Sound in Focus - Rodrigo Y Gabriela

KCRW & the Annenberg Foundation Present

Sound in Focus - Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Natalia LaFourcade, KCRW DJ José Galván

Sat July 29, 2017

5:00 pm

Annenberg Space for Photography

Los Angeles, CA

Free

Free

This event is all ages

Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Rodrigo y Gabriela (Rodrigo and Gabriela) are a Mexican musical duo who specialize in playing fast, rhythmic acoustic guitars. The duo's members are Rodrigo Sanchez, lead guitar, and Gabriela Quintero, rhythm guitar.

The duo met in Mexico City while playing in a thrash metal band called "Tierra Ácida". Growing frustrated with the limited scope of the domestic music scene, they moved to Europe, where they met considerable acclaim.

They took up residence in Dublin, Ireland, after hearing it was particularly welcoming to travelling musicians. Playing live gigs in various pubs and busking on Grafton Street and Temple Bar allowed them to practice their sound. They received their break when Damien Rice approached them to provide the support for the Irish music festival Oxegen. In 2005 they toured extensively in festivals around the United Kingdom and beyond.

The duo has released six albums - Foc, re-Foc, Live in Manchester and Dublin, the self-titled album Rodrigo y Gabriela, Live in Japan and 11:11.
Natalia LaFourcade
Natalia LaFourcade
The most awarded artist of the last edition of the Latin Grammys started her successful career at age 14, when she joined the pop group Twist. It was then that she decided to devote her life to music and started attending music school.
She learned to play guitar and piano, as well as studied singing and dancing.

Later on, she attended a music training program at Berklee College of Music in Boston and, when she was 16, she started writing her ownsongs.

In 2002, at age 17, she signed her first record deal with Sony Music and made her debut album: 'Natalia Lafourcade', which was produced by Loris Ceroni and Aureo Baqueiro.

In 2005, she released her second album: 'Casa', which she wrote along with her band 'La Forquetina'.

In 2006, after spending nine months in Canada, she wrote the instrumental album 'The Four Seasons of Love', which she recorded with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the State of Veracruz. At the same time, she also wrote
some of the songs for her next solo album: 'Hu Hu Hu', which was released in 2009. Her fifth album is the magnificent 'Mujer Divina -Tribute to Agustin Lara', which has set common ground between generations and highlights the romantic character of Mexican hearts. Musicians such as Gilberto Gil, Vicentico, Miguel Bosé, Lila Downs, Adrián Dargelos (Babasónicos), Meme (Café Tacuba), Jorge Drexler, León Larregui (Zoé), Leonardo de Lozanne, Leonel García y Kevin Johansen contributed to this album.

The album has become Platinum for reaching over 90,000 copies sold one year after its release. It has also remained in the Top Ten best-selling albums in iTunes for several months and was nominated for three Latin Grammy Awards, in the categories of: Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Engineering for an Album and Best Music Video, Extended Version.

Her last album released on March 2015, Hasta la raíz, came out as No.1 on iTunes and Deezer. Her first two singles Hasta la raiz and Lo que construímos, were positioned in the first place of Mexico ́s viral 50 spotify top chart, and on the
top ten of the global category. This album has become platinum in Mexico and gold in Italy.

In this year's edition of the Latin Grammy awards, she won 5 of 6 nominations, including: Record of the year, Song of the year, Best alternative music album, Best alternative song, Best engineered album.

Hasta la raíz, is now nominee to best latin album for the Grammys 2016.

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