Sepúlveda, drums
Juan Manuel Toro, double bass
Juan David Castaño, percussion.

  1. Frontera Quebradiza
  2. Juan David
  3. Tribu del Asfalto
  4. Jorge
  5. Juan Manuel
  6. Punto de Llegada
  7. Ricardo
  8. Aterrizando, una vez más
  9. AIS
  10. Punto de Llegada II

All music by Ricardo Gallo except 2, 4, and 5 by  Sepúlveda, Castaño, and Toro respectively.

Produced by Ricardo Gallo.
Recorded Live at Festival de Jazz del Teatro Libre, Bogotá, Colombia September 5, 2012.
Recorded and mixed by: Julián Gallo
Mastered by Camilo Giraldo, Bogotá, Colombia.
Design: Nicolás Herrera
Cover Art: Ernesto Salmerón, 2012.
Group Photo: Catalina Villamizar.

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Resistencias

Ricardo Gallo Cuarteto

La Distritofonica 2010

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Ricardo Gallo, piano, melódica
Jorge Sepúlveda, drums
Juan Manuel Toro, double bass and electric bass
Juan David Castaño, percussion.

  1. Bailemesta
  2. Inseguridad Democratica
  3. Carola y Pascual
  4. Aurora Parcial
  5. AIS
  6. Kitchen Kuartet Kumbia
  7. Iky
  8. Viejo Presagio

All music by Ricardo Gallo except “Carola y Pascual”, by Jorge Sepúlveda, “Kitchen Kuartet Kumbia” by Juan David Castaño, and “Iky” by Juan Manuel Toro.

Produced by Ricardo Gallo.
Recorded at Auditorio Skandia, Bogotá, Colombia January 30 and 31, 2010.
Recording Engineer: Julián Gallo
Mixed by Christian Kauffman and Ricardo Gallo in Astoria, NY.
Mastered by Eblis Alvarez en Bogotá, Colombia.
Art Direction: Nicolás Herrera and Ricardo Gallo.
Design: Nicolás Herrera.

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Urdimbres y Marañas

Ricardo Gallo Cuarteto

La Distritofonica 2007

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Ricardo Gallo, piano and rhodes
Jorge Sepúlveda, drums
Juan Manuel Toro, double bass and electric bass
Juan David Castaño, percussion

  1. Tablitas
  2. La Inundación
  3. Esto es un Paseo
  4. Artificio
  5. Remolino Humano
  6. Ventanas
  7. El Trueque
  8. Contradicciones de una Serpiente Inversa
  9. La Distritofobia

All music written by Ricardo Gallo except track 8 written by Juan Manuel Toro.
Produced by Ricardo Gallo.
Recorded at Estudios Ávila Musical, Bogotá, Colombia, august 26th and 27th.
Recording Engineer: Ernesto Santos
Assistant Engineer: Julián Gallo
Mixed by Ernesto Santos and Ricardo Gallo at Plastik 5, Bogotá.
Mastered by Katherine Miller at Annandale Recording, North Plainfield, New Jersey.
Art Direction: Nicolás Herrera and Ricardo Gallo.
Graphic Design: Nicolás Herrera.

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Los Cerros Testigos

Ricardo Gallo Cuarteto

La Distritofonica/Chonta Records 2005

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Ricardo Gallo, piano
Jorge Sepúlveda, drums
Juan Manuel Toro, double bass
Juan David Castaño, percussion

  1. El Trasnochado
  2. Los Cerros Testigos
  3. La Distritofobia
  4. Bambuco de la Orilla
  5. Corro Atrapao
  6. Lagunas
  7. Chontaduro Free-to
  8. El Trasnochado (alt.)

All music written by Ricardo Gallo except “Chontaduro Free-to”, composed by Ricardo Gallo, Jorge Sepúlveda, Juan Manuel Toro and Juan David Castaño.
Produced by Ricardo Gallo
Recorded at Sonolux studios, Bogotá, Colombia august 10th, 2005.
Recording Engineer: Marco Silva.
Mixed by Mark Helias and Ricardo Gallo at Radio Legs Music Studio, New York City.
Mastered by Katherine Miller at Annandale Recording, North Plainfield, New Jersey.
Graphic design: Nicolás Herrera