San Francisco, CA, October, 2013 — Celebrated Latin guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela recently performed live at San Francisco’s Studio Trilogy for broadcast via ISDN on LA’s KCRW “Morning Becomes Eclectic” radio show. Trilogy producer/engineer Justin Leiberman recorded and mixed the performance, and radio host Jason Bentley interviewed the duo, who also previewed three new songs in advance of their World Festival appearance at the Hollywood Bowl.
Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero grew up in middle-class families in Mexico City. Their parents listened to flamenco, jazz, and rock music, but they were also exposed to and inspired by heavy metal rock music and other genres. They met as teenagers at the Casa de Cultura (House of Culture) in Mexico City, where Rodrigo’s brother was Director.
The musicians later gained notoriety by playing on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and gained a cult following. To date, Rodrigo y Gabriela have sold in excess of 1.2 million albums. In 2011, they collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” soundtrack, as well as contributing to the soundtrack for the Shrek prequel “Puss in Boots.”
They regularly dismiss being classified in any one particular genre of music, preferring to say they play a fusion of many influences. Both Rodrigo and Gabriela play Yamaha NX series electro nylon string guitars exclusively. Rodrigo plays the slimmer neck NTX1200 and Gabriela plays the more traditional sized NCX2000 and NCX1200.