Aguilera - born on 13 August 1948, in Santiago, Chile; son of Eduarda
Aguilera Merino and Manuel Pavéz Caro, emigrants from the south.
From earliest childhood he feels attracted by traditional music and
At the age of 14 he learns to play guitar by self-instruction.
Up to the age of 18 he lives in La Palma, in immediate neighbourhood
to the district Nogales
where in 1969 he meets Victor Jara who gives him fresh stimulus and
motivation for his own musical
In 1970 David produces and presents 2 music-programmes for young people
at Radio Magallanes and Radio Prat.
Popular and Salvador Allende achieve political triumph, David becomes
a public relations
officer at "CORMU", an association subordinated to the Housing
with " CORMU " he meets up with Victor Jara again and his
distant cousin Hector Pavéz. Both
motivate him to devote himself to Andean music.
army putsch in 1973 David loses his job as a victim of political persecution.
In 1974 he must
give up his radio-programmes.
he emigrates to Argentina where he gives music his full attention. In
1978 he establishes "Los
Andinos" with musicians from Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.
His cultural work does not last long. In August 1978 the dictatorial
regime expels him from Argentina.
Today David lives in Germany going on with his music - expression of
his identity - as founder and Director of "Los Andinos".