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Dynamic duo: Rodrigo y Gabriela’s combine diverse influences with virtuoso skill

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 10:08 a.m.

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From Mexico to Ireland and just about everywhere in between, internationally acclaimed classic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have won audiences with their characteristic metal-flamenco, acoustic style.

Friday night their U.S. tour brings them to the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

Audiences can expect to hear a high-energy variety of covers and original works from the duo’s albums like “Area 52,” “9 Dead Alive” and their most recent single release “Cumbé.”

Growing up in Mexico City, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero were individually exposed to flamenco, jazz, rock and heavy metal. Then, after meeting in a local theater and culture group, all of these influences and shared interests combined with the virtuosic talents of each guitarist came together to start something new and exciting.

“Our metal band Tierra Acida didn’t break through, and we decided that our chances of getting a record deal were non-existent after chasing one for years,” said Quintero in an interview with Acoustic Magazine. “We picked Dublin as we knew someone living there and figured it would be a new start moving so far away. We didn’t speak English yet and figured we’d start there and if it didn’t work out we’d move elsewhere in Europe. It was cold, but people were very friendly and we just immediately became street performers.”

Moving to Ireland turned out to be exactly what the duo needed to encourage their creativity.

“We made a good living there, and then our music started happening more organically,” continued Quintero. “I guess we set ourselves free from chasing the record deal dream. Instead we just focused on our music and we enjoyed it much more without the added pressure.”

Since meeting and starting to play together in their mid-teens, Rodrigo y Gabriela have appeared on Hollywood movie and television soundtracks and shared stages with a diverse cast of music greats including Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Al Di Meola, Zack De La Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) and Anoushka Shankar.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to correct the day of the concert in the text.

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