The Nihco Gallo Trio is semi-chordless jazz trio featuring new improvised music as well as jazz, pop, and classical repertoire arranged in unexpected contexts and combinations. The trio draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of Dover bassist Scott Kiefner and Boston drummer Zak King to transition between compositions and styles with freedom and fluidity, and groove.
Nihco Gallo is a vibraphonist in the Seacoast New Hampshire. In 2010, Gallo matriculated at the University of New Hampshire, where he began his studies in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, alongside lessons with drummer Les Harris, Jr. In 2012, Nihco Gallo received the Percussive Arts Society's "Terry Gibbs Vibraphone Scholarship", an international award given to a single student jazz vibraphonist, which allowed him to spend a semester studying under percussionist Bela Zsoldos and guitarist Gyula Babos at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Gallo currently resides in Portsmouth, NH where he leads and supplements a wide range of groups.
Scott Kiefner is a versatile, in-demand bassist currently based on the seacoast of New Hampshire. He graduated from McGill University's Schulich School of Music in 2012. Since returning to New England, he has performed and/or recorded with Vinx, Delfeayo Marsalis, Bill McHenry, Steve Grover, and many more. He teaches at the Concord Community Music School and maintains a busy performing schedule in New England, New York City, and beyond.
Zak King is a talented percussionist currently residing in Boston. He began playing music at a very young age, and at 14 played his first gig as the drummer and vocalist of metal outfit Epicenter. Since then, Zak has studied classical, jazz, and contemporary styles, and most recently attended New England Conservatory to work with the likes of Billy Hart, Bob Moses, and Jerry Leake. His diverse experience and eclectic taste shape his unique sound on the drum set.