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Rainshadow Sky

by Jeff Pearce

CD Baby EDITOR\'S PICK- beautiful and haunting, a collection of live instrumental recordings on the Chapman Stick, for listeners of Windham Hill and ECM.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rainshadow Sky
2:43 $0.99
2. Sorrow in Spring
2:45 $0.99
3. A Secret to Hide
5:05 $0.99
4. Autumn Clouds
3:20 $0.99
5. And We Prayed for Rain
2:39 $0.99
6. The Last Warm Day in October
4:27 $0.99
7. Night Path
4:29 $0.99
8. Through Tears
2:18 $0.99
9. Harvest Storms
6:38 $0.99
10. Ashes of Grace
4:28 $0.99
11. Deluge
6:03 $0.99
12. Hope's Last Whisper
3:44 $0.99
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Winner of the 2008 NAR Lifestyle Music Awards ( for ALBUM OF THE YEAR

CD BABY EDITOR'S PICK for new age/solo instrumental recording!

"Jeff Pearce is a consummate musician and composer whose years in recording and performing have distinguished him as a premier player of the Chapman Stick, a brilliant hybrid guitar-like instrument that few players have dared approach. Combining ambient chordal structure and melody simultaneously, Jeff's performances are simply captivating. As someone who's shared the stage with Jeff, I've repeatedly witnessed the enthusiastic audience reactions to his performances; a wonderful evening of contemporary composition."- Will Ackerman, Windham county, VT.

Based in Indiana, Jeff Pearce is well known to the ambient/new age music community for his unique approach to the guitar and Chapman Stick. Whether playing intimate acoustic music or crafting deep-space drifts, Jeff composes music which uniquely combines melody and mystery. His most recent project, "Rainshadow Sky", features solo Chapman Stick music recorded live in concert. Mixed and mastered by Corin Nelsen at Will Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studios, the music on "Rainshadow Sky" covers many aspects of Jeff's contemplative music.

Jeff is an active live performer, having played venues ranging from historic churches and concert halls to planetariums and dance clubs. His live performances are memorable events, mixing songs from his cd's with humorous storytelling and surprising musical improvisations.

With nine full length cd's to his name, Jeff's music has received many honors and much airplay since his first release in 1993. Jeff's music has been reviewed in Billboard, Downbeat, and Guitar Player, and music from his cd's has appeared in projects for Mercedes-Benz and Muzak. And Jeff's music can be heard worldwide on the "Music from the Hearts of Space" syndicated radio program, as well as many regional radio shows.



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Richard Gurtler

Highly relaxing ambient tunes performed by a truly gifted and inventive musician
"Rainshadow Sky", released in 2008, is 10th solo album of highly treasured ambient guitarist, based in West Point, Indiana, Jeff Pearce. Keeping on the path taken on his previous "Lingering Light" album, Jeff, who is known for his unique approach to the guitar, explores with his filigree playing Chapman Stick highly evocative, intimate and serene realms. A highly relaxed sonic experience is guaranteed!!! "Rainshadow Sky" consists of 12 rather shorter tracks clocking between 2 and 5 minutes, which were live recorded at house concerts in late 2007 and first half of 2008. Compositions are ranging in mood, from more joyful and euphoric pieces like "Rainshadow Sky", "Ashes Of Grace" or the most lively piece "Deluge" through emotionally driven like "Sorrow In Spring", "A Secret To Hide", "Autumn Clouds" and "Night Path" to gorgeously dreamy and serene arrangements like "And We Prayed For Rain", "The Last Warm Day In October", "Through Tears" and "Hope's Last Whisper". Among the highlights on this album is certainly also deeper droning "Harvest Storms" that recalls the darker drifting atmospheric era of Jeff's career. Yes, I must say the overall quality of each track is top notch, you won't hear on this album any fillers, so it's very difficult to point another standout pieces. But most likely I would go for the opening title track "Rainshadow Sky" that immediately sets the magically beautiful and intimate atmosphere with delicately balanced melody, melancholy and mystery. Highly expressive "A Secret To Hide", fragile "Night Path" and melodious "Deluge" get my votes too. Extra points are awarded also for astonishingly looking front cover image (art by Sandra Dittfeld). If you like highly relaxing ambient tunes performed by a truly gifted and inventive musician, "Rainshadow Sky" is highly recommended choice!!! And don't miss Jeff's (and his wife Anastasia's) newest activity, a project entitled "Provision Series", in which from July 2011 to July 2012 Jeff will release every month one mp3 single with donations to monthly chosen charity and local homeless shelter and food bank. Show your respect to this great musician and person!!!

Richard Gürtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)

michael potts

jeff pearce rainshadow sky
As a solo finger style guitarist, I apprecitate the precision of Jeff's playing. Although not technically difficult (not simple either) the quality and emotiveness of the compositions will have me seeking more of his work. Jeff creates an almost other worldly environment that allowed me to focus on the music or drift to other thoughts of peace and spirituality. Not bad for me, the existentialist that I am.

little river

String Theory
No wonder this album is so high on the charts. Those of us who know JP's music have come to enjoy his pensive melodies, and in Rainshadow Sky we are invited to follow yet another ripple of thought in the eddies of space music superconciousness. Love the ride. Thanks, Jeff!

Linda Watson

Rainshadow Sky
Thanks Jeff for the relaxing music. This is the first that Chuck and I have heard your music. We remember you playing guitar at the Fairfax Christian Church in your teenage years. We are enjoying your CD. We live in Indiana too. Do you have any concerts nearby, such as Bloomington?


Worth witing for the rains to come
Soothing and yet focused Chapman Stick guitar helps to bring tears to a line-up of parched songs. "The Last Warm Day in October" is the best of the set. One can almost feel the angst of a long dry summer in each note. "Harvest Storm" is the odd-one of the bunch - ambient and the Chapman Stick is but a mirage here. "Deluge" has a drumming beat to it signaling the rains have finally come - very effective. A quenching oasis of music far from the harshness of everyday.