Originally Formed as a quartet in 2002, the present sextet ASDRUBAL adventures seeking new ways to express the music of the Banda Pelayera and chirimia (traditional folkloric formats from the different coasts of Colombia). Articulating their music with a variety of elements from everyday urban sonorities � spontaneous improvisation, rock, free, jazz, punk, minimalism, amongst others, Asdrubal offers a fortunate meeting ground for two different, apparently irreconcilable musical languages: the traditionally folkloric and the contemporary.
The band has dedicated its time to composing original music and has stood out due to their live performances in important festivals, theatres and concert halls in the national circuit. It is important to recognize the following as some of their most important: Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, where the band interpreted “Con Traste”, piece that led one of their integrants to receive a mention of honor for participating in a competition offered by IDCT (Instituto Distrital de Cultura y Turismo), “Urban Popular Music Composition” (2002); Teatro de Cristóbal Colón, where they were invited to participate in the National Culture Awards 2003 (Ministerio de Cultura). They interpreted the piece “San Pedro”, composition selected as first finalist in the IV Colombo-franc Awards as Cultural Patrimony, prize handed out by the Ministry of Culture and the French Embassy; Auditorio Teresa Cuervo Borda (National Museum of Colombia), 7th University Jazz Festival (2003), Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, Auditorio León de Greiff, amongst others.