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Artists Believe in Yamaha: Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Published: Wed January 11, 2012  News Feed

Artists Believe in Yamaha

Next to the world renowned products, Yamaha say their most important assets are their artists, and it’s really not hard to see why. With endorsements from Elton John and Michael Buble to Sheryl Crow, the artists are the people who make the two-dimensional products come alive.They boast a roster of over 3500 artists, demonstrating a spectrum of genres with musical flair and quality as superb and immense as the instruments themselves.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Rodrigo Y Gabriela are a unique guitar duo who went from playing in a Thrash Metal band to being a world-famous musical fusion duo. The two talented musicians met in Mexico City whilst playing in the band, Tierra Acida (Acidic Soil), but became increasingly frustrated with the limited scope of the domestic music scene. Deciding to move to Europe was possibly the best decision of their careers, as it was in Dublin, Ireland that their unique “rhythmic-fusion” style was welcomed with open arms.

The duo took to busking on the streets on the capital city, and by the turn of the millennium had become regulars on the vast and busy Grafton Street, along with fellow busker Damien Rice. Specialising in fast, rhythmic acoustic guitar playing, the duo gained a reputation performing in the bars and pubs of Dublin, gaining a large fan base from their interesting style. Their big break came in the form of Damien offering them the chance to provide the support for the Irish Musical Festival, Oxegen, and in 2005 the two toured extensively in festivals around the UK and beyond. By this time, they had developed a large repertoire of original material in a variety of styles, and released their debut album, Re-Foc in 2002. “Theirs is a union where mutual understanding goes beyond intuitive and straight into the realms of Zen. Rhythmic Yin to melodic Yang.”

Since coming into their own, Rodrigo and Gabriela have produced 6 albums, one of which, the self-titled album Rodrigo Y Gabriela (2006) went on to sell over 600’000 copies worldwide, reaching No1 in the national charts and beating other musicians like the Arctic Monkeys to the top spot. The two slowly began gaining popularity and recognition in more and more countries, and it didn’t take long for the nation to succumb to the unique charms of the record leading to the two touring for more over two and a half years in support of the release.

More Recently...

Rodrigo Y Gabriela have featured on MTV, Jools Holland, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Glastonbury, T in the Park and even performed for President Obama in May 2010. Other ventures include the duo featuring in the 2011 DreamWorks Film, Puss in Boots, and in 2011 they collaborated with film composer Hanz Zimmer on the score for Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s new album, Area 52 is out this month, find out more here.

The Rod Y Gab Guitars

Gabriela - Yamaha NCX200R

The NCX2000R is a top-of-the-line, handcrafted, all solid, classical electro-acoustic masterpiece. The instrument was built from the expertise acquired from over 40 years of handcrafting classical Spanish guitars.

This guitar features A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement), an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha. It is through precise control of humidity, temperature and atmospheric pressure that the molecular properties of the wood are able to be manipulated, to create a more acoustically ideal condition.  This process results in the instruments sound being close to that of a vintage guitar that had been used for years. Instruments that have undergone this treatment have received high praises from a number of musicians, with comments such as “well settled”, “mature” and “clear”.

The NCX line is designed to provide nylon-string guitarists a versatile instrument that can cover a wide array of styles such Classical, Flamenco, Latin, Pop, and much more… which explains why this fusion duo can really make them sing.

Rodrigo - Yamaha NTX1200R

in addition to being a simply stunning instrument, the NTX1200R is designed to offer the playability and feel of a steel stringed acoustic. This professional level model is the perfect choice for adding the warm tone of a nylon string acoustic guitar to your music. The Yamaha NTX1200R Classical Electro-Acoustic Guitar offers an extended performance tine, making the NTX1200R perfect use with a wide range of styles. The Yamaha NTX 1200R is a capable instrument, making everything you play sound impeccable, from subtle fingerpicking to flatpick solos.

Also featuring A.R.E., the versatile, contemporary styled NTX1200R is designed with thinner a body, narrow neck and cutaway designs to provide greater comfort and playability for today's steel-string acoustic and electric players.

 Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Tamacun

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