Local duo returns with a multi-media show at the Moss

By Michael Aushenker

In what they are calling “a multimedia extravaganza,” Dúo del Sol performs Saturday for the launch of the new “Hardly Strictly Classical” music series at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre in Santa Monica.

Guitarist Tom Farrell and violinist Javier Orman – the “duo” in Dúo del Sol – combine world, jazz and art-rock music.

On Saturday they premiere their music video “Me Hace Bien,” directed by Dustin Brown, on a big screen during the concert. Also during the show, video artist Matt Medwid projects visual animation and time-lapse sequences and choreographer Roni Blak brings her Blak & Blue Dance Project to the stage, collaborating on such songs as “Tightrope” and “While You Were Gone” from Dúo del Sol’s debut album, “Hello Kaleidoscope.” Opera singer Janai Brugger and pianist Starr Parodi also perform.

Funded by Sarah Coade Mandell and Peter Mandell in partnership with the Coalition for Engaged Education, the ongoing all-ages events are free to attend, or donate $10 to the coalition for early seating and to attend a reception with the artists.

Born in Israel and raised in the artsy port city of Montevideo, Uruguay, Orman lists Radiohead and Mahler among his influences while Chicago-bred Farrell grew up enjoying Black Sabbath, Metallica and The Cult.

“We’ve definitely been influenced by dance music, from Manu Chau to electronic music,” Orman said.

Venice resident Farrell and Santa Monica-based Orman met in late 2010 while working at a Santa Monica-based nonprofit school, Sol-LA Music Academy. Farrell also leads Tom Farrell Music, a musical instruction business, holding teen rock band showcases at Venice’s Talking Stick.

Last September, Dúo del Sol crowd-funded “Hello Kaleidoscope,” recorded at Venice’s Beacon Street Studios, to the tune of $18,000.

“I continuously discover new sounds and new ways of approaching this instrument,” Farrell said. “The guitar in Dúo del Sol is the drum set, the bass, the cello and the mandolin.”

The Independent Music Awards nominated “Hello” for “Best Instrumental Album,” while Premios Graffiti, the Uruguayan music awards, nominated it in the category of “Best Instrumental Album in the Vanguard.”

Up next for Dúo del Sol: more touring. Later this month, Dúo del Sol plays Colorado Springs and Denver. In November, they perform in Chicago and Indianapolis. They are also readying their new single, ‘La Ciudad,” for digital distribution.

“Hardly Strictly Classical” presents Dúo del Sol at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater, New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-5582; duodesol.com

michael(at)argonautnews.com

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