Guillermo Klein Biography

Buenos Aires, Argentina. After studying piano and composition formally from the age of 11, Klein’s ability and developing interest in jazz brought him to the Berklee College Of Music in 1990. There he continued his performance and composition studies with Hal Crook, Jeff Friedman, Herb Pomeroy and others. After graduation, he continued his studies in New York with Carlos Franzeti. From 1995 Klein arranged for Paquito D’Rivera’s United Nation Orchestra and also led his own large ensemble, Big Van, on a regular weekly gig at Small’s. In his music, Klein displays his South American roots while alongside, and sometimes simultaneously, conveys impressions of his chief influences, among whom are Gil Evans, Duke Ellington, Astor Piazzolla, Steve Reich and Kenny Wheeler. Richly melodic, with intriguing harmonies, and the colourful tonal palette of South American voicings, Klein’s music is varied and fascinating, engrossing and exciting. His penchant for writing challenging music for big bands, and his ability to find many top-flight New York musicians eager to play his scores, set him aside from most of his contemporaries. Despite the manifold influences, or perhaps because of them, there is a freshness and originality to his compositions that mark him out as a key musician of his time.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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