Historically, many areas of instrumental music, especially the guitar, have been heavily male-dominated. But today, these Mexican women are making the guitar sing, and people across the world are taking notice.
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Rodrigo y Gabriela - The professional website of Gabriela Quintero and Rodrigo Sánchez, the Grammy-winning acoustic guitar duo whose musical style includes nuevo flamenco, rock, and heavy metal.
An Electrifying Acoustic Guitar Performance - This 4-minute live TEDx performance by Rodrigo y Gabriela combines furiously fast riffs and rocking rhythms to create a style that sounds both flamenco and heavy metal.
Rodrigo y Gabriela - This 24-minute virtual pandemic-mode performance offers several songs that nicely showcase their guitar artistry. There's some banter with the host at the beginning, and the music starts at about 3:06.
Zaira Meneses - The professional website of this internationally-acclaimed classical guitarist. She began to study the guitar at the age of 7, performing her first solo recital 5 years later. At the age of 15, she co-founded the renowned Orquesta de Guitarras de Xalapa and toured internationally with this ensemble as its youngest member.
Zaira Meneses - Performing Bach Chaconne at Boston Guitar Fest.
La llorona (4 minute video) - Performance at the Council for the Americas.
Flor de Toloache - Although based in New York City, and with more instruments than just guitars, I have to include this all-female mariachi-fusion band. Not only do they create great music, but they take a traditionally male-dominated genre apart and put it back together in an amazing way.
Flor de Toloache - This 22-minute TEDx performance offers a good introduction to this talented group's style, heart, and talented instrumentation.
Flor de Toloache Live Session at Midem Latin American Forum - An 18-minute pandemic-mode performance, which provides an opportunity to focus of the artistry of each of the performers.