Strunz & Farah

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Strunz & Farah
Origin Costa Rica and Iran
Genres Flamenco, World Fusion
Instruments Classical guitar
Years active 1979–present
Labels Selva Records, Milestone, Audioquest

Strunz & Farah is a guitar duo with an eclectic sound that have been described as a cross between world fusion and flamenco.[1]


Jorge Strunz, born in Costa Rica, and Ardeshir Farah, hailing from Iran, met in the United States in 1979. Jorge Strunz was one of the founders of the Latin jazz band Caldera. Caldera was a Latin band that combined jazz, funk and rock with a wide variety of Latin music, influenced by 1970s fusion explorers like Return to Forever and Weather Report. The four albums Caldera produced (none of which have been reissued on CD) did not sell, and the band called it quits in 1979.

Having both played guitar professionally since their early teens, Strunz and Iranian guitarist Ardeshir Farah soon teamed up and released their self-produced first album Mosaico in 1980, which started their own label, Selva Records. Soon they caught the attention of Richard Bock, an important figure in jazz radio, who helped the duo land a contract with jazz label Milestone.

Since then Strunz & Farah have played on numerous recordings together, releasing several albums as a duo and collaborating with the likes of Rubén Blades and L. Subramaniam.

The duo also worked with Sting on the album The Living Sea: Soundtrack from the IMAX Film as session musicians.


  • Mosaico (1982)
  • Frontera (1984)
  • Guitarras (1985)
  • Misterio (1989, Sledgehammer Blues[2])
  • Primal Magic (1990)
  • Americas (1992) Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album of the Year
  • Heat Of The Sun (1995)
  • Live (1997)
  • Wild Muse (1998)
  • The Best Of: (2000)
  • Stringweave (2001)
  • In Performance (2003); DVD
  • Rio de Colores (2003)
  • Zona Torrida (2004)
  • Desert Guitars (2005)
  • Jungle Guitars (2006)
  • Fantaseo (2006)
  • Journey Around The Sun (2011)
  • Moods and Visions (2014)

Jorge Strunz[edit]

  • Neotropical Nocturnes (2010)

As featured artists[edit]

Other Compilation Appearances[edit]

  • Guitar Music For Small Rooms (1997) (WEA)
  • Gypsy Passion: New Flamenco (1997) (Narada)
  • Gypsy Fire (2000) (Narada)
  • Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco, Volume 1 (2000) (Baja Records)
  • The World Of The Spanish Guitar Vol. 1 (2011) (Higher Octave Music)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic history
  2. ^ "Misterio". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 

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