Shakuhachi & Composer
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.
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 stages like Imperial Hotel Tokyo, NHK Culture events, and in the Temple Kōtoku-in of the "Great Buddha" of Kamakura which is one of the most famous icons of Japan.
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 musical tradition,culture, and philosophy.
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 Honkyoku. Rodrigo showed deep interest and dedication to Miyata's compositions and repertoire.
Thereafter, he resolved to study all types of traditional Japanese music, paying special attention to the differences between the two very different musical traditions.
In 2011-2012 he received invitation from Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory to perform in the XIV International Music Festival "The Soul of Japan" ("NIHON-NO KOKORO") in Moscow.
||Across the East|
The second album by the Spanish composer, Rodrigo Rodriguez. The album brings to a conclusion three years of intensive work where Rodrigo was recording in different studios in Spain and Japan. Instruments include solo guitars, kena, clarinets, duets for shakuhachi flute, steel guitar, the sheng (Chinese mouth organ, samsula (African thumb piano, Indonesian Gamelan (bonang, saron, kenong) and the fujara (Slovakian folk flute).
||Beyond the Times|
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 poem of Sufi Master Hafiz who let the listeners reflect on the mystic connection between life and existence.
Shakuhachi Flute, Acoustic Guitar, 3 vocal tracks, Didgeridoo, Darbukas.
||Music that Illuminates Your Life|
Gemini Sun Records is proud to bring you Music that illuminates your life Volume One. Volume One explores the more contemplative and surreal repertoire of our artists, including some of our favorite tracks from 2002, David Arkenstone, Nicholas Gunn, Mars Lasar, Loren Gold, Rodrigo Rodriguez, and Johannes Linstead to name a few. These specially selected songs create an ambience that is perfect for reflection, meditation, and relaxation. Carefully crafted to maximize the spa and salon experience with over sixty minutes of continuous play, this is Music that illuminates your life.
Solo Shakuhachi music performed by the Shakuhachi player Rodrigo Rodriguez. Meditation pieces inspired by the ancient Japan.
||Traces of Truth|
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