Sound & Silence: listen 8 - 15th Sept
Pepe Danza is a Uruguayan born musician often referred to as an “Extreme Multi-Instrumentalist” and the “Embodiment of World Music”. Pepe started his musical career at the early age of eight 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, combined with the fact that Uruguay was in the midst of a civil war at the time, he left his 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, studying Gamelan, and then arrived to Canada, which called home for twenty five years.
He has had the honor of being nominated in Canada for countless awards as a performer, recording artist, and composer for theater, dance, and documentary films. He presently teaches Yoga, Meditation, Percussion and Shakuhachi privately and at Prana Yoga College in Tel Aviv.
Pepe lives from the deep conviction and experience of the fact that Music is a powerful transformative force, and that Humanity and our dear Planet Earth are ready for a shift to a higher frequency. He believes Music plays a major role in that shift, and he is here to serve that Work, in whatever way, whichever place he is called.
Read a lot more here: www.pepedanza.com