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Voy y Vuelvo

Nano Stern
Voy y Vuelvo

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La Cosecha

Nano Stern
La Cosecha

Las Torres De Sal

Nano Stern
Las Torres De Sal

Live In Concert

Nano Stern
Live In Concert

Los Espejos

Nano Stern
Los Espejos

Nano Stern

Nano Stern
Nano Stern

Alison Pearl, Woodford

He was a big hit at Woodford, and is hard to describe. He's one of those totally original, quite virtuosic, beyond any genre, very compelling and exciting artists that makes our world feel very small and connected and we-are-all-one, as well as infinite, at the same time.

Tony Hillier. March 2008

One of the most delightful discoveries of the last Woodford Folk Festival was singer-guitarist Nano Stern. On his Australian debut, the cherubic-faced young Chilean, who spends most of his time in Europe these days, made a big impression with his passionate songs and singing and inventive nylon-string guitar playing. The polish and panache displayed there comes across on both of his albums. Also his wide sphere of influence.
The 2006 debut album Nano Stern perhaps shows off his guitar work to better effect, with two fine classically-inspired instrumentals, ‘Organica’ and ‘Mañanera’. The set also includes ‘Cantaba’, a catchy song that was well received at Woodford, the lovely ‘El Tiempo Nos Dira’ and ‘No Quiero Vender’ with its descending figures.
2007’s Voy y Vuelvo, on which Nano is joined by some of his amigos, puts the accent on the artist’s multi-instrumental talents (he also plays violin, bass and keyboards). ‘No te Imaginas’ and ‘Nabe’ underline his talents as a balladeer.
If you missed Nano Stern on his current tour, fear not: he promises to return down under with a band next year.

Marianne Mettes Fly Magazine

Home is Where the Guitar Is

One thing is often said about Nano Sternm the 23 year old multi-intrumentalist singer-songwriter from Chile. When Stern sings, people just can't help but listen, although they may not even understand Spanish.

What is it about Stern that grabs people's attention so uch? Travelling the world and performing in different countries has made him develop other ways of engaging with audiences to overcome language barriers. Stern explains all this has in turn strengthened his musicianship and performance skills.

"I think it's a matter of energy in the energy in the end," Stern says. "It's how you connect to them. Language can even become an obstacle at some point, because you are listening to the meaning of the words, rather then listening to the sound of them. I think a big part of language is the sound of words, which you miss out on a little bit when you understand what they're about. Its about music or text or understanding or not - it's just about connecting.

An analogy would be a blind person using and enhancing their other senses to be able to see things without using their eyes.

"Every language has its own sound.  The beauty of learning other languages is the ability to capture all those sounds. I could sing or compose my songs in other languages, but I choose not to do that because it just doesn't feel natural for me to do that."

Stern calls himself nomadic, since he no longer has a home anywhere in the world.

"Every day I'm somewhere else; new people, new location, but the same spirit in the end. It's as beautiful as much as hard sometimes...You get a bit tired and you feel a bit homeless, rather than homesick, because there is no home anymore.

"When I go back to Chile. my family is there, my childhood friends and my memories and everything - but I don't have a house. I have a home in my heart, but not really have a physical place where all my stuff is stored. And I don't keep too many things either, because I am on the road most of the time, so I like to travel light."

Stern speaks about growing up and how big it is a part of his music today.

"I'm really grateful for my parents giving me a chance to learn and having to listen to hours and hours of terrible violin playing! But it paid off in the end and now I get to do what I love the most."

But there is one possession that will never leave his side, and that says Stern is his guitar.

"That's my home. For the time being it's my home, my partner, my bank account - everything."

Rob Mellett, Time Off 2009

It was 2004 when a then 18-year old Chilean, Nano Stern, packed his bags and, in a giant leap of faith followed a yearning to explore the European jazz and gypsy music scene in Europe.

Once on his travels, events unfolded very quickly for the young multi-instrumentalist.

The musicians he encountered along the way changed his life forever. From the group of travellers who picked him up while hitchhiking and introduced him to the festival world of Ethnom to his pivotal meeting with Tato Gomez, whom he worked with on his debut self-titled solo album incorporating Colombian cumbias and the vallentos of La Parrada, it was clear Nano had found his true calling.

While in Amsterdam he studied at the Jazz department of the Amsterdam Conservatory and co-produced musician Indo's debut album Reciclaje Latinoamericano.

A side project with Phillippe Lemm, Wazabe, then provided him with the perfect vehicle for his love of Jazz. Wazabe, he says, that that "family feel, the way it should be."

"leaving home was a big mind opening event." Nano says.

"I have always loved traditional indigenous music and wanted to study and play natural gypsy and jazz styles of Europe.

"My sister Claudia inspired me. She is a guitarist and a teacher. Neither one of my parents play music, but I was playing music before I remember. At the age of three I picked up the violin and by the time I was six years old I was learning guitar also."

The 23 year old is preparing to release his third album, Loz Espejos, in May. He finds the writing process a many headed beast. Even when he is asleep music comes to him.

"Many, many times this has happened. I will get the gist of a song, but the songs are so complex and intricate, so I never recall them in their entirety in the morning."

Nano produces all his own work, including Los Espejos which, he says took about a year to write and record.

Is there not a fear that in producing his own work, he could miss things another pair of ears could pick up on?

"So far I haven't found anybody I would like to take over the role, but I am sure the time will come and when it does I will embrace it.

"I love producing my own work because it allows me to follow my vision. I am very self critical and come down hard on myself. So, for now at least I trust myself to play the music that I love."

Nano's fame has spread so far that music promoters the world over seek him out  to play at festivals.

Speaking from Sydney after playing the Port Fairy Folk Festival, he reveals how the Chilean government approached him to act as a talent scout, a project he says is a big honour.

Nano says playing music for a living makes everyday a joy - so much fun, in fact that he thinks nothing of playing nine gigs in just three days.

"I love what I do: every day is a working day even though I am not stage." he says.

"I'm just so lucky. I have crammed a hell of a lot into my life, I know. But I can't wait to play a gig. It's very relaxing for me and stage fright is something I do not feel.

When not gigging, you will fin him surrounded by eager pupils.

"One of the best things for me is teaching. I absolutely love doing festival workshops. Just talking about the whole culture of my region and showing people how to play is so rewarding."

His current Australian tour will see him arrive at Tanks Arts Centre on March 27, for a double billing with The Montreal Guitar Trio. This will be his first time this far north.

"I have wanted to play Tanks for sometime." He says.

"I read songlines (the Bruce Chatwin book) and became fascinated with the far north. I can't wait to see the forest and the reef.