Born in Bogotá, Colombia, eclectic drummer Nicko Guerrero with a range of ensembles in several styles, including pop, rock, jazz, latin and colombian music. As an in-demand session player, he has worked and collaborated in several singles, studio albums, and live sessions with a variety of artists from the USA, Mexico, and Colombia. He also has toured internationally, including performances in México (2016), Argentina (2016), and the Dominican Republic (2018). The list includes Grammy® award winner Luciana Souza, Multi-Grammy® award artists Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, and Dave Liebman, Latin Grammy® award winner piano player Jesús Molina and Latin Grammy® nominated singer Gabriela Soto.
Currently living in Boston (U.S.A.) and enrolled in the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) where he earned a master of music degree in contemporary performance in 2019 and is a candidate for the Post-master Fellowship Certification. His faculty mentors at the BGJI include Wayne Shorter, Terry Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, Billy Kilson, Danilo Pérez, Dave Liebman, Larry Klein, Adam Cruz, Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Marco Pignataro among others.
Nicko leads his own music project. His first original EP called "Pura Bulla" is expected to come out during the summer of 2020. "Pura Bulla mixes" original and traditional Bullerengue compositions with jazz, with an extraordinary ensemble that includes musicians from Italy, Philippines, Greece, Palestine, United States, India, and Venezuela.
Guerrero began studying drums at the age of 16 and has since earned scholarships at several institutions, including the Souza Lima Conservatory in Brazil, and the Caribbean Arts Conservatory in Puerto Rico. He also received a MACMEX Scholarship Award for an internship in Mexico at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education.
As an educator, he has taught in several private schools of music and given teaching of traditional music, jazz, and performance. Guerrero has conducted drum workshops at FLADEM (Latin American Congress of Music Education), in Mexico and Costa Rica, at FEDUJAZZ in the Dominican Republic, and at National Pedagogic University and "Encuentro de Bateristas" in Colombia.
Guerrero has a deep belief in the power of music, and therefore focuses his performing, composing, research, and teaching on the use of music as a holistic tool for social change.