Rodrigo Y Gabriela [CD + DVD] CD+DVD, Limited Edition
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Rodrigo and Gabriela are two fast-fingered, Dublin-based Mexicans with a unique sound created on acoustic guitars. Their music is difficult to define, straddling both world and rock, and often imbued with the timeless Hispano classical influences. The fire in it comes from their life-long passion for metal music. Rodrigo is a deft finger-picker who can move from raging speed to sensual soul in the space of a fret, while Gabriela employs fast, rhythmic techniques. Her percussionists thrashing of strings and drumming of the instruments body inevitably raises comparisons with flamenco which they acknowledge as an influence but swerve as a pigeonhole. The duos repertoire flies beyond familiar Latin folk guitar styles because of the metal connection: their reworkings of Led Zeppelins Stairway to Heaven and Metallicas Orion are musts, and the presence on "Ixtapa" of the fiery Hungarian gypsy violinist, Roby Lakatos, is inspirational.
Top Customer Reviews
You cannot 'genre' Rodrigo y Gabriela, as they are fusion musicians expressing thier backgrounds and tastes . The untrained ear could simply brand them as another flamenco act, but they are so much more. If thier work was played on an electric guitar rather than acoustic, if wouldnt sound out of place in a heavy metal concert.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela draw inspiration from the wildest of sources, given the type of music they play. They cite metal bands such as iron maiden as influences, and its not hard to see once you give this cd a few listens. Rodrigo's fretwork is blindingly quick and sharp and Gabriela 's guitar is the perfect complement to this. Tamacun is my personal favourite, but if you just sit back and listen to the cd in one sitting, it is hard to distinguish where one song ends and another begins.
An Epic record from an epic duo.
As for this particular release - the DVD is a real bonus. There are only a few tracks, but if you're a guitarist you MUST, MUST, MUST buy this for the extensive and detailed tutorial which explores and explains an enormous amount about the ways in which they play.
I cannot find words effusive enough to urge you to buy this CD/DVD pairing.
Its something which is unique - being able to captivate an audience with no vocals and simply acoustics. I can honestly say this is the first time i have seriously enjoyed lyricless music. Its fast, intense, exciting and both Rodrigo and Gabriela are incredibly talented.
Tamacun, Diablo Rojo and Orion are my personal favourites, but then again i think the whole album is great!!
Make sure you watch them as well, seeing the way they play acoustics is an incredible thing to watch and i now cannot wait to see them at Wembley!!!
Listening to the CD you simply will not believe 2 people and 2 guitars can make such a joyful racket, it never flags and definitely gives a new twist to Stairway to Heaven. Check this out, find some more and then go see them! Superb.
If you have speeding endosements best not to drive to this.
The album is incredible, although the thought of it didnt really appeal to me when i was first told about it, but they are arguably one of the most talented and influential acoustic guitarists currently playing. You must seem them live, as they will simply wow you.
A must buy for any music lover!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its hard to imagine a better album for playing air acoustic guitar to. Instrumental music played largely on one instrument can get a bit repetitive though, needs more variety.Published 2 months ago by micmac
not impressed at all. Had to pay a high import duty. Also once I finally got the program to run the dvd the program has caused problems with my system. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mr mark herbert
A great album, with epic tracks that challenge the idea of how Spanish classical guitar music should sound. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Birthday Hangman