They are a perfect match in Alex Skolnick’s Planetary Coalition. In Alex’s own words, the project is “An ethnically flavored collective of musicians from all over the world, driven by acoustic guitar and bringing together inspirational melodies, in-depth improvisation and the passion of the musical styles of Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin, East Asian, Mediterranean, Balkan/Eastern European, African and other indigenous lands.”Rodrigo y Gabriela first met Alex Skolnick when they were on the road. Alex jammed with the duo frequently and they made plans to collaborate, leading to Rodrigo y Gabriela’s 2009 album, 11:11. The track, “Atman” features blistering solos and helped to further develop a wonderful relationship between these tremendous guitar players. Rodrigo remembers, “It was an unforgettable session, and he played an amazing solo.”
Over the years, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Alex stayed in touch. When ideas for Alex’s first acoustic world music collaboration were in the works, Rodrigo y Gabriela were an obvious choice. On Planetary Coalition, “Playa La Ropa” features Rodrigo y Gabriela navigating Alex’s rhythmically driven and snaky melodic lines. The track is propelled forward with textures from Gabriela’s fiery rhythmic approach and climaxes with an epic guitar duel between Alex and Rodrigo, resulting in some of the best guitar playing on record.
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Alex Skolnick's Planetary Coalition has been submitted for consideration in the 58th Grammy Awards. Find out about all the ArtistShare artists submitted here: