Rodrigo y Gabriela are taking a break from writing their new album, and will play London’s iconic Palladium theatre for the first time. London fans can see Rod & Gab on Tuesday 5th July, more than two years since their last London gigs – two sold-out, seismic nights at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2014.
April EU Tour on sale nowApril 2016 European tour dates are on sale now.Visit www.rodgab.com/tour-dates/ for tickets.March31 – Spring Of Culture Festival – BahrainApril03 – House Of Culture – Helsinki, Finland04 – Nordea Concert Hall – Talinn, Estonia05 – Congress Concert Hall – Vilnius, Lithuania07 – Progresja – Warsaw, Poland09 – Divadlo Archa – Prague, Czech Republic12 – Multifunkcni Aula Gong – Ostrava, Czech Republic14 – WUK – Vienna, Austria15 – A38 – Budapest, Hungary17 – Circolo Magnolia – Milan, Italy19 – Le Bikini – Toulouse, France 21 – Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain22 – Sala Vistalegre – Madrid, Spain24 – Aula Magna – Lisbon, Portugal
Rodrigo y Gabriela have recorded a classic Jaco Pastorius track – “Continuum,” from his self-titled 1976 album – which appears on the soundtrack to Jaco, a new documentary by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Jaco’s eldest son, John Pastorius IV.
The film chronicles the brief-but-extraordinary life and career of Pastorius, the remarkably talented Weather Report bassist who died in 1987 at age 35. Jaco became the state-of-the-art electric bass player. To be more accurate, he pushed the state of the art to the point where he defined it. What he did with his instrument was expand it way past its original function of merely supplying the harmonic underpinning to a composition.
While there were other electric bassists with the technical ability to do more, Jaco was probably the first to make the listener aware of a musical idea first, and the instrument playing second.
The two albums in this collection are the foundations of Rodrigo y Gabriela. The album Foc was recorded in their small flat in Dublin in Spring 2001. The songs they recorded had been composed during their time travelling across Europe, and drew inspiration from the cities and people they had met. Their recording equipment was no more elaborate than a simple Korg D8 digital recorder set up on a coffee table between them. A home made and early work it was sold from their guitar cases on the street to listeners passing by.
The album re-foc was an attempt to re-imagine some of those early compositions with an expanded sound, while also adding newer songs. re-foc would go on to be the first official release in record shops, and was for many people their initial introduction to Rodrigo y Gabriela.
Foc has never before been released commercially. As the sound of Rodrigo y Gabriela developed over the years into what it has now become, they felt that this early, almost tentative work was best left to this learning period of their career. In a similar way, the expanded ‘group’ sound that they achieved on re-foc was also something which they would move away from on future albums choosing to focus more on the direct sound of just two guitars. Now it feels like the right time to shine a light in the attic, and these albums are now presented in a deluxe hardbound book featuring the two albums on CD and a DVD featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela’s debut TV performance.
This deluxe package is available to pre-order now and will be released on 27th November 2015. Pre-order and you will receive four tracks from the album to download right away. This package is only available from RodGab.com and will not be sold in shops.
DVD – Other Voices: Songs From A Room
Also included in this packcage is the first ever live TV performance by Rodrigo y Gabriela. Recorded for the famous Other Voices TV show the set was performed shortly after the release of re-foc. The set features six classic Rod and Gab tracks in the intimate and beautiful venue of St. James’s Church, Dingle, Co. Kerry.
Rodrigo y Gabriela’s famous performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Colorado from July 2013 is now available to stream and download from Vimeo on demand.
The concert features the first live performance of many tracks from the 9 Dead Alive album as well as classic Rod and Gab songs from their back catalogue. The duo were joined on stage at the concert by special guests The Colorado Symphony to perform unique orchestral arrangements of specially chosen songs.
The concert is now available to download and stream on any device from RodGab.com for the price of $5.
Rodrigo y Gabriela with Øystein Greni
Rodrigo y Gabriela and Øystein Greni’s collaboration on the classic Spirit song Nature’s Way.
Originally released exclusively for Record Store Day in France, The UK and Ireland we have a small number of copies left. The only physical release of this song is available on limited edition etched 7″ from RodGab.com. Also includes digital copy in the format of your choice.
Fan club & VIP pre-sales start Weds 4/15 at 10a local time for all headline shows, except 6/17, 6/24 and 6/25, which will conduct pre-sales starting Thursday 4/16 at 10a local time. Use presale password RYG2015.
Visit the Tour Dates page for more info on Fan Club Tickets & VIP Packages and for public on sale information.
Rodrigo y Gabriela with Oysten Greni will release Nature’s Way on 7″ Etched Vinyl for Record Store Day
Available in Record Store Day shops in France, The UK and Ireland on RSD – 18th April 2015
The Story Behind Nature’s Way
Hello all. Last year in Oslo I met Øystein Greni, frontman of one of the biggest and most influential Norwegian bands of the last 10 years Bigbang. Gab and I were first introduced to the band years ago when we saw a live performance from them on a cultural Mexican TV station.
In December 2013 I caught Bigbang live in Oslo and after the show I met Øystein and we became friends straight away. Months later I visited Norway again and after going on a good long run though the Norwegian woods we ended up at his place playing old vinyl records from his huge collection.
He introduced me to a song called Natures Way from an American band from the 60’s called Spirit and I thought it was a great song! Right then we decided to record it without having any plans to release it in any way shape or form. A few days later we met at a studio in Oslo, and after the success of the session we decided to give it a serious try. A month later, during our summer tour in the States, I showed Gab the track and she loved it!
In September, before we started our autumn tour in Europe, she recorded her guitars back at our studios in Mexico and the track was ready! In October the video was shot without any big plans ahead, just for the love of it. A bunch of young and talented Norwegian film makers wanted a song for an idea they had in mind. They called Øystein asking if he had a track they could use and he offered them Nature’s Way.
Three days later and we had an outstanding video and in complete harmony with the lyrics of the song.
This song is not part of any album either from Rodrigo y Garbriela or from Øystein. We hope you like it and if you do please share it with your friends.