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Rod Rodrigues


Rod Rodrigues
Tales Of A Changing Life, Part.1
Release: 20 May 2022

Venture into progressive realms with ROD RODRIGUES’ dynamic, guitar driven, instrumental offering. Tales Of A Changing Life, Part.1 is the most elaborate and melodic work to date from the Brazilian/Canadian guitarist and will soon be available on CD format.
 
With over thirty years’ experience ROD RODRIGUES infuses his guitar playing style with prog, metal, fusion and jazz. Tales Of A Changing Life, Part.1 is a conceptual record celebrating the changes in ROD’s life that have taken place over recent years. The opening narrative sound effects of “D257” is immersive, establishing the setting before soaring guitar leads, intricate melodies, jazz fuelled chords, and groove rhythms emerge. Non-standard time signatures and strong bass throw in a few hints of chaos expanding the mood of the track in different directions. Classical music and soundtracks also feed into ROD RODRIGUES’ work which can be heard through contrapuntal melodies, an array of instrumental tones and textures combine into a thrilling powerhouse of progressive music. “La Premiѐre Expérience” and “Changing Plans” reveal a darker side with heavier, distorted guitars and thundering bass, while retaining the intricate stylistic melody writing across other instrument parts. Authentic humanity is embodied throughout the music as the composition emulates raw emotion.
 
Tales Of A Changing Life, Part.1 is a personal odyssey which showcases ROD RODRIGUES’ musical flair and understanding of his instrument. Full of vigour and intensity, the EP brings to life a compelling narrative that resonates with our own lives.

Line-up: 
Rod Rodrigues – Guitar ( Toronto) 
Heitor Tenorio – Bass ( Lisbon – Portugal) 
Bruno Ladislau – Bass ( Sao Paulo – Brazil)
Ricardo Parronchi – Bass (Sao Paulo – Brazil)
Milo Andreo – Piano and Keyboards (Sao Paulo – Brazil) 
Orlan Charles – Piano and Keyboards ( Sao Paulo – Brazil)
Rodrigo Abelha – Drums ( Sao Paulo – Brazil)
Mike Mclaren – Drums (Burlington – Canada) 
 
Guests:
Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie, Premiata Forneria Marconi) – Italy : 2nd Guitar solo on Woodbine Sunset
Dalton Santos (Felipe Andreoli – Angra; Geoff Tate – Queensryche) – Brazil: 1st guitar solo on Physical Distancing
Renato Osorio (ex- Hibria; Atomic Elephant) – Brazil: 2nd Guitar Solo on Physical Distancing. 

Credits:
Mixed by Renato Osório, edited by Diego Pereira and Benhur Lima, and mastered by Tony Lindgren (JAMES LABRIE, MARTY FRIEDMAN, OPETH and others) at Fascination Studios in Sweden. 

Artwork by Gus Avancini 
Photos by Dexter Forbes 

Rod Rodrigues – Physical Distancing (feat. Dalton Santos and Renato Osorio)

Rod Rodrigues – Woodbine Sunset (feat. Marco Sfogli)

Rod Rodrigues links:
Band/Artist location – Toronto, Ontario
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