Strunz & Farah
Moods and Visions (Selva, 2014)
Strunz & Farah is one of the most successful guitar duos I the past decades. Jorge Strunz (Costa Rica) and Ardeshir Farah (Iran) have been performing together for 35 years and now they present their 20th album, which is their 1th studio recording.
Latin guitar fans will not be disappointed. The duo conceived an effective formula years ago by combining Latin American melodies and rhythms, Middle Eastern influences, improvisations and a bit of flamenco.
Moods and Visions provides an enjoyable balance between the fast paced compositions and the romantic laid back pieces. Favorites include ‘Phrygian Contours’ where the group adds flute that interplays with the two guitars; the delicate guitar piece ‘Below The Moon’; the dreamy vignette ‘Green Mists’; the lovely slow tempo Museo Romantico (Romantic Museum) that pours out the passion of a bolero; and ‘Halls of Time’, a beautiful contemporary piece that introduces classical elements into the mix.
The lineup includes Jorge Strunz on guitars; Ardeshir Farah on guitars; Rob Hardt on flute; Rick Keller on flute; Jorge Sawa Perez on bass; Elisio Borrero on bass; Luis Conte on Latin percussion; and Majeed Ghorbani on Middle Eastern percussion.
Moods and Visions is a delightful guitar ride across Latin America, the Middle East, American jazz, and the Mediterranean.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.