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Novelties CDs Andean music
Land of winds > Music > Novelties | Issue 06. Jul.-Aug.2011
By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

As a result of the unexpected nature of Colombian bands —appearing today, splitting in a number of other groups or joining together to form a new one tomorrow and being dissolved before regenerating themselves with a different day the following day— it has become almost impossible to provide appropriate examples for this issue’s “Novelties” section. Thus, in the next paragraphs the reader will find the latest works of three groups (two duets and a trio) representative of the new trends in the Andean music of Colombia; however, with the exception of the latter, they are not strictly “current” works. Anyway, they clearly portray the prevailing forms and styles of Colombian scenes.

Guafa Trío. Entre montañas y sabana
Guafa Trío
Entre montaña y sabana
(2004)
1. Abrazo y besos – 2. Bandolita – 3. Noches del Tolima – 4. Pajarillo – 5. Huracán – 6. Fantasía en 6/8 – 7. Entreverao – 8. Como pa’ desenguayabar – 9. Manolillo – 10. ¡Ay, sos! – 11. Nueva Colombia – 12. El violento – 13. El gavilán – 14. Anita la Bogotanita – 15. Los doce – 16. Zumba pa’ tres
This ensemble’s career started in 1998. At the beginning, their musical repertoire was grounded in the music of the north-eastern plains of Colombia, but as time passed they went on to include songs belonging to the Andean musical heritage in particular and the Latin American in general.
The group is formed by Armando González (cuatro llanero, a stringed instrument), Leonardo Gómez/Julián Gómez (double bass) and Ignacio Ramos (flute). They have successfully toured abroad and released tree albums: “Música tradicional colombiana” (2000), “Entreverao” (2001) and “Entre montaña y sabana”. With the latter they offer a much modern, almost jazzistic, approach to the traditional music of Colombia, besides demonstrating their virtuosity on each instrument (e.g. the flute and the cuatro played in the joropo “Entreverao”).
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Trío Nueva Colombia. El arte de la memoria
Trío Nueva Colombia
El arte de la memoria
(2007)
1. Seré papá – 2. Pitituya – 3. Aloe – 4. A lo Germancho – 5. Danza # 4 – 6. Bambuquirri – 7. Tranquilamente un tipo leal – 8. Transparencia – 9. Carito – 10. Insistime – 11. Vuelamasqueelviento – 12. Quelito – 13. Composición para mi trío / 1. Tan cerca pero tan lejos – 2. Aloe – 3. Bambina – 4. Aguadito – 5. Toña la blanca – 6. Pues clarinete – 7. Monita bonita – 8. El pollo Lucas – 9. Jameato
This atypical Colombian Andean music trio —including piano, tiple and double bass— aims to update traditional rhythms of the Andean region. Appeared in 1986, its line-up consists of Ricardo Pedraza Medina, Mauricio Acosta Avellaneda and Germán Darío Pérez, all of them renowned musicians who have led tradition into the 21st century.
Regarded as one of the modern ensembles with higher artistic level within the Colombian music scene, attending to the quality of both their own compositions and their performing style, the trio has toured abroad, won several awards and launched two albums: “Trío Nueva Colombia” (2000) and “El arte de la memoria”, a double-CD celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ensemble and including pasillos, bambucos, and danzas. Despite the band’s jazzistic and innovative approach, it is possible to identify the Andean and Colombian roots of the music played on this album.
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Secreto a voces
Secreto a voces
Secreto a voces
(2009)
1. Cielo en el mar – 2. Y si vuelves – 3. Así somos las mujeres – 4. Camino del río – 5. Cerraste la puerta – 6. Puede – 7. Rumba de los pregones – 8. Conquista – 9. Los hombres andan diciendo – 10. De piedra en piedra – 11. Mi novio – 12. Esfera azul – 13. Reminiscencias de lo que pudo ser y no fue – 14. A bordo de tu voz
Singers María Olga Piñeros Lara, Silvia Bibiana Ortega Ruiz and Claudia Lucía Grenier Cárdenas met each other at the Javerian University of Bogotá, where both the latter were taught by the former one. Despite the success attained by each of them through their own separate careers as soloists, they made the decision to join together in an ensemble so as to better express the worries and concerns of Colombian women, something that could not be easily achieved by other means.
Their project, similar to other Latin American women’s proposals (i.e. Argentinean “De boca en boca”; literally, from word to mouth), combines careful vocal arrangements with compositions of their own... and a good deal of humour — in their presentations they include what happens during their rehearsals.
Their first album —a double CD/DVD set featuring songs from the ensemble’s performances— not only includes songs inspired by Andean rhythms such as the pasillo, the guabina, the bambuco and the caña, but also a patchwork of very different genres: from the calypso, the blues and the waltz to the bolero.
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