Strunz and Farah: Acoustic Guitar Duo at Scullers
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The last date listed for Strunz and Farah was Thursday January 15, 2009 / 10:00pm.
Together since 1979, Strunz & Farah have sold over a million records and have profoundly influenced acoustic guitarists worldwide. This pioneering virtuosic guitar duo plays original compositions with improvisations that canvas a wide musical spectrum, incorporating flamenco, Afro-Latin and Latin folk, Middle Eastern and jazz forms. Their CDs “Primal Magic” and “Américas” have been named Billboard World Music Album of the Year and been nominated for a Grammy in the World Music category, respectively. “Heat of the Sun,” spent four months in the top 10 of the World Music chart.
Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah, originally from Costa Rica and Iran respectively, have pioneered a new expression for the acoustic guitar, bringing the cultural riches of their native lands to their highly virtuosic, rhythmic and improvisation-rich original compositions. Jorge, given his first guitar at age 6, grew up in an Afro-Caribbean milieu playing flamenco and classical guitar, incorporating jazz, Afro-Latin and Latin American folk forms. Ardeshir Farah was raised in Iran and England, and also played guitar since childhood, focusing on popular music and improvisation. Both began performing professionally in their early teens. The travels of his diplomat father brought Jorge to the United States, while Ardeshir arrived as a student of architecture. Fortune and music brought the two together, when Ardeshir came to see Jorge perform with his Latin jazz-fusion group Caldera (which put out 4 albums on Capitol).
When the two guitarists subsequently met, it was instantly obvious that they were brothers of the guitar from opposite ends of the earth. They quickly prepared a repertoire, began performing, and recorded their first project, “Mosaico” in 1980. Although record companies at that time were not yet ready for this exotic new music, jazz radio embraced it enthusiastically, and the duo caught the attention of Milestone, with whom they put out two CDs in the early 80s, “Frontera” and “Guitarras.” The intimate audiophile recording “Misterio” was commissioned and recorded by Waterlily Acoustics in 1989. Following this came the phenomenally successful recordings “Primal Magic” (1990) and “Americas” (1992) on Mesa/Atlantic, which won Billboard’s World Music Album of the Year and a Grammy nomination, respectively. The artists then started their own record company, Selva, as a humane alternative to the majors and put out “Heat of the Sun,” (top 10 Billboard World Music chart) and “Live,” the artists first live performance recording.