Tingstad and Rumbel

St. Clair Productions will present the Grammy award-winning guitar and woodwind duo Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel. The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.

Tingstad and Rumbel perform American finger-style guitar and woodwinds inspired by music from America, Asia, the British Isles and Spain.

Rumbel is one of the few performers in the world on double ocarina, oboe and English horn.

Tingstad and Rumbel have performed, recorded and toured together for over 22 years with 19 albums to their credit. A chance meeting at an outdoor festival in 1984 began their collaboration. Their first recording was the holiday album called "The Gift" on the Narada label. A perennial favorite, it has sold over 400,000 copies. Tingstad and Rumbel continue to release their music on the Narada label. Pastorale released in 1997 debuted at number one on the New Age Voice radio. "American Acoustic," released in 1998, spent 10 weeks on various Billboard charts and was cited by NAV as the Best Instrumental Album of the Year.

"Acoustic Garden," released in 2002, spent weeks on the NAV and Billboard charts. In 2003, it won a Grammy for Best New Age Album. With wildflower seeds embedded into a limited-edition CD cover, it was the first ever CD sleeve to be designed as a renewable resource.

The San Antonio Express-News calls the duo's music captivating, organic music that transcends categories and stokes imaginations.

Tingstad studied classical guitar with third-generation Segovian masters at Western Washington University. In addition, he studied jazz fusion and performed in several rock bands in the Seattle area. In the late 70s, he began performing solo in coffeehouses, restaurants and other intimate venues and released two New Age guitar recordings.

Tingstad has recently released a solo CD, "Southwest," with Rumbel among the many guest artists. According to John Diliberto, host of Echos, "Southwest was definitely the right direction for Eric Tingstad to turn in discovering a new musical path ... (he) has taken a country sound, touched it with his chamber music aesthetic and added just enough trail dust to make it earthy and real." Rumbel began her career as a classically trained oboist and studied ethnomusicology at Northwest University. She dropped out of school her junior year and soon was touring with the Paul Winter Consort. Four years later, she retired to start a family. She is one of the few performers in the world on double ocarina, oboe and English horn.

Tingstad and Rumbel were drawn together by a shared interest in applying their instruments outside their traditional settings, integrating ethnic, jazz, rock, and other contemporary influences into their classical backgrounds. Their neo-classical instrumentals mixed with a warm folk treatment has been called "Northwestern Impressionism." "With exceptional artistic precision, Tingstad and Rumbel's music is delivered in a warm style that speaks to the heart. Nancy Rumbel's oboe and ocarinas sing harmoniously with Eric Tingstad's guitar. Their superb musicianship, spiced with down-to-earth humor and a playful spirit, make them seem like every audience member's best friends who just happen to be terrific musicians." University of Wisconsin's Communique Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, and $10 for youth 12-17. Children under 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, Ashland; on-line at ; or by calling 535-3562.

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