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It's surprising that it's taken this dynamic gypsy guitar duo so many years to title a recording after exactly what it is they do with their intricate string tapestries. But better late than never, and Stringweave, like all their great works, is both technically sharp and musically whimsical. Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah named their buoyant opening track, "Las Verduras," after "our favorite guitar players who are named after vegetables," and the tongue-in-cheek whimsy is apparent on the track. Some sections of the piece feature a higher-toned string interacting with Alberto Salas' spicy piano, while others have a darker flavor in the lead as a higher tone takes the rhythm guitar harmony role. As always, the two break in the middle for some crazy improvisations, texturing those with insistent strumming rhythms. "Rosa Blanca" lopes along with sparkling strings over a samba groove, enhanced by Charlie Bisharat's lush violin and the increasingly dense à gogo percussion pattern of Luis Conte; it's like the soundtrack to an adventurous scene in a movie about a gypsy who just can't settle. Bisharat adds a classical romance sensibility to the hot and percussive "Gypsy in the Wood." "Campera" is laid-back, cool strumming cantina music with bird calls and some Native American flavors. "Tierra Mojada" features the usual strumming/plucky improv mix with a gently croaking chorus of the "amphibian orchestra" in the background. Most of Strunz & Farah's tunes are manic with energy, but the cool "Rimas de Cuerdas" just sort of moseys along with an extra jazz guitar element provided by Liona Boyd. As always, a joyous dual affair by masters who never fail to perfectly mix joyful accessibility with incredible chops.
Performance CreditsStrunz & Farah Primary Artist
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Eliseo Borrero Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Liona Boyd Classical Guitar
Luis Conte Percussion,Maracas,Djembe,Agogo,Shaker,Guiro,Hand Percussion
Cassio Duarte Percussion
Jorge Strunz Cittern,spanish guitar,Ronroco
Ramon Yslas Cymbals,Bombo,Cajon
Bijan Mortazavi Violin
Majid Ghorbani Cymbals,Tambourine,Rainstick
Alberto Salas Keyboards,Synthesizer Pads
Technical CreditsKathlyn Powell Graphic Design,Cover Painting
Jorge Strunz Producer,Engineer
Ardeshir Farrah Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It is difficult to really describe such beautiful acoustic guitar playing that can magically weave rhythm and melody together. I've read of players who could make their instruments sing like whispers of the wind or birds in the sky, but classical music is so constricted and scripted I didn't believe the authors of those stories. After hearing this duo's album, I understand what the authors of those stories were trying to explain. In this album I hear more than just a pretty tune, I can really hear sounds of the wind blowing in the trees. I can hear the ocean lapping against the sand of a far-off island somewhere in the ocean. I can feel like I am in the middle of villa in Spain or Italy, and I can see the beautiful colors of the flowers in springtime. It's music that has no connection to my past. It's not the same old stuff on popular radio. It's not connected to any movies or advertising. It's music I can have on in the background that doesn't drive me nuts with repetitive phrases or constant high notes that grate the ear. It's music that soothes with flavor, like a lime-infused cool drink on a hot day. Finally music through which I can lose my self into daydreams again.