Profile Gerson Galante is a Brazilian multi- instrumentalist, bandleader, composer and arranger, whose musical fluency spans many genres, including Latin, Brazilian, Jazz, Classical, Theater, Modern, and Pop. He is currently lead tenor saxophonist with Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, the top jazz orchestra in South America, and has toured with some of the most famous Brazilian musical artists for four decades. Instruments Soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, flutes, clarinet
InterXchange ensemble Is a flexible ensemble dedicated to making international musical exchanges between Brazil and The United States. Ranging in size from a trio to an 18-piece ensemble, the group is assembled as required for its given musical needs. Co-founded and led by Brazilian arranger Gerson Galante and American composer Melanie Mitrano, InterXchange works on two continents, performing in Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, as well as in the New York area. This unique cross-cultural ensemble performs a wide array of musical styles, spanning New Music, American and Brazilian Jazz, MPB (Música Popular Brasileira), Third Stream and Cross-Genres. The members are especially committed to premiering new compositions and arrangements that highlight intersections between Brazilian and American music.
Through live performances and professional recordings, InterXchange seeks outlets for musical alliances such as repertoire swaps, guest artists, and pairings between American and Brazilian artists to create new works. The group actively strives to create collaborative opportunities with composers and other ensembles, cultivating a powerful musical cross-pollination on both the North and South American continents.