Nihco Gallo is a vibraphonist and drummer who has been making music on the seacoast of New Hampshire since 2010. In 2012, Gallo received the Percussive Arts Society’s Terry Gibbs Vibraphone Scholarship, an award that allowed him a semester at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he studied under renowned Hungarian percussionist Bela Zsoldos.
Upon returning to New Hampshire, Gallo began a research project exploring proportion and pattern in music and visual design, which culminated in the development of a series of computer programs that could generate pitch sequences according to idiomatic preferences (degree of counterpoint, chromaticism, randomness, etc). This study also introduced the work of interdisciplinary artist-researchers Gyorgy Ligeti, Kasimir Malevich, and Ioannis Xenakis, who became fast influences on his composition and performance.
Currently, Gallo writes and performs in coastal NH and ME, where he leads and supplements a wide array of musical groups.