Take one part heavy metal and mix with two parts classical Spanish guitars and you've got a recipe for the world's most stunning uproar of flamenco-metal fusion: Rodrigo y Gabriela.
The Mexican duo brings their fast-paced, rhythmically vibrant, acoustic sound to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Monday, October 12.
After more than 15 years of playing together, Rodrigo y Gabriela's live performances are unparalleled. The pair exudes an intense energy that will make your heart race in tune with Gabriela's lightning fingers on rhythm guitar.
Each dexterous strum of Rodrigo's lead guitar sends a barrage of tonal messages, a powerful musical bond unfolding before you eyes. You will feel synapses sparking as increasingly complex arrangements and sheer speed awe you. Mouth agape in a crooked grin, you will be enchanted by the ease at which they play.
Rodrigo y Gabriela released their highly anticipated second album 11:11 in September, three years after their self-titled studio debut. With 11 tracks, the album pays homage to 11 artists who have inspired their work. Their debut saw spectacular covers of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway" and Metallica's "Orion" but we're left to speculate a bit about these 11 original tributes.
It's safe to say that the album's "Buster Voodoo" praises Jimi Hendrix while the title track "11:11" hails Pink Floyd. In honor of Paco De Lucía, the duo formed a quartet playing with Grammy-nominated Strunz & Farah on "Master Maqui."
11:11 takes flamenco to meet the East, featuring new strings like the sitar and oud. And the pair even introduces an electronic component to their routine with Testament's Alex Skolnick contributing an electric shred on "Atman."
Amongst the additional ingredients, the simple, steadfast formula remains the same. Watch the majesty and grace of two souls fluttering swift hands across guitar strings with clairvoyant precision. And get ready, because this one goes to 11.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall : 1037 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97205
Doors at 7 PM, show at 8 PM
Cost : $35 advance, $40 day of show
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