There’s something about the classical guitar when it’s fused with Cuban influences, flamenco and rock. Rodrigo y Gabriela give an acoustic rendering that is as exotic as it is familiar. It seeps deep into your bones and lingers, it moves you in ways you didn’t realize you could. NPR describes the Dublin-based, Mexico born duo as “nimble-fingered” and they do not disappoint. Since their 2006 debut, they have proved themselves to be practitioners of everything from rhythmic funk and adventurous jazz to complex Spanish, South American and Middle Eastern traditions, executed with original flair and virtuosic precision.
Rodrigo y Gabriela have donated their song, Satori, to the David Lynch Foundation. Satori can be heard on iTunes on the Download for Good album and in the Spring of 2012, the song will be made available as part of a compilation deluxe box set sold at retail venues throughout the US and abroad. Altavoz is packaging and distributing the box set; proceeds from the iTunes and box set sales go to support the David Lynch Foundation.
In January 2012, the duo have a new album coming out called “Area 52”. Rodrigo explains the name of the album on the group’s website: “It’s an obvious reference to Area 51, it must be a fact that Area 52’s next door right? We felt it was the right time and place to deal with unknown ways to create music. It was an opportunity to experiment and dare to do things we never believed we were gonna do”. He adds: “Of course, all the musicians we played with on this album could be coming from another planet.
Put on your space suit and strap yourself in. It’s going to be a wild ride.
- Rodrigo y Gabriela: exclusive film (guardian.co.uk)
- How far can you push it? (pathofpercussion.wordpress.com)