Hoot/Wisdom's Album Receives Latin GRAMMY Nomination

FAU faculty and students in the Department of Music received two Latin GRAMMY nominations.


By polly-burks | 9/25/2015

The album“Bogotá – Buenos Aires,” which was produced at Florida Atlantic University’s Hoot/Wisdom Recordings under the direction of FAU associate professor Alejandro-Sánchez Samper, received a GRAMMY nomination in the “Best Tango Album” category for the 16th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®. The album was one of six nominated in the tango category, and the winning album will be announced at the Latin GRAMMY Awards event on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“Bogotá – Buenos Aires,” which was recorded at FAU and released on June 30 through Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, is a fusion of contemporary Argentinian arrangements and Colombian Andean folk rhythms interpreted by the Quinteto Leopoldo Federico, a contemporary tango quintet from Colombia. The quintet is composed of Giovanni Parra (bandoneon), Alberto Tamayo (piano), Miguel Ángel Guevara (violin), Kike Harker (contrabass) and Francisco Avellaneda (guitar), and pays homage to the late Argentine bandoneon player Leopoldo Federico. “Bogotá – Buenos Aires” is the group’s debut album and was produced by Sánchez-Samper and Giovanni Parra, the director of the Quinteto.

“I am thrilled to have recruited the Quinteto Leopoldo Federico to record this album, and it is an honor to have been nominated at the GRAMMY Awards,” said Sánchez-Samper. “It was also exciting to engineer the album with current and former FAU students, including FAU alumnus Matt Baltrucki. Projects like this one offer students the opportunity to work on world class music.”

Hoot/Wisdom Recordings 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, choreography, production, engineering, recording services, video services, promotion and marketing, talent scouting, promotions and marketing, web site management, newsletter production, finance, legal issues, and accounting.  Hoot Wisdom was established in 2003 and has produced 22 albums to date.

Physical and digital copies of “Bogotá – Buenos Aires” are available to purchase at www.hootwisdom.bandcamp.com or at the iTunes store. For more information, contact Alejandro Sánchez-Samper at 561-706-4805 or asanch51@fau.edu.

FAU Jazz Band director Major Bailey is also up for a Latin GRAMMY nomination for his performance on the album Ed Calle’s “Mamblue,”which was nominated in the “Best Instrumental Album” category. Bailey has been a professional musician for more than 20 years and is a two-time GRAMMY nominated jazz artist.  Bailey, a U.S. sergeant first class major, was the bass trombonist for the Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band from 2001-2009, and has been on several Jazz Ambassador recordings and hundreds of performances in 49 states, Canada and Norway. Bailey joined FAU’s Department of Music in the fall and currently directs the FAU Jazz Band and teaches trombone and euphonium.

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