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This Los Angeles-based dynamic Spanish guitar duo has made an incredible career, one brilliant recording after another, of paying homage to the cultures surrounding their countries of origin — Costa Rica (Jorge Strunz) and Iran (Ardeshir Farah). While the intense intricacy of their dual acoustic vibe and high quality of melodies and production each time out make it hard to call any effort their best ever, Fantaseo is certainly right up there. It all starts with little steps, aka the amiable and increasingly dramatic "Pasitos," which lopes along for a few minutes before longtime violin associate Charlie Bisharat adds his soaring exotic Middle Eastern touch. "Bello Mundo" lives up to its spirited title as the duo gracefully weaves a flamenco-inspired spell through Bisharat's optimistic runs. It's always just a matter of time before the Middle Eastern vibe becomes more pronounced, and the title track — which features Farah on steel string — is a joyful entry into that boundless exoticism. After the more laid-back, lushly soundscaped "Southern Seas," Strunz & Farah go a bit smooth jazzier on "Azure," enhancing a gentle, rolling melody with that lightning soloing they're so well known for. The percussion instruments get more exotic (and thus the rhythms grow wilder, global, and more unpredictable) on "Fortuneteller" and "Navayeh Roosta" before the set wraps up nicely on "Luxuriance," on which the duo dares legendary flutist Hubert Laws to keep up note for note with the happy mix of lush melody and hypnotic string rhythms — needless to say, Laws is up to the task.

Customer Reviews

Pure passion,fire ,blood ,sweat tears and God given talent.

There have been fast and flamboyant. None of any guitarist playing within the 1000 years could ever match the pure explosion of talent and grace Strunz and Farah posess. I heard them for the first time in 1994 in Aruba. I thought i was listening to a computer generated recording. I was mesmerized by their clean and precise playing. I have seen almost every well known guitarist live. NONE could ever come close to these guys and their surrounding musicians. Before you see anybody else play a guitar, you must witness STRUNZ AND FARAH. Such command and passion of the guitar.....see you on tour. BRAVO JORGE and ADHESHIR!!!!

You will NOT believe your ears ....

This is good music - no, great music. Original and filled with soul. You can hear the sweat! I wish they were better known, but please listen. You will not be disappointed.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining elements of Latin and Middle Eastern music (Jorge Strunz is Costa Rican while Ardeshir is Iranian), this acoustic guitar duo's world-jazz fusion style offers an interesting blend of music. Interesting percussion and rhythms from traditional instruments, plus...
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