Rodrigo y Gabriela
For over two decades, Rodrigo y Gabriela have created music that invites lasting transcendence, mesmerizing audiences across the globe with their virtuosic yet wildly inventive guitar playing. Critically lauded albums like 2019’s GRAMMY® Award-winning Mettavolution have seen the Mexico City-bred duo continually turning to musical expression as a form of spiritual searching, a journey that recently led to the making of their sixth studio album. Sparked from their study of Advaita Vedanta (a Hindu philosophy rooted in the concept of nondualism), In Between Thoughts…A New World emerged from a transformative period of spiritual awakening and a subsequent burst of unfettered creativity.
Rodrigo y Gabriela grew up on an eclectic mix of classic rock, heavy metal, and flamenco, a rare alchemy of influences that still informs their work today. Not long after the dissolution of their first band, the two musicians set off with their acoustic guitars and ended up in Ireland, where they soon ran out of money and began busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street — a turn of events that led to their crossing paths with Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice, who then asked them to open for him at an early headline show. As they developed their distinct breed of guitar music, Rodrigo y Gabriela quickly gained recognition for their extraordinary live show and made their full-length debut, 2002’s re-Foc. Along with turning out eight additional acclaimed and kaleidoscopic albums over the years, including 2009’s 11:11 (which was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for an Outstanding World Music Album), Area 52 (a 2012 effort made with a Cuban orchestra), 9 Dead Alive (a 2014 release that spotlighted their more rock-leaning sensibilities), and the 2020 Grammy Award-winning Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Mettavolution, the duo has cemented their status as a globally renowned live act. Among their many successes: performing at The White House for the President and First Lady of Mexico at a 2010 event hosted by Barack Obama; working with Hans Zimmer on the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides soundtrack; being a featured artist on the Puss in Boots soundtrack; headlining the Jazz World stage at Glastonbury; selling out major venues like the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Sydney Opera House; and performing to massive crowds in such far-flung cities as Tokyo and Paris. In 2022, they received a Grammy nomination for their cover of Metallica’s “The Struggle Within” for The Metallica Blacklist.
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- Rodrigo y Gabriela Win GRAMMY For Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
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- Rodrigo y Gabriela Release New Track “Gamma State” Only on Amazon Music
- Rodrigo y Gabriela Share Final Installment In 9 Mini-Video Series
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