BOCA RATON, FL | SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 – Colombian music ensemble, Quinteto Leopoldo Federico is proud to be nominated for a second Latin GRAMMY®. Yesterday, it was announced that their highly-acclaimed album, Pa’ Qué Más, which released on June 29, 2017, would be nominated in the Best Folk Album category. The album was recorded and produced at Florida Atlantic University for Hoot/Wisdom Recordings under the direction of Associate Professor Alejandro-Sánchez Samper and Giovanni Parra, the Director of Quinteto Leopoldo Federico. The album was engineered by Associate Professor Sánchez-Samper and Assistant Professor Matt Baltrucki, with Assistant Engineers on the project including Instructor Rob Rimmington, and commercial music graduates Iván Beltrán, Carlos Patiño and Joel Iglesias, along with current commercial music students Patrick Montanari and Chris Moragne (watch the documentary behind the making of the album here). The 18th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® will take place on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Quinteto Leopoldo Federico’s debut album Bogotá – Buenos Aires, received a Latin GRAMMY® in 2015 in the Best Tango” category. Although Quinteto Leopoldo Federico is best known as a tango ensemble, Pa’ Qué Más, is a tribute to Colombian Andean Music through the instrumentation of a tango quintet that consists of bandoneon, electric guitar, piano, double bass and violin. The album kicks off with an arrangement of La Cucharita, a popular folk tune from Colombia that has remained in the TOP 20 of La Radio Nacional de Colombia (Colombia’s equivalent to NPR) for 12 consecutive weeks. The album then takes you through a sonic journey of commissioned compositions and arrangements from some of Colombia’s most prominent musicians from the Andean folk music genre such as María Isabel Saavedra, Germán Dario Pérez, Fernando León, Lucas Saboya and Carlos Guzmán.
Giovanni Parra, the Director of Quinteto Leopoldo Federico elaborated: “I studied bandoneon [the accordion of Tango] for five years in Buenos Aires and I love tango but I am also from Bogotá, Colombia and I had this crazy idea of envisioning Colombian Andean music, the music from our homeland using instruments of Tango.”
Professor Alejandro-Sánchez Samper added: “Most people when they think of the music of Colombia, they immediately think of Shakira and Carlos Vives. Colombia has a rich variety of musical styles and although much emphasis has been placed on the popular music of the coastal region of Colombia, in recent years there has been a significant revival and interest in the music of the Andes region of Colombia. I am thrilled that the voting members of the Latin Recording Academy have recognized this album through this nomination.”
The album was recorded in November 2016 with Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, which is part of the Commercial Music Program in the Department of Music in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. It is a student-run record label where students are involved in all aspects of the label, including songwriting, production, engineering, talent scouting, promotions and marketing, website management, newsletter production, finance, legal issues, and accounting. Hoot/Wisdom Recordings was established in 2002 under the direction of Professor Michael Zager and has produced 28 albums to date.