Preview: Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos at the Wexner Center

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From the May 31, 2012 edition

Lately the Wexner Center for the Arts, long lauded for bringing world-class visual artists and of-the-moment indie rockers to Columbus, also deserves props for hosting some of the most exciting jazz musicians working today. This season has brought in Vijay Iyer’s trio Tirtha, which blends jazz with elements of India’s carnatic music, and award-winning young trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s quintet, among others.

Next on the arts center’s schedule is Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos, an 11-piece band led by composer Guillermo Klein.

Klein’s music is the math rock of postmodern jazz. On “Filtros,” his 2008 release with Los Guachos, the Argentine pianist plays with the time, but in obvious ways that make even an unseasoned listener think, “Oh, I see what he’s doing there.”

Klein studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, one of the best jazz schools in the world, and made a career for himself in New York before moving back to Argentina.

The musicians’ musician now rarely tours the US, so his big band’s performance at the Wex — featuring an intimate cabaret-style set-up and beer and wine sales — will be a rare opportunity to be transported to the jazz clubs of Greenwich Village or Buenos Aires.