The 2021 Latin Grammy nominee gives a personal, powerful, and unexpected interpretation of the Hispanic American songbook in a break between his most recent album “Ulyse” (2020) and his own new material that will release next year.
What started as a game on social media, encouraging interaction with his fans during the lengthy pandemic that affected us globally, today takes the shape of an EP that reveals the admiration and wealth of influences that the Chilean musician has collected and that have made him one of the most respected composers in South America. Perhaps that’s why it carries such a powerful title, “Fe”: “Because it’s something that is difficult for me to maintain, or that I’ve had very few times and wished to have,” says Gepe about the title of this project: “The songs that this EP contains are songs that I wanted to write. Thus there’s the parallel.”
On the cusp of participating in the Latin Grammy award ceremony, where he’s nominated for “Confía” feat. Vicentico, Gepe unlocks his musical biography through the restoration of classics such as “Tu pirata soy yo” (Chayanne), “Bagdad, Cap. 7 Liturgia” (Rosalía), “No” (Shakira) and “Rimas pa’ seducir” (Cultura Profética), among others. The Chilean puts his own stamp on all of them, in some cases with arrangements that incorporate Andean percussion or new instrumentation, which were crafted with the guitarist Miguel Molina.
“I could have recorded many more songs,” Gepe notes, “but I chose the ones that are there because they are songs that I admire, by artists that I admire, and that correspond with eras that are turning points in the history of Latin American music and in my personal history as well. Each era in which those songs were published, they encompass moments of my life.”
With this release, Gepe closes the door on his last studio album “Ulyse,” published in October 2020, and plunges into the preparation of new material that is expected to be released next year.
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