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Of Sea & Stars

by Terra Guitarra

The eighth album from world fusion guitar duo Terra Guitarra. Float away on a global voyage of wind & wood across the sea & stars. A sparkling instrumental guitar journey of timeless melodies.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wave Walker
4:27 album only
2. Estrella
3:23 album only
3. Alegria
5:38 album only
4. Of Wind & Wood
4:34 album only
5. Of Sea & Stars
5:41 album only
6. Circadia
5:11 album only
7. Night River
5:05 album only
8. Viracocha
5:11 album only
9. The Veil
5:00 album only
10. Zorba's
3:12 album only
11. Whale Earth
4:54 album only
12. The Messenger
4:31 album only
13. Aurora
6:20 album only
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Album Notes
the voice of the landscape, vibrating its unique melodies from the mountains, prairies, lakes, rivers, cities forests and woods of the world. Ages old the earth reveals it's messages in it's songs.

The world music-neuvo flamenco-new age project Terra Guitarra, the landscape of guitar, began in 2008. The duo's debut CD Terra Guitarra burst onto the world music scene with it's inspired original guitar compositions singing of the sweeping natural settings of the planet, dancing in moonlit alleyways, and floating on great rivers' epic journeys.

Combined with the music is a visual art component created by Hecksel of “Guitar Landscapes”, glittering, stained glass-like, acrylic paintings where every element in the composition is a guitar and several variations on the theme of guitar based art. The two elements go hand in hand to illustrate the concept that the whole world is constantly vibrating, “singing” and the great joy in joining in harmony with it.

There is no denying the popularity of Terra Guitarra’s music, from the sales of their seven albums, their extensive tours, to international radio support and continually growing fan base.

In 2015 Terra Guitarra released their 6th album Firelight a sparkling instrumental journey of Spanish guitar and world music textures. Firelight is nominated ZMR "Best Instrumental Album - Acoustic 2015" was # 1 on OneWorldMusic UK radio Charts, #14 album overall on the ZMR World/Ambient/NewAge Charts (out of 2100 charted albums in 2015. Terra Guitarra's fourth album Dragonfly, charted at #4 on the monthly international Zone Music Reporter Top 100 airplay chart, was nominated ZMR “Best Acoustic Instrumental Album” for the 2013, as ZMR’s #27 album for the entire year.

Terra Guitarra is the internationally touring, award winning guitar duo of Bruce Hecksel and Julie Patchouli. Both are lifelong students of music and accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Bruce’s post graduate study of theology and symbolism, classical study in piano, guitar and composition coupled with Julie’s studies in ethnobotany, environmental studies and her instrumental range from trombone, upright bass, guitar, marimba and percussion allow them to explore, synthesize and contrast world musical styles with deft fluidity and a broad based spiritual undertone. Both studied intensively at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and have performed together over 3,500 times, and toured a million miles on the road supporting 20 CD releases in 20 years. Bruce and Julie have won songwriting awards, industry awards, performed on TV, Radio, in the US, Canada and Europe.
The debut Terra Guitarra ('08) album was followed by "Winter Solstice" offering instrumental guitar interpretations of traditional holiday music. The third album "The Mother Night" was released in 2010, "Dragonfly" following in 2012, their second Holiday album, "Auld Lang Syne" 2013 and their newest studio album "Firelight" in 2015. Terra Guitarra "Live at the Big River Theatre" was released from a historic theatre performance on September 26th 2015.

Of Sea & Stars is the duos 20th album recorded together Released January 2017.



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Helena Dee

The new Terra Guitarra album, OF SEA & STARS, is full of the sounds of Latin-style acoustic guitars with Bruce Hecksel playing amazing lead solos over the top of rock-solid rhythm guitarist Julie Patchouli (who both strums and finger-picks). On the album you also will occasionally hear Native American wood flute, bass, keyboards, hand-drums and percussion.

The new music is inspired by many cultures -- Spaniards (“Estrella”), Native Americans (the tunes “Night River” and “Of Wind & Wood”), Norse Vikings (“Wave Walker” was the name of one of their ships), Greeks (“Zorbas” is a cover version of the Zorba the Greek film theme), the Incas (“Viracocha”), French Acadian settlers in the Americas (“Circadia”), Portuguese (“Alegria”), and eskimos and Icelandic tribes (“Aurora”).

Terra Guitarra, which usually performs about 200 shows each year, is extremely-entertaining. Their music will please anyone who likes acoustic guitars, Latin-style playing, or a melodic instrumental world-fusion sound.

Steve Sheppard

Review by One World Music Radio
Terra Guitarra are back, and after spending 10 months on the charts with Firelight and reaching number one, I’m wondering if we’re going to see a repeat of that magnificent performance through the medium of their brand new album Of Sea and Stars.
If track one is anything to go by, it certainly looks that way, this fast paced opener is called Wave Walker and will most certainly get your feet tapping. Both Julie Patchouli and Bruce Hecksel skills are once more very evident here on this lively opener.
Of Sea and Stars has 13 magical pieces for us the always eager listener, to revel in, and on Estrella we see that is even more evident. However on this one we are gifted a really beautiful smooth and slow tempo to float within, the prowess on guitar here by the duo is both masterful and colourful and supremely listenable.
I’m lucky enough to live on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, so this style of music is really a genre that flourishes here, even I can be heard sitting on my veranda on a warm summer night, playing my acoustic guitar, and that very feeling of a warm summer night can be re-created right here on the offering Alegria. Bruce and Julie have manifested a really cultured sound on this composition that is both warm and sensual.
As we move to the piece Of Wind and Wood, we hear the unusual tones of a Native American flute drifting through the ambience, the influence of the flute creates another layer of a musical direction, but at all time retains the signature Terra Guitarra sound. This wise expansion of instrumentation is pleasure to hear and experience.
I adored the title track; I may even go as far to say it has been my favourite so far, it has a slight melancholy feel to its creation and with the added percussion creates a deeply moving composition. Of Sea and Stars draws a picture of a vast horizon of two oceans, one above in expanse of space and the water filled one below, I could imagine listening to this while on a sunset cruise. The subtle tones are rich and full, the melody is gentle, but steady, all in all this is one lush arrangement to enjoy.
The performance of both Patchouli and Hecksel has thus far been superb, and here on the track Circadia we see a continuance of that class. This has a more traditional methodology about its arrangement; it is a little slice of Latin magic. Here is a composition that I would love to listen to in my local taverna, whilst sipping another cup of coffee.
As we cross the boundary line and move into the second half of the release, we come across a really inventive piece that once more contains the flute, it’s called Night River. The guitars go further in creating a really atmospheric piece and one that seems, like the river, to wend its way around the many bends of musical mastery.
Of Sea and Stars has a real cultured feel to it, and one that as a guitarist myself, I absolutely love. Listen to the piece Viracocha and see what I mean, the style and performance is incredible. This could almost be a song given up to the god of Inca mythology. The performance on guitar here is so tight, its complexities are so well played, and a beautiful warm flow can be felt all the way through the track.
As we move deeper into this realm created by Terra Guitarra, we come across a slow but subtle and charming narrative in music called The Veil. We have a piece here that has a real deep feel to it and in some ways, we can almost see a slow, but aged dance taking place to the music, one filled with the mysteries of the past perhaps.
Now I must admit I did notice this track and It made me smile, living here in Cyprus I think I must hear this piece of music around a thousand times a year, as just about every bar, restaurant, boat trip and taverna has it playing endlessly, yes it’s the ever lively Zorba, but done in Terra Guitarra style, so the two guitars of Julie Patchouli and Bruce Hecksel build a song that has a much more subtle and smooth approach than the craziness seen on our boat trips, here and on the film of 1964, Zorba the Greek.
I have a passion for sea life, the turtles fill our lives with aquatic bliss here and occasionally dolphins, but here on Whale Earth, the duo bring into reality a composition that has a real sense of a steady movement within it and also paints us musically a picture of a wide oceanic expanse, with the spouting whales swimming peacefully to its horizon. There is a clever complexity about this one that charms me, the notes and chords do manifest a really friendly feel to the arrangement.
So let’s move to the penultimate piece from the release which is called The Messenger. The rhythm created here is sublime and allows the percussion and lead guitar to paint a wonderfully colourful and empowering musical offering. This is one of those tracks as a listener that you can’t help but fall in love with over and over again.
Well we have finally docked our musical ship, and we find ourselves at the end of the album, but before we disembark, our artistes wish to gift us one more song for us to take along on our way home, this one is called Aurora. I simply adored the performance on this piece; again, this one is so warm and all-encompassing, and ends what has been a truly memorable release, with some very nice finger picking, on a composition which is in fact the longest on the album, at well over 6 minutes.
Of Sea and Stars has once more set the bar even higher, it’s an album that is colourful, beautifully layered with some lush and warm textures, it’s a release that on a performance level is perfection, in all honesty I can see no reason why Terra Guitarra won’t have yet another huge number one album on their hands with this one. I don’t need to inspire you to buy this fantastically cultured release, I just know you will not be able to resist the temptation to do so; this is as good as it gets.