Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

There’s a sluggish burning depth to every little thing Hermanos Gutiérrez does, together with how the duo walked into our workplaces and noticed the Tiny Desk for the primary time. “Wow, there it’s…” Estevan stated quietly to his brother Alejandro.

Hermanos Gutiérrez’s origin story is as intricate because the guitar taking part in types of its two members. The brothers have roots in each Switzerland and Ecuador, and the time spent in these two very distinct cultures and geographies provides their sound a tempered European coolness, coupled with a heat, playful power. From the opening strains of “El Bueno Y El Malo” the brothers’ flip behind the Desk is the right introduction to their music for those who do not already know them — and a deal with for those who already do.

They weave intricate guitar strains over one another that intertwine to the purpose that for those who shut your eyes you may’t inform the place one begins and the opposite ends. With a slight contact of a digital loop pedal, Estevan even sneaks in a whole percussion part on bongo and cowbell on “Tres Hermanos.” When my Alt.Latino co-host Anamaria Sayre and I interviewed them on the podcast final yr, I discover that they converse very very similar to they play: their feedback intertwine and layer upon one another’s in the identical approach they play in unison and towards one another in songs like “Thunderbird” and “Pueblo Man.”


  • “El Bueno Y El Malo”
  • “Tres Hermanos”
  • “Thunderbird”
  • “Pueblo Man”


  • Alejandro Gutiérrez: guitar, lap metal
  • Estevan Gutiérrez: guitar, percussion


  • Producer: Bob Boilen
  • Director/Editor: Kara Body
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Sequence Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Videographers: Kara Body, Joshua Bryant, Maia Stern, Sofia Seidel
  • Audio Assistant: Brian Jarboe
  • Manufacturing Assistant: Jill Britton
  • Tiny Desk Crew: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


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