Monday, September 28, 2009

Rodrigo y Gabriela | A Brilliant Journey

11:11 is the new album from this Mexican born guitar duo and there is not a false note to be found, only an absolutely brillant journey to be had in the listening of this record. The CD's eleven tracks are a tribute to musicians that they have either been inspired by or deeply respect. Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Michel Camilo, Paco de Lucia are among those chosen and Rodrigo and Gabriela not only express their gratitude and reverance by the composition and recording of these pieces, but also their desire that their fans be exposed to these legendary musicians.

They are very serious about their music making, with a big emphasis on technique, practice and creativity. They built a studio in Ixtapa, Mexico so they could record at home without the added stress of being on the road during the recording process. They will be out on tour supporting this new record and their live shows are quite stunning, with just the two of them on the stage with a screen behind them showing their intricate and exciting playing. The reason that they started doing this was so that their fans who play guitar could see what they were doing so they could try it themselves. Not so easy, but maybe with some practice...

Listen to "Hanuman" Rodrigo y Gabriela's tribute to Santana


Anonymous said...

Good one on gratitude and it helps a lot.

Karim - Mind Power

Simon said...

Love Rodgab - genius stuff thanks for posting this. Have you heard Andy Mckee - amazing guitar player - more fingerstyle but incredible stuff Also for guitar stuff Matt Stevens is good - more Rodgab spanish style - worth a listen or Erik Mongrain is amazing as well.


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