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1963 - German Bense was born in Montevideo, Uruguay

1977 - Begun piano and theory studies at the “Instituto Kölischer” (until 1979).

1979 - Begun guitar and bass studies at the “Centro Musical Moderno” with the master Juan Lamas. Performs as guitarist in a bossa nova band that won the Uruguayan TV Conquest “Estudiantina”.

1981 - Performs in a dixieland band called “Luisiana Jazz Band”.

1982 - Begun his professional musician career performing guitar and bass guitar in Montevideo's night clubs. Wrote his first own songs that year. 1983 - Performs in a brazilian music band called “Turbilhao” that play the whole year in differents Montevideo's night clubs.

1984 - Won the “Revelation Award” in the “Festival de La Paz”, Canelones, Uruguay (Uruguayan Popular Music).

1985 - Begun an ininterrupted activity at differents Montevideo's clubs (until 1995). The highlighted appareances of that period are the followings:

-Guitarist, bassist and singer at “Clave de Fu”, a legendary Montevideo's brazilian music night club. Integrates the “Fernado Torrado trio” (Clave de Fu owner) and co-write many songs with him (songs that are included in the Fernando Torrado's discography) -1986: Bass guitarist and arranger of the Mario “Chichito” Cabral band, mythical Uruguayan percussonist and composer. -Between 1992 and 1995 share with the Uruguayan singer Liese Lange a duo called “Bossa Nostra”, since today remembered as a Montevideo music classic.

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Editor's review at

“Brazilian rhythms and vocal harmonies are performed with dexterity and passion by German Bense. A fabulous memento of Stan Getz's bossified era, the music faithfully imparts a sense of nostalgia, while retaining the unique blend of its Afro-Uruguayan style.”

Lance-K at “Gods of Music”

“...It has just enough off intonation in the male vocal line to remind one of the earnest offerings of Astrud Gilberto or her ex Giao (Joao Gilberto), and in a sense recalls the American Michael Franks with respect to smooth whisper quality. Overall excellent smooth jazz bossa nova worthy of any mellow cafe gathering or romantic mood...”

Ed Drurry at RandomArtist

“...The combination of precise guitar, accoustic piano and poetic lyrics takes the listener to that special place which one only visits (if they are lucky enough) oncein a life time...”

Justin Stone at “Gods of Music”

“...The chord progessions are so smooth and the vocals are very warm and relaxing

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