By Matthew Owens
On the back of phenomenal success in his native Chile, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Nano Stern comes to the UK as part of a European Tour. Recently celebrating a recording career spanning five years and including some four albums: Nano Stern, Voy y Vuelvo, Los Espejos and Las Torres de Sal, the Chilean’s rise to fame has been remarkable. Earlier this year Stern picked up a prestigious and much-coveted Altazor Award under the Best Fusion Album category for his fourth and latest album Las Torres del Sal, which can be heard here along with an interview with the singer.
Nano (Fernando) trained in the classical conservatories and is influenced by Chilean legends such as Violeta Parra and Inti-Illimani. His fusion style is a blend of indie, folk and rock, playing Spanish and electric guitar, violin and other more obscure instruments such as the willow flute. Not to be overlooked is his vocal ability that is felt on all his recordings and particularly when performing live.
The UK stop is part of a wider European tour that is including festivals like Sziget, Sfinks, Urkult and WOMAD. Nano’s manager Brian Dubb said Nano was, “really honoured and humbled by the Altazor award. Not only is it peer reviewed but also legends like Antonio Restucci were also nominated. Nano’s really excited to be back in Europe, especially so this time because he is bringing his 6 piece Chilean band for the first time. Also, it’s a big honour for him to play at WOMAD. I believe only Inti-Illimani and Illapu have played there before from Chile.”