It may not be a natural combo, but when violinist Javier Orman and guitarist Tom Farrell got together, it just worked.
"It was about two-and-a-half years ago that we first got together; we were music teachers in Santa Monica (Calif.)," said Orman, 29. "One day we got together and decided to start jamming and see what happened."
Duo del Sol performs at 8 p.m. Sunday at The Loft, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., Suite C. Tickets are $13 online, $15 at door; loftmusicvenue.com.
The group has no singer and depends on harmonizing between the two string instruments. Their influences range from Metallica to Johann Pachebel, with Latin music sprinkled in for good measure.
"We work really well together. Tommy can take the roll of drums, bass, guitar and I'm able to take over the voice and turn (it) into a lead guitar or trombone," Orman said. The instruments "complement each other really well."
As with most musicians, Duo del Sol's goal was to get their music out to the masses, but Orman figured that big labels don't really take risks. So D?o del Sol took to Kickstarter.com, whck looks to the public to fund creative projects. The band's goal was to raise $2,500 from Kickstarter in 45 days. The money would go to recording their first EP. By the final day they had raised $3,795.
By April 18, the duo had amassed 211 backers who donated nearly $20,000 toward the album, which was released Tuesday.
"What better way to produce then to get people involved?" Orman said. "The great thing is how people become a part of you and your project, a project that doesn't involve just us. We feel like we are not alone in this and that's great."