Tingstad & Rumbel return Dec. 3

Grammy-winning duo to perform at Mendelssohn PAC

Always a favorite with audiences, Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel return to Charlotte’s Web this weekend. Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m., they’ll be at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St.

Their reputation spans more than 20 years as America’s leading guitar and woodwind duo. Winners of the New Age Voice ’98 Acoustic Album of the Year, and 2003 Grammy Award winners for their album Acoustic Garden, they’ve become well known around the country. 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.

This year’s concert features music from two new recordings: Comfort & Joy, a seasonal offering; and A Moment’s Peace, featuring seven new original works plus other arrangements.

Performing on oboe, double ocarina and English horn, Nancy Rumbel draws from her years of classical training, her studies of ethnomusicology and five years of touring and recording with the Paul Winter Concert.

While working at Northwestern’s musical library, she was intrigued by ethnomusicology. She met Eric Tingstad at an outdoor festival in Oregon in 1984. A year later, when Nancy and her family moved to the Seattle area, she and Eric began a collaboration that culminated in their first album together, The Gift.

Her partner, Eric, whose background was progressive rock until he fell in love with classical guitar techniques, utilizes the Segovian tradition combined with his creative finger-style picking and acoustic amplification to highlight the duo’s original songs.

Both share an interest in historic preservation, and their music reflects the importance they place on natural and architectural treasures. They have performed in the meadows of Yosemite, a tiny candlelit chapel on Orcas Island, Town Hall in New York, and nature centers and restored theaters coast to coast.

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. Long-time environmentalists and lovers of nature, these two artists have found a unique way to take their music to a new level. Reviewer 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.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

From the Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2005, issue

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