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Animals As Leaders' Javier Reyes Plays "Suspiro" on Eight-String Classical Guitar

Animals As Leaders guitarist Javier Reyes recently got together with Ortega Guitars to shoot four exclusive performance videos.

The first one, which you can watch below, shows Reyes playing an original classical-style piece called "Suspiro" on Ortega's JRSM-RWC Signature Series Javier Reyes eight-string nylon guitar.

"This song is named 'Suspiro,' which translates to the word sigh," Reyes says. "The mood of the song leaves [you] wanting to take deep breaths either out of suspense [or] relief."

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.