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Guillermo Klein Quartet

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 04 March 2013

Baroque fugue, American minimalism, wistful tango-canción and folksong simplicity combine in the music of Guillermo Klein. Seeing himself as first and foremost a composer, Klein emerged at the start of the last decade with a distinct brand of grooving Latin music, skilfully arranged for his large-ensemble Big Van project and the eleven-piece Los Guachos. Visiting the UK with fellow pianist Aaron Goldberg and saxophonists Chris Cheek and Miguel Zenón (collaborators encountered during his days on the New York jazz scene), the music of this Wigmore Hall concert forefronts a more intimate chamber-group side to Klein's musical personality.

Klein describes his music in terms of the three cities in which he has lived. Growing up a student of Argentinian 20th-century classical and folk music traditions, a move from Buenos Aires to Berklee and subsequent years playing in New York brought him in contact for the first time with minimalism and jazz, genres which certainly shine through in the complex rhythmic textures of the quartet's performance - while his time living in Barcelona brought about a focus on European classical music. "You cannot abstract yourself from a place - you must interact," he says, attributing his sudden and apparently impromptu bursts of vocals to the city to which he has now returned, Buenos Aires. "It's a very emotional city. People singing in the street, on the bus. Some tunes need to be sung. I'll sing them."

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Phil Smith & Peggy Sutton.

Music Played

28 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Baroque Spring: Listener's Choice

    • Image for The Swingle Singers

      The Swingle Singers Fugue No. 2 in C Minor (WTC I)

      Composer: J.S.Bach

      Jazz Sebastian Bach, Philips

  • Baroque Spring: Jazz-Baroque Mini Mix

    • Image for Raymond Fol

      Raymond Fol Les 4 Saisons Concerto No. 2 L'Ete (Presto)

      Composer: Vivaldi

      Jazz in Paris: Les Four Saisons, Emarcy

    • Image for Uri Caine

      Uri Caine Goldberg-Variationen, Aria Mit 30 Veränderungen (Klavierübung IV) BWV 988: Variation for P

      Composer: J.S. Bach

      The Goldberg Variations, Winter & Winter

    • Image for Nina Simone

      Nina Simone Love Me Or Leave Me [1956 version]

      Composer: Walter Donaldson / Gus Kahn

      Little Girl Blue, Bethlehem

  • Interview: Guillermo Klein's tale of three cities

  • Guillermo Klein Quartet recorded at the Wigmore Hall, London on 1 February 2013

    • Line up: Guillermo Klein (piano, voice); Aaron Goldberg (piano, Fender Rhodes); Chris Cheek (tenor, soprano and baritone saxophones); Miguel Zenon (alto saxophone, flute)

    • Image for Guillermo Klein Quartet

      Guillermo Klein Quartet Bon Repas

      Composer: Guillermo Klein

    • Image for Guillermo Klein

      Guillermo Klein All the Things You Are

      Composer: Jerome Kern

    • Image for Guillermo Klein Quartet

      Guillermo Klein Quartet Burrito

      Composer: Guillermo Klein

    • Image for Guillermo Klein Quartet

      Guillermo Klein Quartet Amor Profundo

      Composer: Guillermo Klein

    • Image for Guillermo Klein Quartet

      Guillermo Klein Quartet Airport Fugue

      Composer: Guillermo Klein

    • Image for Guillermo Klein Quartet

      Guillermo Klein Quartet Moreira

      Composer: Guillermo Klein

    • Image for Guillermo Klein Quartet

      Guillermo Klein Quartet Yeso

      Composer: Guillermo Klein

  • Baroque Spring: Listener's Choice

    • Image for George Gruntz

      George Gruntz Ciacona F-Moll

      Composer: Pachelbel

      Bach Humbug! Or Jazz Goes Baroque, Philips

  • Agustí Fernández profile with Ferran Esteve

    • Image for Agustí Fernández

      Agustí Fernández Pianoactivity IV

      Composer: Agustí Fernández

      Pianoactivity | One, Sirulita

    • Image for Agustí Fernández / Joan Saura

      Agustí Fernández / Joan Saura Llevant

      Composer: Agustí Fernández / Joan Saura

      Vents, Psi

    • Image for Liquid Trio

      Liquid Trio Pistia

      Composer: Agustí Fernández



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