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Charismatic Buenos Aires-born vocalist and guitarist Guillermo Rozenthuler has become one of the leading voices of Argentine Tango and South American song in the UK.
Since his arrival in the UK in 2000 he’s been performing as a solo artist and with bands across Great Britain in a variety of Latin ensembles.
In 2003, Guillermo founded Rioplatenses, a band dedicated to play and promote the folkloric music from Argentina. They performed at most of Britain’s major festivals, including Womad, City of London, SouthBank Festival and many others.
A soulful singer and a versatile improviser, Guillermo’s originals and his distinctive take on popular songs from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Cuba are sometimes influenced by Middle Eastern and Indian vocal styles. He has performed and regularly appears in some of London’s major Jazz and World music venues, such as Pizza Express Live, Ronnie Scotts, Kings Place, Green Note.
As a tango singer, Guillermo has recently toured the UK with box- office success show Midnight Tango. He’s currently the vocalist of the London Tango Orchestra, Tango Clasico Trio, Pinta Brava and Los Mareados.
Other highlights of his career in the UK were being a soloist at Pete Churchill’s modern oratorio ‘The Journey” with orchestra and mass choir at the Royal Albert Hall, and singing the Argentine Anthem at Twickenham Stadium for the Rugby World Cup.
Guillermo’s love of Latin American music prompted him to engage high quality South American musicians and develop Candombe! -Afro-Latin music from Uruguay and Brazil Meu Amor, a band performing classic and modern Brazilian songs.
His latest collaboration with UK musicians is “Musica Paradiso’ a band shared with British jazz star Tina May and string orchestra. He’s developing two more projects: ‘Agora’, a collaboration with internationally acclaimed Latin Jazz pianist Edward Simon, and has just released the first album of the London Tango Orchestra.
Alongside being a versatile vocalist and improviser, Guillermo works regularly as a voice teacher and group facilitator. He enjoys inspiring individuals and groups of people to listen, breath freely, sing the sound of their essential nature and be fully present, honest and open. He believes singing is everyone’s birthright beyond musicianship or vocal skills, as it was for millennia in human evolution. His work as a vocal coach and workshop leader involves weekly Circlesinging and improvisation workshops, choirs and one-to one lessons in London and the rest of the UK, and regular seminars and master classes throughout Europe, on his own, or as a faculty member of the Global Music Foundation.
Guillermo moved to the UK in 2000 after more than 10 years teaching in Buenos Aires, where he helped shape a generation of popular singers. His vocal formation in Argentina included Anthropological Singing (Canto Esencial) with Iris Guinazu ,classical singing with Julio Raggio, and Functional Pedagogy of the Voice with Renata Parussel- three wonderful, inspiring voice teachers. He developed performing skills with internationally renowned regisseur Daniel Suarez Marzal, Alejandro Cancela and Adrian Porcel. He’s also taken part in numerous Tai chi Chuan, Yoga and Awareness through Movement seminars. In the UK he studied Indian Vocals with Doctor P Chaudhry and the famous vocalist Ajoy Chakraborty, in India with Rajesh Kelkar. Guillermo also holds a Masters degree with distinction in Ethnomusicology (Middle Eastern music, Arabic singing with master Abdul Salam Kheir) at SOAS, and has done training in Speech Level Singing and Complete Vocal Technique. I love accompanying singers of all levels and backgrounds to find joy and fulfilment in their singing. My work is largely informed by my yoga practice, inspired by yoga teacher and change-maker Judith Seelig, and also by spiritual mentor John Oakley. I’ve been a disciple of Bobby Mc Ferrin, Rhiannon and Albert Hera, three of the world’s greatest vocal improvisers and group singing facilitators.