Gabriel San Roman
Nano Stern is Chile’s Newest Folk-Loving Musical Hero
“The culture of Chile is a complete unknown [in the United States],” says singer-songwriter Nano Stern. “For my performance, that makes for a very fresh context.”
Take his looks. Long locks of hair dangling past a bristly beard pencil him as either a rockeroor folk singer. But his signature fedora signals a jazzy cool that, in the United States, doesn’t really make sense with the rest of his appearance but in Chile helps to peg Stern as an innovative standard-bearer for nueva canción, Chile’s beloved social-movement music.
Read more on my latest feature for Gustavo Arellano's Weekly!