The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela‘s origins is as remarkable as it is improbable. The duo of Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero met and began collaborating in a metal band in Mexico City, but the band imploded and the two musicians relocated to Ireland. There, they busked on the streets of Dublin, were discovered by Damien Rice, and, over a series of well-received albums and relentless touring, grew into an internationally acclaimed act.
Equally as remarkable as the group’s movie-ready streets-to-stages story, though, is the band’s music, which upends any preconceived notions one might have about the limits of instrumental guitar compositions. Sanchez and Quintero are technically masterful, but their rhythmic performances — applying metal’s intensity to acoustic guitars — have an emotive power as well.
In August and September, Rodrigo y Gabriela will be performing across the western United States, with a September 1 show at The UC Theatre. It’s been four years since their last album of new music, 9 Dead Alive, and while the group is rumored to have been working on new recordings for some time, much of their 2017 was spent reflecting on the tenth anniversary of Rodrigo y Gabriela, which had first catapulted the band to international fame. The album was reissued in a deluxe edition, and Rodrigo y Gabriela performed the work in full each night during a 2017 tour.
But while last year was about looking back at the past, reviews from shows earlier this year suggest that Rodrigo y Gabriela will be debuting new music, in addition to performing fan favorites, on the duo’s upcoming dates.
Rodrigo y Gabriela, Marc Scibilia
The UC Theatre
September 1, 2018
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