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28.05.2011

Rodrigo Rodriguez

Published in Artist Biographies

Born in Argentina (1978). Rodriguez arrived to Spain in 1986, where he spent most of his childhood. At an early age, he began to study modern and classical music.

Between the years of 1993-1999, Rodrigo tutored at home enrolled with several teachers of classical guitar until he was 22 years old. Rodrigo's professional music career began in Spain. It was there that he discovered his first Asian instrument the Shakuhachi flute.

Fascinated by Japanese music, he travelled to Japan several times to enhance his knowledge. He studied classical and traditional Japanese music under the lineages of Katsuya Yokoyama with the Master Kakizakai Kaoru in the International Shakuhachi Kenshu-kan School. His interest in traditional and ethnic musical instruments began before he reached his teenage years.

As a young child, Rodrigo had a vision for imitating the music and sounds he heard in his mind. His many and diverse travels enabled him to acquire a rare collection of experiences from which to create his unique compositional language.

Since 2004, Rodrigo has been the first musician in Japan to introduce innovative and developed instruments from European countries.For example, the Hang Drum, which significantly influenced his music and its composition, altering Japanese audiences' perception of 21st century sounds and their textures.

In 2006, several compositions from his album "Inner Thoughts" were licensed, arousing the interest of a well known record label, Gemini Sun Record based in Los Angeles, CA. Rodrigo's compositions can be divided into three basic categories :New Age, World Music and Contemporary Music.

In recent years, he has performed numerous concerts in both the West and the East, at legendary stages like Imperial Hotel Tokyo and NHK Culture Center of Japan.

In the late 2009, Rodriguez started to study with the renowned master of Japan's leading players of shakuhachi Miyata Kohachiro,interested in Contemporary and Koten Shakuhachi. Rodrigo showed deep interest and dedication to Miyata's compositions and repertoire.

He is also is working as full-time instructor for the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Balearic Island in Spain(Conselleria d'Educacio i Cultura) spreading the Shakuhachi tradition,culture, and philosophy.

Thereafter, he resolved to study all types of traditional Japanese music, paying special attention to the differences between the two very different musical traditions.

2008, new release album Beyond the Times -

Beyond the Times, the album, is the third KZN recording to feature music written and performed by Rodrigo Rodriguez.

This album of acoustic music is the first solo album by Rodriguez. The radical all-acoustic perfomance explores sonorities and textures that frequently sound frozen in the time, and also often sounds in a direction to the most poetic sense.

Inspired in the ancient knowledge of the divine love, Rodrigo features a po

29.01.2011

Across the East

Published in Press Releases

"Across the East" is the second album, the pieces on the present recording are
thrilling and profoundly musical KZN release by the Spanish composer, Rodrigo Rodriguez.

The album brings to a conclusion 3 years of intensive work where Rodrigo was recording
in diferent studios, in Spain and Japan.

Solo guitars,kena,clarinets, duets for shakuhachi flute and steel guitar, and pieces where Rodrigo
has used for the first time the sheng (mouth organ) consisting essentia

Cultural Showcase at NHK Museum of Broadcasting
January 19th, 2007
14:00 16:00

Rodrigo Rodriguez will be performing with Hasan Hujairi on January 19th, 2007 at the
NHK Museum of Broadcasting. This cultural event is sponsored by the NHK Broadcasting
Culture Research Institute and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Rodrigo
Rodriguez and Hasan Hujairi will be performing a repertoire of music using the
Santour (Persian Zither), Oud (Middle Eastern Lute), a specially tune