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Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Before they became the most visible flamenco duo of the early 2000s, guitarists Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero bonded over heavy metal while growing up in Mexico City. They combined their talents for a time in the metal group Tierra Acida, playing around D.F. in the roughest clubs the city had to offer. Though they recorded some material, Tierra Acida never hit it big, and an album was never released. Instead, Sanchez and Quintero concentrated on learning more guitar styles, teaching lessons during the day and playing bossa novas in hotel bars at night. Bored and frustrated with their chances in the Americas, the two decided to try their luck in Europe instead.

Rodrigo y Gabriela traveled to Dublin, where a friend had offered them a place to stay. The musicians spoke no English, carried little money, and upon their arrival found that their offer of European hospitality had vanished. The pair soon turned toward busking on the streets of Dublin, a move that enhanced their reputation and helped land them several contacts. Among their newfound friends was fellow busker Damien Rice, who soon asked them to accompany him on tour. The Mexican duo had, by this time, developed a large repertoire of original material in a variety of styles, and they released their debut record with 2003's Re-Foc. A concert album, Live: Manchester and Dublin, followed one year later.

Rodrigo y Gabriela became the newest fixture of the world music circuit, known for their nimble-fingered guitar work and diverse background (few flamenco guitarists could boast a background in metal music). Their third album, Rodrigo y Gabriela, was released in 2006 and debuted atop the Irish charts, beating out Arctic Monkeys for the number one spot. They continued to tour, making their way through Japan (as evidenced by their second live album, Live in Japan) and America, and 11:11 expanded their discography upon its 2009 release. The duo went on a touring hiatus in September 2010 due to stress injuries to Gabriela's hand. In January of 2011, they collaborated with film composer Hans Zimmer on the score for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which was released in May of that year, followed by Live in France, a document from the 11:11 tour that, like the studio album, mixed Rodrigo y Gabriela's dazzling nylon-string guitar chops with electric six-strings for a dueling shredfest.

Since their inception, the pair had always envisioned working in Cuba. They recruited pianist and arranger Alex Wilson to come up with charts for a new set of songs. Wilson and the duo worked out a set of tunes, rhythms, and charts in three days in Mexico City, then Wilson went on to Cuba to hire a band. From June through September, the duo recorded with Wilson and C.U.B.A. (Collective Universal Band Association) in Havana, with producer Peter Asher. A number of special guests joined the proceedings as well, including Anoushka Shankar, flamenco and jazz bass legend Carlos Benavent, former Testament and White Zombie drummer John Tempesta, Le Trio Joubran, and Los Van Van drummer Samuel Formell Alfonso. The resulting album, Area 52, was released in January of 2012, and the duo toured the globe in support. They were the subject of an Alejandro Franco documentary film on their formation and early years entitled For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela, which debuted at SXSW in March of 2014, just in time for their next studio album, 9 Dead Alive, which appeared in April. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live In France

1. Hanuman (Live)

2. Triveni (Live)

3. Chac Mool (Live)

4. Hora Zero (Live)

5. Santo Domingo (Live)

6. Gabriela Solo (Live)

7. Buster Voodoo (Live)

8. 11:11 (Live)

9. Rodrigo Solo (Live)

10. Savitri (Live)

11. Tamacun (Live)

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Track List: 11:11

Disc 1

1. Hanuman

2. Buster Voodoo

3. Triveni

4. Logos

5. Santo Domingo

6. Master Maqui

7. Savitri

8. Hora Zero

9. Chac Mool

10. Atman

11. 11.11

Disc 2
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Track List: Live In Japan

Disc 1

1. Ok Tokyo

2. Juan Loco

3. Orion

4. Foc

5. Satori

6. Ixtapa

7. Vikingman

8. Take Five

9. One

10. Gabriela Solo

11. Rodrigo Solo

12. Stairway To Heaven

13. Tamacun

14. Diablo Rojo

Disc 2
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Track List: Rodrigo Y Gabriela

1. Tamacun

2. Diablo Rojo

3. Vikingman

4. Satori

5. Ixtapa

6. Stairway To Heaven

7. Orion

8. Juan Loco

9. PPA

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Track List: Live - Manchester And Dublin

1. Foc (Live)

2. Hola (Live)

3. One / Take5 (Live)

4. Mr Tang (Live)

5. Paris (Live)

6. Libertango (Live)

7. Captain Casanova (Live)

8. One (Live)

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Track List: 9 Dead Alive

1. The Soundmaker

2. Torito

3. Sunday Neurosis

4. Misty Moses

5. Somnium

6. Fram

7. Megalopolis

8. The Russian Messenger

9. La Salle Des Pas Perdus

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Track List: Diablo Rojo (Live From Oxegen 2005) (Single)

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Track List: The Soundmaker (Single)

1. The Soundmaker

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LOVE LOVE LOVE Rodrigo y Gabriella!
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Just saw Rodrigo y Gabriela in Albany (NY). Incredibly dynamic, although the sound does get a little repetitive. They sound nothing like their CDs...much louder, and crisper. Would make a great dance band in a large club; not so effective in a concert venue with seats. Worth checking out live, if only to hear Gaby's powerful rhythm guitar riffs.
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This Duo makes listening tot her music very easy and relaxing I would give them a 10
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ladaejo
Just awesome these two������
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ONT READ THIS. YOU WILLBE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOURE DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREAPY CAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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I saw them in New York and yes they fantastic
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Love to see Jake shimabukuro jam with these guys. Or Taimane Gardner
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Very tough to learn.... esp. Gabriela's dazzle. Worry about her hand.
Extremely hard on it.... but her famous style, unbeatable.. . almost!
Rodrigo can play his audience well and Gabriela is now much bolder and more fun to watch... whole band is fantastic. Pick up a concert!
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Chalazon has it right.
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soujrnr
Stumbled across their music via a channel I set up in Pandora for Al DiMeola and have fallen in love with their music! I look forward to collecting their work!!
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How cool is was to see Robert Trujillo playing this live with them both. An amazing time.

I wish them both the best, they are setting new ground for everyone.
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nanalinagonz a l e z
One of the greatest talents I have heard in things....
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✋ ( high-five )
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Iguana eye
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bmorr.77
I plan to be in Napa and hope to see them in May.!
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They are coming to santa cruz CA and i hope i get to see them!!!
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Energy abounds! Goosebumps listening!
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js156
I would Loveeeeeee to see them perform in Northern Cali, Oregon or Southern Cali :-) <3
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Their performance on Guitar Center Sessions was impeccable.
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flamingo guitar....lo l ! fla men co...dig? and they're not...but they are great and passionate musicians.
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Too the bone!!!
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beautyofnatu r e . l g
I like their stairway to heaven better than the eagles.
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hnybee83
Buenisimos musicos un enorm orgullo mexicano gracias chicos x tan buena musica
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masteryodaam i
These guys can play stairway to heaven like Jimmy Page wishes he could!
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Always great in concert verdad
Que si!
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spenjw44
Wow just finding them & now can't get enough!!
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Fan Tas Tic WOW
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Me encanta
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Love this in my ears.... pure heaven
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Sippin a cocktail at the beach music,luv love luv love and besos
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Powerful stuff here........ g e t s to your bones.. thanks again Pandora
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losrougiers
To the writer of this bio....Rodri g o says over and over again in their 2006 DVD that they do NOT play flamenco, yet you describe them over and over again above as flamenco artists.
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Diablo Rojo is the BEST! Listen and be energized!
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beautyofnatu r e . l g
11:11 is so uplifting!
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tishanote
A little different! Love it.
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tishanote
A little different!
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Good song. :)
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Awesome
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russ.warnock 8
yup
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fabulous
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boynton92
I've seen them in Seattle, twice! They rocked both times and Gabriela is funny as hell to boot! Love 'em!!!!
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I'm pretty sure you mean flamenco . . . .
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well i guess its more flamingo but its so similar.
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i have forever been trying to play mediterranea n style guitar how do they do it?
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Love the way guitar sounds justo perfect...
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I saw them live in chicago, they were so awesome
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Inspired!
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passion and talent
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Awesome mue been
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I love these guys so much. My newest inspiration!
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