Guitarist • Composer • Improviser
“Almonte carefully breaks down emotions, avoiding flashy expressionism and focusing on the charm of melodic phrases and sophisticated harmonic solutions.”
Rodrigo Almonte is a Peruvian guitarist and composer based in Ireland. Playing and studying the guitar has brought him across the globe allowing him to nurture his musicality with the musical heritage of Peru, Brazil and New York.
Almonte has played extensively on the Peruvian and European jazz scene with his own different musical projects and as a sideman. His lyrical melodies, fresh chords and intricate rhythms are equally present and well-balanced on his solos and compositions. With his South American and contemporary jazz influences, Almonte's shimmering guitar evokes the music of Pat Metheny, Lage Lund and sometimes even Tal Farlow.
Born in Arequipa, Perú, Rodrigo Almonte started his musical studies from an early age immersing himself in Peruvian music and later influenced by blues, latin music and jazz. Rodrigo studied his bachelor degree in music in Brazil and Ireland, received his Cum Laude master degree in Jazz Performance while studying in The Netherlands and New York and recently has been awarded Dublin City University’s PhD research scholarship for his ongoing research in Andean Peruvian music.
“Almonte's shimmering guitar resembles the music of Pat Metheny, and sometimes even Tal Farlow.”
All About Jazz
RODRIGO ALMONTE quintet
“Rodrigo Almonte’s approach to music is a sublime distillation of musical genres and inspirations with various influences from around the world weaved within its rich basket of harmonies and melodies.”
- Jazz Views
Cohen Almonte duo
“With melodies that were memorable for their complexity but also their lyrical construction. There could hardly be anything more intimate than two guitars and they managed to draw the audience in with some magical moments” - Magy’s Farm (UK)
SOUNDS OF THE BLUE BOOK
"Rodrigo’s compositions capture the spirit of the people and their stories, as documented in Casement’s journal, The Blue Book, and express this story through myriad soundscapes that will sonically transport listeners to the Amazon forest."
- dlr Arts