A Native of Bogotá, Colombia, Alejandro Flórez came to the United States to study music at the University of North Texas. While pursuing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Jazz Studies, he had the opportunity to play with faculty members Fred Hamilton and Stefan Karlsson and study composition with professors John Mallia and Cindy McTee. In addition, he was a Teaching Fellow in the UNT Jazz program.
Over the course of his five years in Texas, he received private lessons from John Stowell and Ben Monder. After graduating in the summer of 2005 he moved to New York City, where he works as a guitarist, teacher, and composer. He is also active in the jazz and urban music scene in Colombia, performing regularly at local venues and festivals in his country of origin. His current projects include Tibagui, which performs original music based on Colombian rhythms from the Andes; the Alejandro Flórez Trio, on which he performs original Colombian jazz; the free improvisation trios Apama and Torus; and the Gallo/Flórez Duo, a group that explores the traditional music of the Colombian Andes. He also perfoms regularly with Cumbiamba eNeYe, Pablo Mayor Folklore Urbano and others.