Tingstad & Rumbel bloom in Summer Series

Charlotte’s Web is happy to welcome back perennial favorites Tingstad & Rumbel to its Summer Series. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 26, in the Sinnissippi Park Music Shell.

Winners of the New Age Voice ’98 Acoustic Album of the Year, and now 2003 Grammy Award winners for their latest and greatest album, Acoustic Garden, Tingstad and Rumbel are back to share a delightful summer evening with you in Sinnissippi Park.

Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel call their music “American Acoustic—music of nature and grace,” and when you combine Eric’s creative classical guitar work with Nancy’s lilting oboe, ocarina and English horn, you get what is called “an uncommon musical experience.” When the last whisper of the note fades, you will know you have visited a place of deep heart and talented imagination.

Reviewers have noted something special about the pair’s latest achievement. Lou Carlozo of the Chicago Tribune said, “Call it music that grows on you: Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel’s ‘Acoustic Garden’ is perhaps the first compact disk that can give the listener a green thumb (just add water).” That’s right—if you take the cover sheet and soak it in water, the wildflower seeds embedded in the paper will start sprouting.

Long-time environmentalists and lovers of nature, these two artists have found a unique way to take their music to a new level. Also, on this new album, they’ve invited friends to sit in. Keyboardists Nick Moore, Jovino Santos Neto, Tom Kelloci, and former Narada labelmate pianist David Lanz join the ensemble on different tracks. Percussionists Mark Ivester and Ben Smith and bass player Garey Shelton join in on all tracks.

There’s quirky humor (“Blue Martini”), a melodic waltz (“Les Jardins do Nohant”—a tribute to Chopin), two Latin tunes, and “Windows to the World”—a remembrance of 9/11.

Soak up the creative spirit that flows from these two musicians, and plant your own garden. The show is free, so bring the whole family.

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