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Argentinean native Gustavo Santaolalla is best known for his film scores (Amores Perros, The Motorcycle Diaries, Brokeback Mountain) and his production work (Cafe Tacuba, Gipsy Kings, Juanes), but on Ronroco he turns his attention to writing and playing a set of low-key instrumentals. The album’s title refers to a South American string instrument that is similar to the charango. (The charango is sometimes made with an armadillo shell, has a set of double strings, and is related to the lute.) The ronroco and the charango, as well as other traditional South American instruments, figure prominently on the album which uses older sounds as a foundation for the eclectic material. Anibal Kerpel’s vibraphone and melodica nicely complement Santaolalla’s battery of string instruments. “Way Up” brings to mind an Andean variant of ambient minimalism, while parts of “Lela” and “Del Pago” have affinities with son jarocho, the fiery musical style from the Mexican state of Veracruz. “Coyita” hints at the courtly air of Early Music, and “Jardin” creates a magical atmosphere with its dancing vibraphone and string tones. In its own quiet way, Ronroco South Americanizes everything it touches.

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Amazing album--One of a kind

this is truly one of the most relaxing and soothing and at the same time beautiful albums i have ever listened to. just listen to the preview and you will get a perfect idea what this album is about. a must have.


This CD is eloquent in its approach to the classic folkloric sounds of Argentina. Santaolalla blends the simple music and instrumentation of the Andes with a new, beautiful - modern feel. You cannot help but but feel raapture listening to Gaucho, Atacama, and De Ushuaia a la Quiaca. A must buy for anyone wishing to touch the beaty of Argentina through sound.


As an Argentine, I am always trying to find music that puts some kind of modern spin on my country's folklore. Gustavo Santaolalla does indeed provide just that in this album much as he did in the soundtrack to The Motorcycle Diaries. Definitely soothing, especially being so far from home right now.


Born: 1952 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Over the course of several decades, Gustavo Santaolalla was recognized as a gifted musician, songwriter, producer, and composer, and he enjoyed a multi-phased career that took him from Argentina to the United States and, intermittently, back to Latin America; an overall storied journey that included Grammy and Oscar wins, not to mention the towering heights of respect he earned for his artistic accomplishments. Santaolalla began his career while a teenager, when he founded the Argentine rock band...
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