Rodriel & Gabrigo, The Insanitizers Duo, use both whimsy and precision to fuse rockabilly with flamenco into flamencobilly. This new genre carries all the energy, tension, mystery, and showiness of both, without the melancholy. The two performers use acoustic style guitars and ordinary drum-free levels of volume. The duo is based in the Portland, Oregon, metro area. Their initial performances were in the Summer 2012 downtown Vancouver "Art in the Heart" festival.
Rodriel (Conrad Swartz) has been entertaining audiences in the Portland area since 2010 as leader of the Insanitizers surf guitar quartet. His first guitar performances were at the New York World’s Fair with The Counts at the RCA, Tiparillo, and New Jersey pavilions. Early influences were Chet Atkins, the Ventures, and classical music. Alongside a research career Conrad started writing and recording guitar music in 2000. A half dozen recent compositions reprise classical music themes, and the others are as complex and accessible.
Gabrigo (Tom Robertson) is a recent transplant from Boston, where he performed with fellow engineers in the rock band The Algorhythms. Their appearances included the opening of The Russian School of Mathematics, and the Chick Singer Night benefit concert, as the token male "Are You Man Enough?" act. Tom’s long interest in guitar instrumentals brought him to the Insanitzers and into fusing flamenco with rockabilly.
Conrad started the Insanitizers surf guitar recording band in 2003 with Mike Martin on percussion. In 2010 he recruited Ralf Palin (bass), Don Wenke (percussion), and Michael Brock (guitar) into a performing quartet.
In December 2012 Conrad released "Whimsical Surf Version 2" with the Insanitizers, improving on a CD first reviewed as "Too much fun" by Reverbcentral, "Surf music in a frenzy" by Vancouver Voice, and "Sounds great" by Pipeline Instrumental Review. Version 2 received a "Cry of the Heart Award" and 5/5 rating from Cry of the Coyote CD Review magazine. SurfRockMusic.com wrote this CD is "guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face."
In February 2013 Conrad released the 20 song CD "Wild Surf Guitars" containing 3 recordings by the Flamencobilly Duo of Rodriel & Gabrigo, 16 energetic instrumental guitar adventures, and one comedy vocal "Waterboard Surfing Vocal."