Hermanos Gutiérrez: “It always starts as an individual trip for us. Most of it is non-communicative; it just happens”

Hermanos Gutiérrez
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The brothers behind instrumental guitar duo Hermanos Gutiérrez, Alejandro and Estevan Gutiérrez, never set out to make music together. But their collaboration was destined to happen. 

Growing up in Switzerland, Alejandro began playing nylon-string guitar around age 10, learning the fingerstyle associated with the Argentinian folk music, milonga, and salsa he loved. Estevan didn’t pick up the instrument until years later, while Alejandro was away in Ecuador. They never played together until one night, when Estevan invited his brother to visit.

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Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez has written about music for Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Guitar World, Guitar Player and many other publications. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a multimedia documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and previously spent a decade in the musical instruments industry.