Unparalleled auditory adventures Ciro Hurtado – Luna

Unparalleled auditory adventures Ciro Hurtado

Unparalleled auditory adventures Ciro Hurtado – LUNA:  I’m not sure why it’s turned out this way, but my last review for guitarist Ciro’s wonderful music was for his  Selva album… suffice it to say that it’s truly pleasant to hear the unparalleled auditory adventures he has created on this exciting new release… “Luna” isn’t due out until 12 August, 2021, but I (most strongly) suggest you get acquainted with Ciro’s wonderful style by watching a trailer from the new album…

I’m sure you enjoyed that little clip as much as I did, and if you want to watch more of Ciro’s intriguing performances, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Ciro Hurtado YouTube channel!

Though Ciro’s music is often classified as “New Age”, it goes much deeper than that… as I listen to the lively “Andean Celtic” (samples will be added when I’m told the album has gone live), I can feel a cultural blend that no current artist is able to achieve… the liner notes for this new album highlight his music as a “global-fusion” blend, a perfect description for this song… I predict this song will be getting HUGE airplay across the globe!

The beautiful vocal on “Luna Llena” (Full Moon), combined with the gently floating background organ, provide a powerful emotional experience that only the best players can provide – Ciro’s guitar solo at the 3:20 mark is absolutely stunning… a superbly crafted and most enjoyable song that will have you coming back often.

“Camino” is the opener, and at first I thought Ciro was playing a  guitar… it turns out it was a Ronroco, which is deeper in tone, and rather than use an armadillo shell, the acoustic back is carved out of wood. The Ronroco was made famous by Gustavo Santaolalla, in the sound track he did for Motorcycle Diaries – I fell in love with the instrument as I  listened to this tantalizing tune over and over (and OVER) again…  I recommend (as always) that you listen with your headphones on, at least for the first sitting, so you can catch every nuance of Ciro’s intricate playing!

It was the shimmering flute on the lead-in to “Amanecer” (Dawn) that made it my choice for personal favorite of the nine songs offered up… the pacing is just perfect, and Ciro weaves in solo guitar with lovely strings in a way that you’ve never experienced before… absolutely lovely.

I give Ciro and his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this very memorable album.  Get more information on Ciro’s website as it becomes available.                  Rotcod Zzaj

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