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Guillermo Klein

Guillermo Klein

In his arrangements, pianist Guillermo Klein, a native of Buenos Aires, weaves an imaginative web out of materials gleaned from influences as diverse as minimalist Steve Reich, 19th-century Argentine composer Carlos Garcia, famed instructor Herb Pomeroy and J.S. Bach. Although hints of his Latin American origins sneak in through references to tango, Argentine folk forms, Cuban clavé and some wafting Brazilianisms, the most noticeable features of Klein’s work, particularly his love of thick counterpoint, reveal his strong foundation in the classics.

“My music instructor, Maestro [Sergio] Hualpa, opened Bach’s world for me,” Klein says. “It was like a philosophy-the democracy of the fugues, the golden number and the harmonic world created by the movement and interaction of the voices. I used to apply that greatness to everything I liked and respected.”

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