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

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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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boterocampo
My Birthday present from my daughter Sarah, was a ticket to see this duel at an out side event in Wilmington NC. One of the best Birthdays I've ever had. Rodrigo y Gabriela were Awesome. Love you Sarah. Dad
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paulsuhultz9 1 5 7
we so easily could have lost this amazing progression of musical history
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dfoster94
They rocked at Red Rocks in Denver in August. Loved it. Rodrigo even sang. Gabriela told stories. They are a phenom. And really? Gipsy Kings? Yes, but they have added so much more.
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amye45
wait, your telling me they went to a country where they didn't speak the language, ended up on the streets only to emerge as global phenoms? f'ck yeah rock and roll!
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F**k
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What a discovery, truly amazing.
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This is my first time listening to the sounds of Rodrigi and Gabriela, all i have to say is WOW!!! The talent they have is incredible. Diablo Roho is awesome...an d to those hwo say this is not Flamenco - whlie it doesn't have the traditional chords, these two bring Flamenco into the 21 century!!!
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Why ask why?
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great cover...inde e d !
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can't wait to see them @Bayou Music Center in October!!!
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Great Orion cover.....
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edbencor
What a show at the amphitheater in Louisville KY!
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Dumb Rodney, they say YOU need to learn how to spell
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Time to go talk to HR
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jmitchell767
I heard them on a different station and immediately created one for Rodrigo and Gabriela. Not Flamenco? Really? Who cares? They are amazingly talented and truly blend world music. If you're a Flamenco purist, move on. If you love great music, here they are.
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I loved this the first time I heard it.
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my eyes have been touched by ears that have never heard a better beat! Rock on
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Touches my soul
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This is terrific! Wish I could be that good on the guitar.
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Go heavy flamingo!
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Check them out at guitarcenter / s e s s i o n s . c o m .
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I love it !
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ekstone
Love this stairway!! Awesome.
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Thanks Charuterist
This is great
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flapjackface
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this to at least three songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works.
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Amazing duo!
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So much fun to listen to in the kitchen @ work! Great energy. And when they do metal every cook in the place gets down lol!
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