Jose (pepe) Garcia Rodriguez
Pepe (1980) is a versatile Mexican percussionist living in the Netherlands. He completed bachelors and master’s degree at Koninklijk Conservatorium (The Netherlands) with top honors and the special distinction for “contribution to the development of percussion repertoire”.
He was awarded with the Ear Massage percussion quartet in the IPCL 2004 (International Percussion Convention Luxembourg) and Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in 2009 (2nd prize), Soloist with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.
Current member of the Percussion group The Hague (Slagwerk DenHaag) www.slagwerkdenhaag.nl , a group that has built up a leading position, both nationally as well as internationally; a position, which has brought them to virtually all European countries, the United States, the Middle East, Japan and Korea. In its use of instrumentation as well as sound sources The Hague Percussion is noticeable for an enormous diversity. Equally broad is its programming: from specialized research projects to accessible programs for a general public and from concerts for the youngest generations to large- scale (inter)national co-productions.
Pepe started working with children since 2000, developing new ways of approaching music since early age. In Mexico he started a new music developing program in coordination with the government in order to put new young generations of children in contact with music taking traditional elements as starting point.
One of the major interests in his career has been the collaboration with composers and artists in general, developing alternative methods of approaching new music through the aid of unconventional methods of musical notation, designing new instruments, fusing technical resources from non western cultures and extending the possibilities of traditional percussion instruments through electronic processes.
Since 2015 Pepe is a teacher for the Bachelor and Master percussion department at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.