04.04.2012 news

Rodrigo y Gabriela North America Tour! First Time With A Backing Band

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA KICK OFF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES; FIRST-EVER TOUR WITH BACKING BAND

WATCH THE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “11:11”

CATCH RODRIGO Y GABRIELA WITH C.U.B.A. ON THE “TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO” THIS FRIDAY

NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘AREA 52′ OUT NOW

Rodrigo y Gabriela kick off their Spring 2012 tour tonight April 3rd at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA. The duo will be bringing the band C.U.B.A. on the road in order to showcase the thrilling and dynamic hybrid of metal, latin and jazz featured on their new album Area 52. The upcoming shows in North America, and their recent gigs in Europe mark the first time in their careers that Rodrigo y Gabriela have toured and performed with a backing band. Fans can also catch the band on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno this Friday, April 6th, and later this Fall on Austin City Limits.

“Being able to produce the level of complexity required live is really something else,
and it’s done flawlessly. ‘Santa Domingo’ – the opening track to the new album –
also has a particularly exceptional style to it, with the Cuban contingent in full flow
and that tropical edge flitting in and out of the layering.”
- State Magazine (Ireland – Review of Dublin 2/20/12 gig)

Rodrigo y Gabriela’s new music video for “11:11” from Area 52 features the work of photorealistic artist Barry Jazz Finnegan. In the time-lapse video, Finnegan applies his talent to a photo of Rodrigo y Gabriela, meticulously re-creating the image on paper. It provides an apt analogy to the album Area 52, which pulls many parts together to form a cohesive whole.

Area 52 contains nine of Rod and Gab’s favorite songs from their own catalogue re-arranged and recorded in Havana with legendary producer Peter Asher and a 13-piece Cuban orchestra comprised of some of the country’s finest young players. The album was mixed by Rafa Sardina, one of the leading studio musicians in the Latin music world, and arranged by London-based pianist, composer and arranger Alex Wilson. Recording took place in the Miramar district of Havana, Cuba, at Abdala Studios, founded by the Cuban folk hero Silvio Rodriguez, as well as at Rod and Gab’s studio in Ixtapa, Mexico. Other players on the record include: drummer John Tempesta (The Cult, Testament, White Zombie), sitarist Anoushka Shankar and drummer Samuel Formell (Los Van Van).

Watch the trailer for Area 52

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA TOUR WITH C.U.B.A.
APRIL
03 – Seattle, WA – The Paramount Theatre
04 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
05 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theatre
07 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10 – Broomfield, CO – 1STBANK Center
12 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
13 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
14 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
16 – Toronto, CA – Massey Hall
20 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
21 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
23 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
25 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
26 – Charlottesville, VA – Charlottesville Pavilion
28 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

MAY
01 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore
04 – New Orleans, LA – Jazz Fest
05 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s

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