Creating a language of his own, Nano Stern, comes to The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley |

Creating a language of his own, Nano Stern, comes to The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley

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Nano Stern joined a popular Chilean underground band, Mattoral, when he was 15-years-old and was initiated into the socio-political pulse of the South American punk/rock scene.
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WHO: The Center for the Arts presents

WHAT: Nano Stern

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: The Center for the Arts

314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

TICKETS: $24 Member, $27 General public

The Center Box Office — 530-274-8384 ext 14

BriarPatch Co-op Community Market — 530-272-5333

Tickets online at


WorldFest favorite Nano Stern returns to Nevada County for a concert at The Center for the Arts on Saturday.

Stern’s path as an artist follows richly crafted song lines laid by his family and his Chilean musical ancestry, and unites those with a sound utterly fresh and relevant.

The confluence of recent student and environmental political events in his home country Chile and Nano’s rise as an articulate writer and performer have, much to his chagrin, positioned him as the voice of a newly politicized Chilean generation.

The grandson of Jewish refugees fleeing persecution, Nano’s childhood was painted vivid by not only his own family’s activism and musicianship but by the powerful legacy of the Nueva Canción movement lead by Chilean musical activists during Pinochet’s dictatorship a generation before.

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Legends like Inti-Illimani and Victor Jara — who suffered exile and even death during these troubling times — continue to inspire Nano’s breadth of sound and emotion.

“I am extremely respectful of the tradition,” said Stern, “It is an enormous gift we received from the people of the past.”

When only 15, Stern joined popular Chilean underground band, Mattoral, 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 Mattoral, his classical and jazz training, and the powerful influence of traditional, Chilean revolutionary music make for something purely Stern.

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.

“I’m generally working to create a language of my own,” said Stern.

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