The Chilean pop surrealist’s following has grown throughout Latin America and the Latino U.S.
Chilean pop surrealist Gepe will embark on a bicoastal U.S. tour in April. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, whose inventive indie sound combines engaging melodies with deep South American musical roots and a radical perspective, comes to New York’s SOBs on April 23, just after a scheduled performance at the 2016 Vive Latino festival in Mexico City.
Gepe, whose given name is Daniel Riveros, came out of Santiago’s underground scene a decade ago as a folkloric revivalist with a fresh take on Chilean forms like the cueca, which was championed by the now-iconic Chilean artist Violeta Parra. Gepe’s appeal, his progressive move into the pop realm, and a string of artistic videos have since gained him fans throughout Latin America and among Latin alternative followers in the Latino U.S.
Gepe’s latest album Estilo Libre, released in 2015, was heralded by a typically attention-getting video for the first single “Hambre,” which features Peruvian YouTube phenom Wendy Sulca.