Carrera Quinta, created in 2006 by Francy Montalvo and Javier Pérez, is a Colombian traditional music group. Their style blends the influences of traditional Colombian composers and ensembles-such as German Dario Perez, Oriol Rangel, Trio Morales Pino, and Leon Cardona-with jazz concepts.
Lately, Carrera Quinta has been awarded in different competitions around Colombia, such as the 2010 Hatoviejo-Cotrafa Music Festival, one of the most important performance competitions in Colombian traditional music as well as the 2010 competition Nuevas Músicas Mestizas (New crossbreed music) organized by Bogota's Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, Francy Montalvo's composition "En Esencia" was winner in the Colombian Cultural Department traditional composition competition. In 2006, they were sponsored with a research scholarship awarded by the Colombian Cultural Department. The research centered on the application of jazz improvisation in Colombian traditional music.
Carrera Quinta has extended its creative process with research work by publishing two books: Method of Improvisation in the Colombian Pasillo (2006) and Pasillos, Bambucos, Guabinas: An Urban Vision (2009). In December 2006, the magazine Arcadia reviewed their first book and called it one of the most important music books published during that year. They also have published articles about jazz influences in traditional styles in the Colombian Cultural Department's journal A Contratiempo. Their research work has been presented in musical conferences in Colombia and in the VII Congress of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Latin American Branch held at Universidad Católica in Lima, Peru in 2008.
Carrera Quinta features Pedro Acosta (drums), Cesar Medina (saxophone), Dario Montoya (flute), Daniel Montoya (electric bass), Javier Pérez (guitar), and Francy Montalvo (piano), all of them faculty members at Universidad el Bosque School of Music in Bogotá, Colombia.