Rio de Colores

Rio de Colores

by Strunz & Farah


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Strunz & Farah haven't been much of a critics' favorite, although they have many admirers among great musicians, including the legendary Paco de Lucia. Listening to the guitar duo, it's easy to understand both sides. Both players have incredible technique, with bursts of passion. But at the same time, their new flamenco seems like a watered-down version of "real" flamenco. However, if you take Rio de Colores at face value, as an album of instrumentals colored by the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and even Latin America, it's an outstanding piece of work, although more reflective than some of their other albums -- however, the opener, "Matambu," offers plenty of emotion. The title cut flows gently through several moods, and both "Bandari" and "Arabesca" show the links between flamenco and North Africa in the rhythms and melodies. There's no faulting the playing throughout, and the charango offers some lovely Latin touches. So it may not be to everyone's taste, but the fans will love it, and it's one of their best sets to date.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2003
Label: Selva Records
UPC: 0700977101020
catalogNumber: 1010
Rank: 142968

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Strunz & Farah   Primary Artist
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Pedro Eustache   Flute
Ardeshir Farah   Steel Guitar,spanish guitar
Jorge Strunz   Synthesizer Guitar,Charango,spanish guitar,Ronroco
Ramon Yslas   Cymbals,Cajon,Bell-tree
Jimmy Branley   Drums
Majid Ghorbani   Tambourine
Alberto Salas   Keyboards
Chris Bleth   Woodwind
Jose "Joey" de Leon   Maracas,Latin Percussion
Rene Camacho   Bass
Danny Papakalos   Bouzouki
Ulises Pineda   Kena,Zampona
Michelle Whitsone Stone   Harp,Pedal Harp
Omid Torbatian   Ney

Technical Credits

Charlie Bisharat   Composer
Ardeshir Farah   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Kathlyn Powell   Graphic Design,Cover Art
Jorge Strunz   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Sergio Sanmiguel   Engineer

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