On the eve of the release of their new album, 9 Dead Alive, the incomparable Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela performed at Upper Manhattan’s Hispanic Society of America for an episode of public television’s Live from the Artists Den. The two virtuoso musicians played a dazzling 12-song set in the century-old museum’s Bancaja Gallery, surrounded by the fourteen paintings that make up Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida’s masterwork “Vision of Spain,” a celebration of the country’s diverse customs. It was a breathtaking setting for Rodrigo y Gabriela’s unique fusion of musical genres, a mix of melodic beauty and percussive fury which drove the 300 invited guests into clapping, stomping glee.
Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero met growing up in Mexico City and bonded over a shared love for heavy metal music. After moving to Europe, they gained renown for their dazzling acoustic guitar work and genre-bending fusion of flamenco, metal, and rock and roll while busking on the streets of Dublin. The duo has released four studio albums since its debut, Re-Foc, in 2002 and has become a favorite at music festivals worldwide. In 2011, they collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the soundtrack of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and contributed to the soundtrack for Puss In Boots. Rodrigo y Gabriela’s fifth album, 9 Dead Alive, was released on April 29th, 2014.
The Hispanic Society of America is a museum and reference library dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. Founded in 1904, the institution is in its original location in a Beaux Arts building on Audubon Terrace, on land that was originally part of a farm belonging to painter and naturalist John James Audubon. The museum contains works by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, El Greco, and Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, in addition to a rare books collection, including a first edition of Don Quijote.