The Colombian group Itinerante.

The Colombian group Itinerante. / Juan Diego Muñoz

On a recent late afternoon, on the thirteenth floor of a high-rise apartment building near downtown Bogotá, the three members of Itinerante are rehearsing a classic piece of Colombian Andean music from the early 1900s, called "Juguete."

At the center of this music, and this band, are three types of stringed instruments, two of them native to Colombia. There's the tiple, a twelve- and steel-stringed guitar-like instrument, played by 33-year-old Diego Bahamón a twelve- and steel-string guitar-like instrument, the bandola, a twelve-string mandolin-like instrument played by 24-year-old Mateo Patiño, and the six-string Spanish guitar of 38-year-old Sebastián Martínez.

By elegantly folding in influences like Led Zeppelin and Queen, the three have quickly moved towards the center stage of the Andean scene. They are, according to Paulo Sánchez, director of the Bogotá venue Teatro ColSubsidio, "bringing back the trio format to a superlative level."

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