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RODRIGO Y GABRIELA: THE PATH TO AREA 52
Havana, Cuba, ninety degrees in the shade. Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero are perched over their guitars in a recording studio: all pine flooring, cherrywood panels and caramel drapes. They are surrounded by unfamiliar but friendly faces, local musicians – horn players, woodwind, percussionists, violinists and more. Sheet music in front of each band member, waiting to be brought to life. The studio chit-chat dies away; the bandleader counts them in: “uno, dos, tres, quatro”.
Music fills the room – an extraordinary sound incorporating elements rock, latin, hispanic and jazz. The groove is irresistible, a rhythmic juggernaut drives the band on as brass and strings explode like rockets at different tangents, harmonies, unison lines, counter-melodies: a panoply of invention. At the heart of this music fuelled fireball, Rod glances over at Gab and smiles...
Is this Rodrigo y Gabriela? This is Rodrigo y Gabriela. Like you have never heard them before.
Rewind to summer 2011. Fresh from scoring 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' with Hans Zimmer and wrapping up the final edits on the European tour souvenir 'Live In France'; Rod and Gab headed for Cuba armed with their guitars, unplayed arrangements for their favourite songs and a sense of intrepid trepidation. “We saw it as a trip into the unknown, an experiment” says Rodrigo, “okay we knew the producer, and had spoken to the arranger on Skype; but we didn't know the musicians or the studio, or Cuba for that matter”.
The producer is the legendary Peter Asher: 60's hitmaker, Apple Records A&R, and producer of acts as diverse as James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, 10,000 Maniacs and Cher. Rod & Gab met him while working on 'Pirates...' He says: “Rodrigo and Gabriela are two of the most extraordinary musicians with whom it has ever been my privilege to work. From Gab’s complex multi-voice one-woman rhythm section to Rod’s searingly creative lead lines they are forging genuinely new, exciting and viscerally powerful music”.
Switzerland based pianist, composer and arranger Alex Wilson was given the task of creating new arrangements of Rod & Gab's favourite tunes for a thirteen piece Cuban orchestra, known as for the recordings; the C.U.B.A. While mindful of the rich history of Cuban music, the duo were keen to imbue the project with the vitality and brio they are synonymous with. Rodrigo: “we have great love and respect for the well known Cuban musicians, but it was really important for us to seek out the best young players in Havana”. He adds: “Our music is high energy, high intensity; and we wanted guys who could interpret our vision and match our approach”.
Recording took place in the Miramar district of Havana, at Abdala Studios, founded by the legendary Cuban folk singer Silvio Rodriguez. Once basic tracking was completed over a three week period, Rod & Gab returned to their Lumbini home studio in Ixtapa to continue recording their guitar parts. They also played host to Spanish bass guitar master Carles Benavent (Paco De Lucia, Chick Corea, Miles Davis) who flew to Mexico to lay down his rich, vibrant lines on 'Juan Loco' and '11:11'. John Tempesta (The Cult, Testament, White Zombie) added drums 'Hanuman' and 'Tamacun' in LA. Other stellar guest contributions come from Anoushka Shankar, who weaves her sitar seamlessly into 'Ixtapa' and Le Trio Joubran on 'Master Maqui'.
The album was mixed by Rafa Sardina, who has been nominated for the Grammy awards 25 times (winning 11 times) and is recognised as one of the leading studio magicians in the Latin music world.
The album is called 'Area 52'. Rodrigo explains: “we felt like Mulder and Scully approaching this; it was just a crazy idea, to see if a big Cuban band could play our music, a step in the dark”. He adds: “we knew it was out there, everyone has heard of Area 51, but we wanted to take it a little further”.
With career sales in excess of 1.2 million albums, blockbuster movie scores, sell out world tours that span London to Los Angeles, Paris to Tokyo and Dublin to Sydney, and not forgetting the love and respect of fellow musicians like Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Al Di Meola and L Shankar; Rodrigo y Gabriela have worked hard to reach 'Area 52'.
Their endless curiosity and ceaseless energy to take their music forward drives them on. The journey that began on a flight from Mexico to Dublin - “because we knew nothing about it” (Rodrigo) - at the end of the 90's shows no sign of ending. Taking the easy way out has never been an option for Rodrigo y Gabriela.