Rodrigo Y Gabriela take 'a step in the dark' with latest album 'Area 52' 

Maybe they were feeling their creative oats, fresh from scoring “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” with composer Hans Zimmer, but Rodrigo Y Gabriela have made a truly bold move with their upcoming “Area 52” album, out Jan. 24 on ATO.

With legendary producer Peter Asher overseeing the project, the duo decided to record in Havana, Cuba allowing nine of their catalog faves to be re-arranged for a 13-piece orchestra known as C.U.B.A.

In addition to sessions completed at their own studio in Ixtapa, Mexico, Rodrigo Y Gabriela tracked most of “Area 52” in Havana’s Miramar District, at Silvio Rodriguez’s historic Abdale Studios.

“The album is called 'Area 52' because we felt like Mulder and Scully approaching this,” says Rodrigo. “It was just a crazy idea to see if a big Cuban band could play our music, a step in the dark. We saw it as a trip into the unknown, an experiment.”

For more visit www.rodgab.com.

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