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Twanguero's rockabilly mambo . Joe Kye with classical violin on a loop pedal

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Diego Garcia, known as Twanguero,  is considered as one of the best guitarists in Spain. Winner of the Latin Grammy he was named  " “fire-breathing guitar hero”  by the North American press. Twanguero  got his first guitar at age 6 and the rest is history. He accompanied greats such as Bunbury, Calamaro, El Cigala, Urrutia, among others and only launched his own solo career two years ago  His albums include PACHUCO and Argentina Songbook (Warner Music); he has toured Spain and the Americas , and was named a Gibson Guitar International Artist. PACHUCO, released in 2015 is a tight combination of  rhythm, percussion, seductive melodies, played with the unique touch of an old golden Gibson,  channeling Duane Eddy and pioneering Latino Twang Rockabilly Mambo.

Korean-born, Seattle-raised songwriter and violinist Joe Kye threads sonic paths from Korea to a reimagined America using classical violin, loop pedals and unique songwriting and vocals in his new album, Migrants. Kye’s family moved from Korea to the US when he was six, struggling with the economic and cultural challenges, but a strong music education program in the Seattle public schools and the violin gave Kye a space he could control. He experimented with songwriting on the guitar and with singing, inspired by everyone from Mel Torme to Stevie Wonder. The discovery of the loop pedal in college blew open his musical world, allowing him to blend violin, swirls of pizzicato arpeggios, and percussion with clever lyrics and vocals. He now collaborates with a range of other artists, including MC Jason Chu and MC Rasar, and NYC composer/percussionist William Catanzaro.