Guillermo Klein Jazz Composition Clinic

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Monday / January 27, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street

Argentine pianist and jazz composer Guillermo Klein '94 has earned a great deal of respect within the jazz community, largely as a result of his long residency at Small's jazz club in New York and his periodic stints at the Village Vanguard with his band, Los Guachos.  

As a bandleader and principal composer/arranger for Los Guachos, Klein is responsible for sustaining a large ensemble of the highest caliber musicians that creates music that is both attractive and unique. Their new recording, Carrera, demonstrates the tremendous bond that continues to grow amongst the members of the band, whose story began at Berklee College of Music, where Klein studied composition and jazz during the early 1990s.

At Berklee, Klein met a number of sympathetic musicians with whom he created a large ensemble, which continued to assemble after his move to New York City. Los Guachos was a culmination of Berklee friends and New York associates that came together to play Klein’s music for residencies at Small’s Jazz Club and the Jazz Standard.

The music of Klein and Los Guachos is striking because it is meticulous, yet it feels extremely natural and meaningful. The ensemble’s ability to pull off such a feat, considering the complicated rhythmic puzzles, harmonic adventures and Spanish lyrics, is astounding and is only achievable when a group convenes with purpose and love.