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Del Castillo
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Del Castillo has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of flamenco, rock, Latin, blues, and world music. They have been described as a 'cross between Paco de Lucia and Yngwie Malmsteen,' or a 'Latinized Allman Brothers Band.' Their shows consist of passionate material including fresh-faced flamenco, many originals, classics given a new coat of paint, and jamming with the enthusiasm of a band that is comfortable together, but years away from feeling tired. They have received numerous awards, and their music has appeared in a dozen major films and TV shows. They can offer workshops in guitar playing, songwriting, and percussion if presented in conjunction with a concert or school performance. School performances work best if scheduled in conjunction with a public performance.

“This Austin-based sextet has become one of the happening bands in a town where catching ears is no small feat. The del Castillo brothers, Rick and Mark, play Spanish guitars, which gives the group a distinctive string sound, underwritten by a heavyweight rhythm section. “Brotherhood” features songs in English and Spanish, and includes Willie Nelson on a tune he wrote, “I Never Cared for You.” Whether Del Castillo works in Spanish or English, it rocks righteously. The Spanish guitars’ flamenco vibe gives a dramatic flair, abetted by Alex Ruiz’s passionate vocals. They pull together Latin music’s romance and rock’s grit. The result is such blistering tracks as “Vida Latina” and “Arena Al Viento.”

— Philip Van Vleck, Billboard

“Del Castillo are a high-energy Chicano band from Austin that sings in Spanish, combining old-school Gitano with flailing nuevo flamenco flourishes and churning polyrhythmic percussion. Their secret weapons are brothers Rick and Mark Del Castillo, whose tumbling brilliance on nylon-string classical guitars features jaw-dropping dual leads. These eruptions of technique and taste conjure images of Eddie Van Halen fronting early Santana (with an assist from the Gipsy Kings).”

— Rolling Stone


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