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MARE ET TERRA

REVIEWS

"Strong candidate for one of the best symphonic progressive rock recordings ever. Seriously!"
"Imagine the Flower Kings, Yes, and Santana collaborating to create the ultimate symphonic rock epic."
"In the wonderful world of independent and small label progressive music recordings, concept works are in constant bloom. To my ears, several are every bit as successful as Yes's 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' and Genesis's 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'.  Among recordings experienced recently, I would include Big Big Train's remake of 'English Boy Wonders' and Raimundo Rodulfo's flamenco-flavored 'Mare et Terra'."
"For now, I hear a Raimundo Rodulfo epic beckoning for an umpteenth listen."
Progression Magazine, USA
Mare et Terra Received a Perfect Rating of 16/16 at the 57th Issue of Progression Magazine

"A masterpiece"
"Orchestral music with male and female vocalists, classical instruments such as violins, cellos, flutes and clarinets, centering on his guitar that shows from sweet phrases to superior excellence playing."
"A fantastic artistic impression that does not cease to overwhelm you with its multi-colored diversity."
Gardenshed, Japan

"An imposing work"
"The artist was able to push his art to great heights of control and beauty, leading to the quintessence of the meeting of electricity and acoustic orchestrations (flute, violin, clarinet, cello, voice...)."
"This suite (Náufrago) is the symbol of a know-how and a typically South American musical fluidity."
"A mastery in song and beautiful Symphonic acceleration"
"Mare et Terra leaves paths beaten because of its variety that allows us to appreciate all musical universes at the same time, including Flamenco, South American, Symphonic Rock, Jazz Rock, Prog, Classical Prog, and sometimes even rock. All these universes prove the width of the pallet of compositions of a guitarist who sees far, and offers us an opus with a great quality in which 'variety' remains the key word."
Harmonie Magazine, France

"Mare et Terra is a gem"
"What marks this out as outstanding music is the high standard of musicianship and the joy in the music making, together with melodic writing of the highest calibre and a similar high standard for the rhythmic element. The arrangements are rich and diverse: I cannot recall hearing so many different instruments/sounds – both traditional and modern - on one album..."
"Astonishingly, the fusions do not jar; they work together: there are few composers able to bring this off successfully."
"It is music that you can both concentrate on and relax to, depending on your mood and sounds far better than I can express it in words. If you enjoy this type of eclectic style-mix from first-rate musicians then you may well love this."
Sea of Tranquility, USA

"It is not everyone who begins a work with a 36 minutes suite ('Náufrago') of which the first six sound in substance with the virtuoso guitar legacy of the Flamenco world worthy of the best Paco De Lucia. 'Náufrago' is a suite that will be surely introduced among the best things that the South American progressive rock has produced in these last times (and not only)."
"'Mare et Terra' produces a mature work, beautiful, with memorable passages..."
"Beyond being one among the more beautiful discs that 2009 gave us, this work, logically for the undersigned, could easily be put amongst the examples of how the progressive rock in its more canonical form has still something to say even when all around you tells you the opposite."
"Author of a great work such as "Mare et Terra", which shows everything that is good in both his guitar and compositional technique, Raimundo is one of those musicians that should be known outside the small niche of fans that listens to innovations in the progressive field."
"RAIMUNDO Rodulfo - 'Mare et Terra' proves that you can do symphonic progressive rock and still have something to say without being necessarily limited to the covers."
"I consider the suite 'Náufrago' the best thing coming out recently from South America where the Camelian and Olfieldian atmospheres join those of the Iberian 'Triana'"
Arlequins, Italy
Mare et Terra was featured in Arlequins' "Best of 2009" list

"A sumptuous slice of old-school, proudly Latin-flavoured progressive rock, “Mare Et Terra” will surely delight lovers of vintage symphonic prog, as well as those who appreciate ethnic influences in their music. Definitely one of the most accomplished albums of 2009, even if a tad overlong and not likely to appeal to fans of minimalism."
"Raimundo Rodulfo is one of those musicians who proudly sports his origins in his musical output. 'Mare Et Terra' is a prog album as only a South American musician could have produced: extremely ambitious, both in concept and length, but never convoluted or overblown, and drenched in melody. Moreover, unlike so many albums released in recent years, it is a disc brimming with the simple joy of making music."
"The penchant for authentically symphonic, almost orchestral textures is there, as witnessed by the impressive array of guest musicians supplementing Rodulfo’s equally impressive skills."
"A real tour de force, and a successful one – almost against all odds
"
"On the whole, 'Mare Et Terra' is a very solid, finely-crafted album"
Prog
ressor, Uzbekistan

"A perfect combination of symphonic prog with a distinctive South American flavor with plenty of jazz passages and scattered folksy intrusions. It is experimental and exotic while keeping a good ear-friendliness"
"There seems to be no boundaries to hold the creativity that the artist tries to implement, and so the album flows freely, wondering through conscientious styles while mixing them in a sonic shaker"
"Overall this is a worthy album. It is very well played and it is original, which is something that is rarely found these days. And Mare et Terre is destined to finally give this artist the recognition that he deserves."
ProgGnosis / SilverDB
, USA

"If you are up to a varied, very tastefully arranged guitar driven album with a nice 'vintage keyboard flavor', this one is yours!"
"Listening to this new (third solo) album entitled Mare Et Terra (2008), again I am impressed by his virtuosity on all guitars and again I notice strong hints of Steve Howe (and Yes)."
Progwalhalla
,  Holland

"The latest release in the career of a musician with great critical acclaim."
"Unbelievably complex work on the guitar and flutes abound."
"Can you really dance to prog…well you can to this!"
"I do love the epics and this guy knows how to build a song and fill it with the sounds of the ocean and every wonderful instrument from this Earth!"
"Very inspired work! How do you top this!"
"The guitar work is wonderful throughout."
"Racing guitars that remind me of some of Jimmy Page’s solo material"
"This is just completely different than anything I have heard. Yes there are elements of Santana and many other prog heroes, but never together in the same way. The Latin influence adds variety to a genre that desperately needs variety."
"I will be playing it often, now that I have discovered it... Very good and original. Music that experiments and always varies throughout."
Prog
Naut, USA

"Raimundo Rodulfo is one of the well-guarded insider tips in the Prog scene."
"His highly melodic playing, mostly on the acoustic guitar, but sometimes just changing to the electric version, is virtuosic, very fluently and by no means created limited to showmanship. Furthermore, mood and tempo changes make for a significant degree of variety and playful vitality."
"Despite the very spacious structure of pieces you do not get bored, because in addition to folk music and symphonic works are also plenty of rocking and progressive moments in South American flair, that come along very loose and lively."
"'Mare et Terra' is an album full of vitality, with a lot of harmonic moments. Give therefore a chance to this pleasant artist from South America, and listen to representative audio clips on its website for a proper impression of this very attractive album."
Progressive Newsletter, Germany

"A really wonderful Spanish flavored symphonic CD with beautiful arrangements, killer guitar (Spanish and Electric), flute, strings, keys (piano, mellotron and Moog) and some lovely Spanish and English vocals"
"This guy is an incredible talent and I would highly recommend to any fans of Spanish prog or symphonic prog in general."
"The production quality is very good."
Progressive Ears, USA

"An album with many surprises"
"The conversations between the guitars and the acoustic instruments, flute, piano, violin, trumpet and saxophones, enhance the charm of this semi-exotic, semi-canonical prog rock, in the 'Colossus Project' sense of the word!"
Progressia, France

"This is a high level great masterpiece!"
"A group with flute and other instruments with a sound like Hackett/Genesis and Yes, with some vocals combined with Latin colors in a dynamic and dramatic development"
World Disque, Japan

"An imposing 77-minute rock symphony of great sophistication."
"Think of this as Rodulfo’s Tales from Topographic Oceans, but distinguished by the inclusion of Spanish/Latin American, classical, and jazz-rock colors."
"Impressive.">
Kinesis, USA

"For the lovers of old and new symphonic prog I allow myself to recommend the last album, that according to me is very beautiful, of this Venezuelan guitarist. Surely one of the most beautiful of the entire South American progressive rock scene (and not only current)."
Video HiFi. Italy

"More ambitious than his previous efforts."
The Beating Planet, Venezuela

"A very beautiful varied music... I hear it again and again! I hope you'll enjoy it. I have not much doubt about that..."
AmarokProg Forum, France

"We become fascinated with the elegance of its sounds territory, in a way similar to PFM"
"Exquisite classical Symphony"
Tosei Midorikawa, Japan

"An excellent feature of progressive rock laden with psychotropic references, awash in lush Latin landscapes, orchestras, folk, criollismos, Caribbean music, blues ... ahh! Let me see if I can paint a better picture. Add up the following: Simon Diaz, Frank Zappa, Yes (Tales from Topographic Oceans in particular), Tom Jobim (specifically, the balance between his albums Tide and Wave), the unheralded coolness of Colombia's psych-folk outfit Génesis, Dizzy Gillespie, Procol Harum, and Blues for Salvador-era Carlos Santana."
"Rodulfo has surrounded himself with a very energetic and adept cast of musicians that understand his vision with unparalleled clarity, and there's so much going on in this album, it's almost exhausting. Time for a drink. But I'd love to see this guy jam out live."
Miami New Times, USA

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Comparable to Steve Hackett, Steve Howe, Anthony Phillips - with South American attitude"
"Certainly highly recommended. It's worth it!"
Babyblaue, Germany

"What a great album has released Rodulfo!"
"Among the most beautiful symphonic releases of recent times."
"A great album!!!"
"With respect to his previous works, the symphonic component is increased."
"The work of the guitar is spectacular, but besides that, the technical aspect (that is very high) of the entire work is actually really remarkable."
"From what one can listen to on his myspace, the album seems marvellous..."
Arlequins Forum, Italy

"An extremely ambitious project with lots of instruments, a progressive & neo-progressive/neo-symphonic piece stuffed with well arranged to semi-improvised band arrangements"
PsycheMusic.org - Belgium

"The stylistic and emotional variety of the composition is enormous and certainly will not be fully understood in one only listening."
"An illustrious masterpiece whose best features are first the acoustic, highly virtuosic guitar parts, that frequently returns in many ravishing solos and complex symphonic band arrangements"
"Virtuoso guitar playing, acoustic folk and typical electric rock, technically excellent"
"This kind of wacky slanted blissful harmony can probably come only from South American climes"
"It bwitches the amazing concise and fast guitar playing that flits a technically stunning band"
"Mad Album. Tons of melodic material, countless ideas, coherent, plausible, and in particular sonic aesthetic beauty of enormous speed. In all, heavenly playful, accurate, precise uneven-ness"
Ragazzi, Germany

"A marvellous expanse in the polyhedral musical universe of the Venezuelan/American guitarist"
"'Mare et Terra' is another marvellous work of Raimundo Rodulfo, of large appeal, with not hypertrophic but nither simplistic arrangements. The little 'Rodulfo orchestra' has come to the center again"
MovimentiProg, Italy

"This excelsius Venezuelan guitarist and composer delivers an album with fascinating sonorities with the density he got us used to. Extended compositions that resemble dream-like episodes, with diverse textures and casual phrases loaded with emotivity that flirts with jazz and classical music."
"The phrases from Raimundo's virtuosic performance are an ideal vehicle that interconnects one idea with another."
La Dosis Magazine, Venezuela


"This is an wonderful masterpiece that is unique in its content, shows elegant classical sounds in all its extension, with Latin / Folk dark melodies with originality and good taste gracefully present at the end of each arrangement."
Euclid
, Japan

"The work of the group is impressive."
"The guy has more than the talent: everything is under control to the extreme"
"This work should appeal to many, given the number of genres covered. Discover"
KOID9 Magazine, France


"The classical guitar, often performed solo at many breaks often have accents of Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo and even, suggesting the classical training of its author. But very quickly, breaks the electric guitar and the tone is progressive, so take notes of Mike Oldfield, Steve Hackett and Carlos Santana (ha! of course, always the Hispanic side...)"
"These compositions provide a fresh breeze from the south or southwest rather which is a pleasure to hear."
Prog-résiste Magazine,
Belgium

"Raimundo Rodulfo is one of the great, (relatively) young guitar heroes in the Latin American progressive rock. He has a style that makes it tempting to compare him with the dimensions of Steve Howe and Steve Hackett, but at the same time his music has a very distinctive Latin American style."
"It is complex and requires some listenings through, but it is also exciting and intense in its mixture of acoustic and electric instruments, and traditional prog rock with southern music."
"North/South central theme: melodic jazz, reggae and Latin American traditional music meet the Americanized progressive rock, and the result are strikingly fresh and exhilarated"
"Raimundo Rodulfo lives in Miami now, but he still represents some of the best that South American prog has to offer.
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Tarkus Magazine, Norway


"A very beautiful song. Some elements of Folk, with a great melody after all! And put the name of a solo guitarist, and amazing people involved!"
Tommy's Blog, Japan

"It really sucks you into your stereo set"
"Raimundo is a very good guitar player"
"This album can be enjoyed with full attention or just as background music while holding a cold beverage by the side of the pool. Although I think mainstream music lovers will find this album too difficult, it is prog after all."
DPRP, Holland

"Great new album!"
SynPhonic
, USA

"An impeccable symphonic rock composition"
"Moody fusion of exotic colors, from pure symphonic, to light Latin colors where percussion participates, which let you listen without hesitation its 35-minute opening suite of this brilliant professional progrock work from South America."
"Recommended."
Kakehashi Records
, Japan

"Even when this album is considerably technical, it is not excessive, and after listening to the expertise of its music constructions it exceeds with, it probably is deeply one of the best kept secrets of South America."
"This is a work with high level density."
"This is a luxurious album!"
"There is no way of getting tired of this album."
"Fans of all kind of symphonic rock and jazz rock will regret if they don't buy this album!"
"The sound quality is also good. In our high-quality audio system it sounds so good!"
Kakehashi Records Forum
, Japan

"The artist has managed to push his art to great heights of beauty and control, leading to the quintessence meeting of electrical and acoustic orchestrations..."
"An impressive work"
"Not discovering this little symphonic jewel is a true crime of lese-majesty!"
Musea Records, France

"75 minutes of a fantastic symphonic and neo-classic rock, melodious and adventurous"
"This colourful and enthusiast music, constantly inspired and lively, is at the top of the symphonic nowadays production."
Artist Shop
, USA

"A brilliant symphonic music, made of long and complex musical compositions, mixing progressive and latin influences."
Clear Spot, The Netherlands

"A style that takes both the touch of a Mike Oldfield and the romanticism of Camel, also incorporates jazz and rock with classical influences. Acoustic orchestrations (flute, violin, clarinet, cello, sax, vocal variety) and soaring electric coexist with the greatest happiness in 4 long pieces (36, 9, 11 and 20 minutes) instrumentals that make this Mare et Terra a real success!"
Cosmos Music, France

"'Mare' is undoubtedly the most successful. It includes all the warmth of the Latin South America... Here, the author never wanted to confine his music in the restricted field of only a guitarist wanting to spread his knowledge and technique. Acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, wind instruments, vocals and percussion mix with art, the creation of a complex and ambitious, always balanced, well constructed and clear. Raimundo Rodulfo managed to create a Progressive flamboyant, never bastard typically South American. Work close to perfection!"
Music in Belgium, Belgium


"'Mare et Terra' is a masterpiece album of a beautiful melodic progressive and symphonic rock of RAIMUNDO RODULFO from South America (Venezuela)."
"Thrilling guitar work"
"It is absolutely recommended for all the fans of beautiful melodic progressive and symphonic rock"
Yahoo Auctions, Japan

"As good or better than the previous two CDs! Progressive symphonic!"
Rock Symphony, Brasil

"In addition to the sound of the Melotron, this album comes with a classical orchestra, some times a reggae rhythm, fast playing mediterranean guitar in the style of Paco de Lucia, all made with cohesiveness and diversity in this work which comes with a standard impression and nearly 80 minutes to be fully enjoyed."
"Epic beyond scales, with brass and strings ensembles. You will be amazed with the Flamenco and orchestral symphonic development of this masterpiece."
"Very talented people!"

Yahoo Forum
, Japan

"Amazing guitar work (both electric and acoustic)"
"Everything a prog listener could possibly want!"
"I cannot recommend it highly enough"
MickPortnoy.com Forum, USA

"A large finished gorgeous Classical/Symphonic Rock masterpiece that makes the best use of the music background in which real Classic is mastered without reserve with 12 backing musician..."
"This is a gem where you can enjoy the beauty and originality of its own content"
"Excellent arrangements of flowing elegant classic guitar that gracefully sprinkles the melody."
DiskUnion, Japan


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New Album "Mare et Terra" Released in December 2008
My new album "Mare et Terra" was finished in August 2008 and was released by Musea Records in December of this year.
The work is divided in two main sections as the title implies.  Each section, Mare and Terra, contains two songs. 
I have been fortunate to have on this album the participation of a group of extraordinary guest musicians, graphic artists, engineers, and various other collaborators.  These are the song list and some credits of this production:

RAIMUNDO RODULFO
Mare et Terra

MARE

1. Náufrago   (36:34)
2. Libertad   (9:01)

TERRA

3. Blue   (11:30)
4-5. Thoughts   (19:45)

Raimundo Rodulfo: acoustic guitars (classic, spanish, steel strings), electric guitars, bass, and mandolin. Some additional organ, synthetizer, percussion, and vocals.

Guest Musicians:

Carlos Plaza: keyboards (1, 2)
Richard Marichal: keyboards, minimoog (3, 4, 5)

Gerardo Ubieda: drums
Yoel del Sol: percussion

Cristo Aguado: vocals (1)
Minerva Borjas Owen: vocals (1)
Pedro Castillo: vocals (2, 4)

Anna Ventura: violin
Mariana Carreras: violin
Konstantin Litvinenko: cello

Franklin Diaz: flutes (concert, tenor, piccolo), saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor), clarinet
Osvaldo Fleites: trompets, flugelhorn


All songs composed by Raimundo Rodulfo

Group and orchestral arrangements by Raimundo Rodulfo
Keyboard arrangements by Carlos Plaza (1, 2), Richard Marichal (3-5) and Raimundo Rodulfo
Vocal arrangements by Raimundo Rodulfo, Pedro Castillo (2, 4), Cristo Aguado (1) and Minerva Borjas (1)

Produced by Raimundo Rodulfo

Recorded by Raimundo Rodulfo at his studio, Miami, USA, 2004-08, except:
Gerardo Ubieda on tracks 2 to 5 recorded by Tony Sinatra at Avacom Studios, Miami, USA, 2008
Pedro Castillo recorded at his studio, Weston, USA, 2008
Carlos Plaza recorded at his studio, Madrid, Spain, 2005-07
Richard Marichal recorded at his studio, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, 2007-08

Mixed by Raimundo Rodulfo at his studio, Miami, USA, 2008
Mastered by Boris Milan at Boris Milan Studios, Weston, USA, 2008

Paintings: Peter Rodulfo
Photos: Huba Rostonics
Graphic design: Davide Guidoni


Raimundo at his studio in Miami Carlos Plaza Richard Marichal Gerardo Ubieda recording at Raimundo's studio Gerardo and Raimundo at Raimundo's studio
Yoel del Sol Cristo Aguado Minerva Borjas Pedro Castillo
L to R: Konstantin Litvinenko, Anna Ventura and Mariana Carreras Franklin Diaz at Raimundo's studio Franklin's instruments (flutes, saxes and clarinet) at Raimundo Studio Osvaldo Fleites



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