Tomaž Pengov

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Tomaž Pengov
Color photograph of a casually seated middle-aged bearded male wearing casual clothing and resting a guitar on his lap.
Pengov in 2005
Background information
Also known as Pigl
Born 1949
Ljubljana, People's Republic of Slovenia, Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia
Origin Ljubljana, Slovenia
Died (aged 64)
Golnik, Slovenia
Genres Folk rock
Occupation(s)  • Musician
 • Singer-songwriter
Instruments  • Lute
 • Steel-string acoustic guitar
 • Twelve-string guitar
Years active 1973–2014
Labels Škuc, ZKP RTVL, Sraka
Associated acts Salamander, Mladi levi, Bogdana Herman, Polona Kasal

Tomaž Pengov (1949 – 10 February 2014)[1] was a Slovenian singer-songwriter, guitarist, lutist, and poet.[2]


He was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He studied comparative literature at University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Arts.[3]


He recorded his first album Odpotovanja in 1973.[3] This album is considered to be the first independently released record in former Yugoslavia.[4] It was reissued in 1981 in stereo; the original mono edition is very rare now.

Pengov sang and played the lute, steel-string acoustic guitar and twelve-string guitar. His music was lauded by many music critics as being original, and his style was very similar to that of the early Leonard Cohen.

He took eight years, from 1980 to 1988, to record his second album, Pripovedi (Stories) (1988), recorded with guest musicians. The music is still acoustic, but more varied.

In the 1990s, he recorded two more albums, Rimska cesta (Roman road) (1992) and Biti tu (Being here) (1996). In 2011, he published the audiobook Drevo in zvezda (Tree and a star), in which he recites his poems.[2]


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