Nahuel Pennisi in Concert

Lecture Series

October 17, 2015

7:00-9:00pm

Assembly Hall

Nahuel was born in Buenos Aires on October 19, 1990. From birth, he showed a special sensitivity for music. Around the age of three, his parents noticed that he would be so moved with music that it would bring him to tears.  He began listening to many guitarists and copied their musical arrangements, chords, and dynamics. He discovered the musical riches of the Argentine folklore and began to learn to interpret works of this style. Fundamentally, his interest at this time was to develop his skill on his instrument: the guitar.

In January 2009, Nahuel participated in the biggest festival of Argentine folklore, the Festival of Cosquín, as a result of winning first place in an unpublished songwriting contest.   This gave him the opportunity to be heard by Argentina’s music legends, including the great recording artist Luis Salinas. Salinas was so impressed with Nahuel that he invited him as a guest performer at one of his concerts.

In August of that same year, Nahuel was invited to perform in Mexico and later again the following year to perform a series of scheduled concerts, where he shared the stage with Latin American recording artists like Sin Bandera, Belinda and even the renowned singer Juan Gabriel.

During 2010 and 2011, Nahuel toured Argentina, where he began to perform his original songs and made his mark in the music industry.

Last year, Nahuel began recording his first album of unreleased songs, with the collaboration of musicians such as Luis Salinas, the Chango Spasiuk, Teresa Parodi, Ruben "mono" Insaurralde, and musician and producer Popi Spatocco, among others.

While recording, Nahuel was invited as the lead actor in the medieval opera Orfeo, which was produced by the prestigious European opera company Arpeggiatta in Colombia. Also, he performed with the Argentinean artist Leon Gieco for United Nations representatives from around the world at the Argentinian Embassy in New York.

This year, as he finalizes the release of his album through Sony records, 22-year-old Nahuel believes that the road ahead is brighter than ever and is thankful to be who he is – an instrument of music.  "I feel I have a big commitment to music, and I am prepared to live it,” he says.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are $20. Click here to purchase tickets.

Sponsored by the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series, Sylvia Hevia Productions, AARP Illinois, the Consulate General of the Argentine Republic in Chicago, and Yes! Press.

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