The duo’s first album in five years marks the most ambitious music of Rodrigo y Gabriela’s remarkable two-decade career.
Three years in the making, the LP embraces the duo’s passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species, all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars.
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Conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, the music of METTAVOLUTION was road-tested around the world on tour in 2017 and 2018 before being recorded late last year in Los Angeles with multiple GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, A Perfect Circle, Band of Horses) behind the board.
METTAVOLUTION gathers six white-hot new Rodrigo y Gabriela compositions – much of which acknowledge the duo’s thrash-metal roots back in Mexico City – as well as an inspired, side-long cover of Pink Floyd’s sprawling “Echoes” – originally found on 1971’s MEDDLE – audaciously reimagined for two acoustic guitars.
With career album sales now in excess of 1.5 million worldwide, Rodrigo y Gabriela have undoubtedly established themselves as the planet’s preeminent acoustic guitar duo, earning international acclaim and a fervent fan following with their awe-inspiring mastery of their instruments as well as a truly distinctive approach to melody, energy, and rhythm.
One of the world’s most in-demand live acts, Rodrigo y Gabriela have spent much of their remarkable 20-year career performing on increasingly larger stages around the globe. Highlights include sold out shows at such legendary venues as New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles, CA’s Hollywood Bowl, Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and Paris, FR’s Le Zenith, along with countless other theatres and concert halls in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan.
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA ON TOUR 2019
18 – Luxembourg City, LUXEMBOURG – den Atelier
19 – Brussels, BELGIUM – Cirque Royal
21 – Dublin, IRELAND – Olympia Theatre
24 – London, ENGLAND – Roundhouse
25 – Paris, FRANCE – L’Olympia
27 – Chamonix, FRANCE – Musilac Mont Blanc
4 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
5 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival
15 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
17 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
18 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater
23 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
24 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
1 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
2 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
4 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
5 – Charlottesville, VA – Sprint Pavilion
7 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap Filene Center
8 – Cleveland, OH – LaureLive
9 – Grand Rapids, MI – Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
3 – Montreal, QC – Montreal Jazz Fest
5 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
9 – Bayfield, WI – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
13 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery