Norberto Minichillo

drumset, marimba

and vocals


Born in Buenos Aires in 1940. Drummer, teacher and composer. An acclaimed percussionist with both classical and popular training. He began his music studies at the piano and studied harmony with Rodolfo Alchourrón, percussion with Antonio Yepes y composition with Guillermo Graetzer, specializing in the application of ethno-american rhythmic bases to contemporary composition. His compositions for piano belong to this period (go to discography).

He spent seven years in Sweden (1965-1971). There he performed with Sweden and American musicians: Ben Webster, Teté Montoliú and Sabú Martínez, among others.
During this period he was also the permanent drum set player in the “Dramaten Theater” in Stockholm.
He made more than 150 recordings with some of the most respected artists in the country (Lalo Schifrin, Litto Nebbia, Luis María Serra, Oscar López Ruiz, Mercedes Sosa, etc.) and music for films as an improviser in marimba, vibes, percussion and drums.
In 1981 he performed as a multi-instrumentalist in the first American Ethnodrama “Kwaltaya” , by Iris Guiñazú and Isabel Aretz (playing marimba, vibraphone, bombo legüero, congas, drumset, and ethnic instruments from several American region).

Since 1982, he has incorporated song and text into his musical presentations with the various groups he has performed.

In 1995 he enters EL TERCETO, where he plays music a repertoire of popular and folk music from freedom and in an improvisation language, experimenting with Argentine and Latin American rhythms. Owners of a unique and original concept, they are an essential reference in Argentine music and have managed to create their own sound, which is difficult to classify: jazz, tango, and folkloric music all live together in a unique musical combination. EL TERCETO was originally a piano- bass- drums and voices acoustic jazz and actually they added the marimba and percussion. This work can be heard in their wide discography. He played with EL TERCETO in the most important places in Buenos Aires and the rest of Argentina, radio and TV shows and made many international tours. (go to: Discography – International Tours – Concerts in Argentina – Press).

Personal Discography

1) (1975) “CANTO Y CLARIFICACION”, with Rodolfo Alchourrón.

2) (1977) “PARÁBOLA”, with Rodolfo Alchourrón.

3) (1983) "PRIMER MOVIMIENTO", with the “Movimiento” Group, considered the best instrumental folk record of the year.

4) (1987) "EN TU TRANQUILO LUGAR", with the "M3" trio (with Javier Malosetti and Norberto Machline).

5) (1988) “CHAMAN”, Latin American ethnic music (with Iris Guiñazú, Ricardo Capellano and Pastor Mora).

6) (1990) “DESPUÉS DE ALGUNOS AÑOS” with the Minichillo-Cevasco-Bergalli trio.

7) (1996) “LA MUSICA DEL SUR DEL MUNDO”, with Luis Agudo and Pablo Bobrowicky for the “Red Records” label, Italy.

8) (1999) "BAIRES BLUE", soloist record (with Rosa Piro, Pablo Tozzi as guests, among other musicians), for the “Red Records” label, Italy.

9) (1997) “TIERRA IMPROVISADA” EL TERCETO. This record receives wide acclaim from press and public and is considered one of the best records of the year. (go to Press)

10) (1999) “MENOS ES MAS” EL TERCETO. This record is also elected as one of the best records of the year. (go to Press)

11) (2000) “TOCATANGó” EL TERCETO. They play only tangos and milonga repertoire and have received excellent reception from the and audience. (go to Press).

12) (2003) “PIEDRA Y CAMINO” EL TERCETO. This album was recorded with
a new instrumentation: piano, marimba, percussion, drumset, and voices.
This production makes a great opening in the groups’ message and
enjoyed enthusiastic responses from the press and audiences alike.
(go to press).

13) (2005) “DESARTICULACIONES”, piano contemporary music (played by Fabiana Galante).

Concerts in Argentina

· “El Terceto en Oliverio Allways” (1996 to 1998, Buenos Aires). (Raúl Carnota y Verónica Condomí participated as special guests).
· “Joe Zawuinul Sindicate”, opening concert (1998) in La Trastienda, Buenos Aires.
· “Festival de Jazz de Rosario” (1998), closing concert, Rosario, Argentina.
· “Buenos Aires Experimenta 1999”, in the Teatro Sarmiento, Buenos Aires.
· Festival “Buenos Aires Tango” (2001), in the Club del Vino, Buenos Aires.
· Festival “Buenos Aires jazz y otras músicas” (2002), in the Sala A – B from C.Cult.Gral. San Martín, Buenos Aires.
· Festival “Buenos Aires jazz y otras músicas” (2004) in the C.Cult.Dorrego, Buenos Aires.
· “Ciclo Músicas de Provincia”, C.C.Julián Centeya (may 2005, Buenos Aires).
· “Ciclo Talentos Argentinos”, Teatro Municipal, Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires (november 2005).
· Concerts in the interior of Argentina (Mar del Plata, Córdoba, Rosario, Jujuy, Bahía Blanca, San Luis, Entre Ríos).

Festival and Internacional tours:

· International Jazz Festival "Summer Nights at MOCA" in the Contemporary Art Museum (Los Angeles, U.S.A, august 1996), with the duet "Afrorera" with Luis Agudo, playing piano, marimba, drums and voice, sharing the programme with Charlie Haden and Bobby Hutcherson, among others.
· “Festival Internacional de los Siete Lagos” (Bariloche – San Martín de los Andes, Argentina, october 2000) performing sharing the programme with Dave Holland, Dino Saluzzi, Michael Brecker, Trío Fatorusso, Leny Andrade, Diane Schuur, John Pattitucci, Chucho Valdés, Lito Epumer, Javier Malosetti y Luis Salinas, among others.
· Estados Unidos (2001) “Semana Argentina en Aspen” (Colorado, Estados Unidos) making two concerts in this city.
· Paraguay (2001) “4º Festival Internacional de Jazz de Asunción” (Asunción, Paraguay) closing concert.
· México (marzo 2002) invited by Alianza Francesa, they played 10 concerts in 8 cities (Querétaro, San Miguel de Allende, Saltillo, Piedras Negras, Hermosillo, Los Cabos, La Paz and Distrito Federal).
· In may and june, 2004 they make a new tour in México presenting their latest album (“Piedra y camino”) and playing duet concerts and musical improvisation and rhythm workshops in Guadalajara, Monterrey (Escuela Superior de Música y Danzas), San Luis Potosí and Hermosillo.

Teaching development

· He has also been involved as a music, rhythm and drum teacher, both privately and through various state-sponsored and private institutions, since 1983 up to now (Centro Cultural San Martín, Música Esperanza, Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas, Centros de Discapacitados, etc.).
· (1996) RICORDI Label publishes his book “Tambores, un camino hacia la improvisación” (“Drums, a path towards imptovisation”) methodology for drums based in ethnic investigation from southamerian rhythms and thier application in instruments and improvisation.
· Rhythm workshop – Norberto Minichillo (Mexico - 2004):
- Escuela Superior de Música y Danzas de Monterrey, 2004 (Nuevo León, México)
- “Luna Dance”, Hermosillo, 2004 (Sonora, México)
- C.Cult. Cantigas y Alianza Francesa de San Luis Potosí, 2004 (México)
- C. Cult. “Puerta 22”, Guadalajara, 2004 (México)
· Rhythm workshop in the “Buenos Aires Percusión Festival 2005” (june 2005, Buenos Aires).
· Rhythm workshop in the project “Talentos argentinos” (Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, november, 2005).

New projects

· NEW DVD “EL TERCETO EN VIVO” in the first half of 2006, with repertoire from the former EL TERCETO’S 4 albums and new material with the different instrumentations (piano, drums, percussion, bass and voices). It will also appear as CD album too.
· They are planning several tours with EL TERCETO for 2006: Europe, Mexico and South Africa.
· Re-edition of “TIERRA IMPROVISADA” in may, 2006.
· Recording of new material: Latin American music and Mingus’, Ellington’s y Monk’s music (with EL TERCETO).
· He is recording a soloist album playing piano, drums, marimba and voice (jazz and Latin American music and original compositions).


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