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Guillermo Nojechowicz

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Guillermo Nojechowicz is the percussive drive behind his band EL ECO’s elegant fusion of Brazilian Argentinean jazz. Combining samba and the 3ghter lines of straight-ahead jazz, he is a master of all the idioms, including Cuban, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Funk – and of course, tango. A drummer who plays with the ear of a composer, Nojechowicz wrote most of the material on the band’s long-awaited new CD, Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933 (Zoho Music), which features Grammy Award winner trumpeter Brian Lynch.

Nojechowicz has also performed with Claudio Rodi3, Donny McCaslin, Jon Faddis, Danilo Perez, Airto Moreira, Romero Lubambo, and Carly Simon. Renowned jazz vocalist Luciana Souza has called Guillermo’s new CD “a beau3ful and important record.” An international clinician and educator, Nojechowicz has taught at the Berklee Five Week Summer Program since 2010 and is a faculty member with the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Cambridge Rindge and La3n School. He was an Ar3st-in-Residence at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, where he worked with film composer Elliot Goldenthal (Frida) and director Andrei Serban. Nojechowicz just wrote the music for the film “Jazz Saved My LIfe,” directed by Jus3n Freed, which premiered at the Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA in December ’22. Recently he traveled to Argentina where he performed with his new project Norte y Sur Quartet at BeBop in Buenos Aires. He was also in Santago, Chile teaching a Master Class at the Conservatory de Santiago. This past January he performed at the Panama Jazz Festival. 

Awards

EL ECO with Guillermo Nojechowicz has been nominated a number of times for the Best Latin Band by the Boston Music Awards and the Spanish newspaper "El Planeta." EL ECO has received twice a grant from The Artist Foundation. Guillermo is a voting member for The Grammy Awards since 2002.

Latest Guillermo's project - May 2024

Argentinean jazz drummer and composer Guillermo Nojechowicz will perform in Los Angeles for the first time on Wednesday June 26 at Sam First. This is a new project Norte y Sur Quartet - featuring French pianist Christian Jacob, Henry Trey on bass, and Dan Rosenboom on trumpet. Come for an exciting night of jazz and tango music. Guillermo is currently living in Boston. Recently the quartet performed at BeBop in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Panama Jazz Festival.  Guillermo's previous disk was "Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933".  Please see a link below for the music.  The project was inspired by the immigration of his father and grandmother from Poland to Buenos Aires, avoiding the Concentration Camps. 


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Album Review

Guillermo Nojechowicz's El Eco: Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933

Read "Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933" reviewed by Troy Dostert


In 1933, Europeans were only beginning to understand the horrors that the Nazi regime would bring to the continent. But already at that early stage, Jewish communities reacted with alarm to Hitler's rise to power--and many consequently made the decision to emigrate. One of the most common destinations in the Western Hemisphere was Argentina, which had served as a haven for Jews escaping European persecution since the sixteenth century. It is against this historical backdrop that Argentinian drummer Guillermo Nojechowicz ...

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"The high quotient of both jazz and exotic Latin American rhythms, performed with warmth and deep understanding, makes El Eco's CD Two Worlds uncommonly attractive." - Mark Holston, JAZZIZ

"This is true world music at its best." - Ron Mason, KANSAI TIMEOUT/JAPAN "Guillermo's tunes are fabulous and I loved the performances on this disk. El Eco's CD is simply fantastic." —Paquito D'Rivera

About "Puertro de Buenos Aires 1933":

"This is a beautiful and important record."— Jazz vocalist Luciana Souza

Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

Boston

Credentials/Background

International clinician. Guillermo teaches at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, MA and at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Two Worlds

Dreambox Media
2003

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