Tingstad & Rumbel at Charlotte’s Web

Tingstad & Rumbel at Charlotte’s Web


Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel will appear in select cities in support of their new release Acoustic Garden on Narada Records. They’ll be here at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at Memorial Hall.

The pair has a reputation spanning nearly 18 years as America’s leading guitar and woodwind duo. Well known throughout the country, Tingstad and Rumbel have consistently produced and recorded highly acclaimed acoustic music.

Their incomparable gift of music with the extraordinary sound of wood, reeds and string has blossomed into an elegant arrangement of graceful melodies. As warm and bright as a mid-summer day, the title cut is the first of 13 on an exquisitely crafted recording with titles and melodies that harken to places they’ve been such as “Drayton Hall” and “San Antonio.” Historic symbols such as “Empire Builder,” “Prairie Schooner” and “Shamrock” pay graceful reverence. Warm, delicate paeans “Talk of Angels,” “Deep In My Soul,” “Les Jurdins de Nohant” and “Windows on the World” reflect a refined ambience. The up tempo “Havana” and “Blue Martini” suggest warm, exotic evenings. “Clear Moon, Quiet Winds” is so peacefully moving, it hails deeply to the tradition of Chinese parents singing it to their children over many generations. Since the immediate success of their debut album, The Gift, in 1985, Tingstad and Rumbel have composed, recorded and produced 13 albums under the Narada banner. With half a million copies sold, The Gift has become a holiday classic. In 1998 their double disc classic American Acoustic was awarded Best Instrumental Album of the Year by NAV in 1998 and spent 10 weeks on the Billboard charts. In 1987, their collaboration with pianist and label mate, David Lauz on “Woodlands” became a genre classic. Another classic collaboration, In The Garden, raked in reviews from The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Sun-Times and The New York Times. Acoustic Garden is currently No. 19 on Billboard’s New Age charts and No. 5 on NAV radio charts.

Tingstad and Rumbel have performed more than 1,000 concerts in 30 states, from Carnegie Hall to meeting halls, from national parks to county parks. They have traipsed the country with concert hail instruments, making drop-dead gorgeous, classically-inspired music.

Acoustic Garden evokes the beauty of nature. The pair’s love of nature has underscored numerous charitable associations including Seed Saver’s Exchange, the Center for Plant Conservation and the National Gardening Association.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; Canterbury Books, Highcrest Center, 398-1454; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, Ill., 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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