Ricardo Gallo, piano
Alejandro Flórez, tiple and bandola
In this new release by Gallo<>Flórez the clear allusions to Colombian Andean musical folklore from the previous album are artfully shrouded by layers of rhythmic and harmonic richness, rendering the music more expansive and visceral. Lyricism is present throughout, whether in the angular twists of Emisarios or Algo Más Melódico, the colorful and irregular phrases of Hermetismo (inspired by Hermeto Pascoal’s similarly virtuosic melodies and harmonies), the unlikely, dystopian soundscape of Acueducto or their heartfelt rendition of Andrew Hill’s Nefertiti, the only cover of the album, which ironically reminds the listener of the primary influences of the duo. This is a mature effort by a team of composers/improvisers who move effortlessly in the worlds of jazz, contemporary and South American music, creating an intriguing and enchanting aesthetic.