Uruguay – Israel
A native Uruguayan Pepe lived many years in Israel, where the media called him the “Extreme Multi-Instrumentalist” or the “Embodiment of World Music”.
He started his musical career at the early age of eight while studying guitar. By the time he was thirteen, he was already playing pop and rock music semi-professionally. He went on to study at the National Conservatory but the formal studies did not satisfy him and Uruguay was in the midst of a civil war at the time so he left the country for what turned out to be more than a decade of a musical and spiritual pilgrimage that covered more than a dozen countries.
He heard the Shakuhachi for the first time in 1978, while living in Washington DC, and was instantly hooked! Soon enough he began studying with master player, ethnomusicologist Karl Signel. After years of wandering the planet, studying, performing and practicing different traditional music and instruments (sitar and bansuri in India, Brazilian percussion, African djembe, guitar in South America and Spain, etc.), as well as Jazz and Rock/Pop music, he finally landed in Japan, where he lived for three years, dedicated intensively to the study of Shakuhachi with Sensei Tanaka Komei and John Kaizan Neptune.
He also deepened his study and practice of buddhism started in North America and continued in India with extended stays in Zen Temples.
After Japan he spent half a year in Bali, a place that he loves deeply, studying gamelan, suling flute and co-creating a deep system of sound healing with musicians and sound healers from all over the world. Then he traveled to Canada, which he called his home for twenty five years. Now he lives in Slovakia.