Rodrigo y Gabriela map major spring tour with orchestra

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Rodrigo y Gabriela have announced plans to hit the road with Havana-based orchestra C.U.B.A. in support of their brand new album, Area 52. The duo will visit Boston for a performance at the Orpheum Theatre on Monday, April 23. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $33.50 to $43.50, are now on sale through Ticketmaster.

The upcoming tour will be the duo’s first with a backing band. C.U.B.A., a 13-piece orchestra, also accompanied Rodrigo y Gabriela during the recording of Area 52. The album features nine of Rodrigo y Gabriela’s favorite songs from their own catalogue re-arranged for the orchestra, giving the duo’s signature Latin-metal-jazz hybrid a whole new sound.

“This album is called Area 52 because we felt like Mulder and Scully approaching this – it was just a crazy idea to see if a big Cuban band could play our music, a step in the dark,” explained Rodrigo in a press release. “We knew it was out there, everyone has heard of Area 51, but we wanted to take it a little further. We saw it as a trip into the unknown, an experiment.”

Traveling to Havana to record Area 52 also proved to be a cultural experience for the two Mexico City natives. Produced by Peter Asher, recording for the band’s fourth studio effort took place in the Miramar district of Havana, Cuba, at Abdala Studios, founded by the Cuban folk hero Silvio Rodriguez, as well as at the duo’s home studio in Ixtapa, Mexico. Area 52 was mixed by Rafa Sardina, one of the leading studio musicians in the Latin music world, and arranged by London-based pianist, composer and arranger Alex Wilson.

Get a taste of Area 52 and the recording process for the new album with the video below.

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