Born: May 12, 1979 Primary Instrument: Guitar
A Native of Bogotá, Colombia, Alejandro came to the United States to study music at the University of North Texas. While pursuing his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Jazz Studies, he had the opportunity to play with faculty members Fred Hamilton and Stefan Karlsson and study composition with professors John Mallia and Cindy McTee. In addition, he was a Teaching Fellow in the UNT Jazz program. Over the course of his five years in Texas, he received private lessons from John Stowell and Ben Monder. After graduating in the summer of 2005 he moved to New York City, where he works as a guitarist, teacher and composer. He is also active in the jazz and urban music scene in Colombia, performing regularly at local venues and festivals in his country of origin. His current projects include Tibagui, which performs original music based on Colombian rhythms from the Andes; the Alejandro Florez Trio, on which he perfomrs original Colombian jazz; the free improvisation trios Apama and Torus; and the Gallo/Flórez Duo, a group that explores the traditional music of the Colombian Andes. He also perfoms regularly with Cumbiamba eNeYe, Pablo Mayor Folklore Urbano and others.
About his group Tibagui:
Tibagui Trio, a group developed in New York by guitarist and composer Alejandro Flórez, started out as a project to perform the subtle, expressive music written for the Colombian guitar trio. The ensemble of bandola (relative of the mandolin), tiple (resembling the Cuban tres) and guitar has been for many generations the standard of the music in the Andes of Colombia. Bambuco, guabina, pasillo, danza and marcha are some of the danceable grooves played in the country’s mountainous regions. The music of Tibagui is directly related to this rich legacy made up of Indigenous, African and European elements.
Tibagui is now redeﬁning its musical heritage. In its expanded version, the group features the three guitars alongside the sophisticated sounds of clarinet, ﬂute, double bass and percussion. The group performs an all-original repertoire made up of reﬁned compositions, most of which include improvisation as a fundamental element. The band members, well- versed in jazz and different Latin American genres, bring together their experiences to tell an exciting story of tradition and innovation.
Tibagui's Retrato will be available shortly on CD Baby. In the mean time, you can sample audio from the album at www.alejandroflorez.com or by clicking on the CD image at the top of the profile.
Jackson Heights, NY
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