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Christian Noguera is a percussionist and educator, focused on folklore and popular music from Latin America and the Caribbean. He was born in Misiones, Argentina. At the age of 13, he started playing percussion in Posadas, a city heavily influenced by music from the tri-border region of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. At that time, he also started studying percussion with his first mentor, Daniel ''Ichu'' Castillo. In 2003, he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he studied at the Music School of Buenos Aires (EMBA). In 2009, after receiving his degree from EMBA, Christian moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Christian is currently a Teaching Artist at Taller Puertorriqueño, in residence at three public schools in the Philadelphia School District. Since 2010, Christian has taught percussion at AMLA (Artístas y Músicos Latino Americanos), working with middle and high school students, as well as adults across Philadelphia. He also currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania's African Rhythms program, and has taught at Settlement Music School. He and Venezuelan artist Andrés Cisneros co-founded TIMBALONA in 2010, a percussion collective whose mission is to spread the message of unity through the drums. Christian performs throughout the city and the surrounding area presenting work at venues such as the Kimmel Center, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, the Painted Bride Art Center, the Temple Performing Arts Center, Longwood Gardens, and more.