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Chilean Singer-Songwriter to Give Free Performance at Weis Center

Nov 02, 2015 07:36PM ● By Erica Shames

Chilean singer-songwriter Nano Stern will perform on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University - Lewisburg, PA. The free performance is open to the public and tickets are not required. The performance is sponsored, in part, by iHeartMedia.

Immediately before the performance from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center lobby, ethnomusicologist Megan Rancier, a professor in musicology and ethnomusicology at Bowling Green, will discuss Chilean music, particularly the generation that influenced Stern. Her visit is sponsored by the University Lectureship Committee.

Stern will also offer a free workshop on Nov. 4 at noon in the Weis Center lobby, in which he will discuss the history of Latin American music, from indigenous times through the influence of the Spanish Conquistadors and the arrival of African slaves. He will explain the songs, stories and styles that he has learned from his winding travels across Latin America, from his home of Chile up to Cuba. Stern will also demonstrate his unique percussive guitar playing style. The workshop will be facilitated by Associate Professor of Spanish, Elisabeth Guerrero.

Stern is widely recognized as the voice of his generation — outspoken, passionate and experimental, topping charts and leading marches for freedom and equality across South America.

His charismatic live performances and his passionate and poetic advocacy for social justice result in a true and honest universal message, delivered with an intense energy and a high level of musicality, dwelling deeply into tradition while being contemporary with the passion of youth. ​​

Folk legend Joan Baez remarked, "[Nano] may be the best young Chilean songwriter of his generation. With his lyrics, melodies, message, delivery, humor and heart, he gets my vote."

His style is an Indie-Folk-Rock-Jazz fusion; deeply rooted in traditional Chilean music and inspired by legends Violeta Parra, Victor Jara and Inti-Illimani, yet combined with a host of influences absorbed from his travels around the world, as well as his early classical training. Added to the mix is a love for rock, which results in a truly unique sound, the whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts.

Stern is an accomplished musician, playing a range of instruments from Spanish and electric guitars and violin to the Andean and Nordic flutes. Not to be underrated is the power and emotion that emanates from his vocal prowess and his intimate and rousing connection to his audiences, at home in Chile and across the world.

When only 15, Stern joined popular Chilean underground band, Matorral, and thus was initiated into the fresh, new sounds and socio-political pulse of the South American rock/punk scene. The thick rock-energy of Matorral, his classical and jazz training, and the powerful influence of traditional, Chilean revolutionary music make for something purely Nano.

What has emerged is a powerhouse artist, brilliantly layering indigenous, African and European elements into a sound all his own, and humbly bringing audiences to tears, to their feet, and to reverie with a singular kind of emotion and soulfulness unlike any other South American artist performing today.

Stern released his fifth studio album, Mil 500 Vueltas, in July 2015. The CD immediately became No. 1 iTunes Chile and went Gold in September 2015. The album features Uruguayan legend Jorge Drexler and international folk music icon and social activist Baez. The album also features guest vocalist performances by Marta Gomez (Colombia), Susana Baca (Peru) and Pedro Aznar (Argentina).

In the song Festejo de Color (Festival of Color), off Mil 500 Vueltas, Stern sheds a shimmering light on the beautiful mixing of cultures that results from migration. Nano originally wrote Festejo de Color as a homage to his grandparents who were forced to flee from Eastern Europe during WWII.  However, Nano explains that this song quickly developed into a profound recognition of all migrants, the pains they endure and the celebration of their arrival into a new home.  Through Festejo de Color, Nano suppresses xenophobia and celebrates the mixing of cultures, races and ethnicities.

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or

The next event in the Weis Center's 2015-16 series is a modern dance performance by Ailey II on Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.


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