Born in Bogotá, Colombia, eclectic drummer Nicko Guerrero with a range of ensembles in several styles, including pop, rock, jazz, and latin music. As an in-demand session player, he has worked and collaborated in several singles, studio albums, tv shows, and live sessions with a variety of artists from the USA, Mexico, and Colombia. The list includes Grammy® award winner Luciana Souza and Latin Grammy® award winner piano player Jesús Molina. He also has toured internationally, including performances in México, Argentina, Perú, and the Dominican Republic.
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 and exotic ensemble that includes musicians from Italy, Philippines, Greece, Palestine, United States, India, and Venezuela.
Currently enrolled in the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), where he earned a master of music degree in contemporary performance and is a candidate for the Post-Master Fellowship Certification. His faculty mentors at the BGJI include Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, Billy Kilson, Danilo Pérez, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, among others.
Guerrero began studying drums at the age of 16 and since then he has 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 and music conferences in Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and 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.