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Guillermo Nojechowicz

Guillermo Nojechowicz

In these days of NAFTA and the European Union, a world without borders is becoming more of a reality. But musicians, from time immemorial, have ignored political and cultural barriers to borrow, to learn, to assimilate.

Enter Argentine-born drummer, composer and arranger Guillermo Nojechowicz (noh-hay-choh-wees), who was nourished from birth with a steady diet of tango and Argentine folk dances like the chacarera, zamba and gato; treated from early childhood to annual summer feasts of Afro-Uruguayan candombé; and as a teenager, Nojechowicz says, “I began to listen to jazz-influenced tango composers like Astor Piazzola, and then, in my early 20s, I went to Brazil and became enchanted by the rich percussion and other elements I’d never heard before. The jazz elements in that music opened me even more to jazz.”

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