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Spirit Wheel

by Terra Guitarra

Relax, Reflect, Daydream. Terra Guitarra Chill-Out album of acoustic guitars with airy electronic beats and wind born native flutes.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Autumns Breath
4:57 album only
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2. Ambrosia
6:43 album only
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3. Daydream
5:44 album only
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4. Spirit Wheel
6:06 album only
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5. Lemuria
7:04 album only
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6. Palamino
5:50 album only
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7. Cloud Caravan
6:18 album only
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8. Mountain Lake
6:15 album only
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9. Oriel
6:47 album only
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10. Zephyr
8:05 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Terra Guitarra, the landscape of guitar, the music of the earth.

Zone Music Reporter calls Terra Guitarra “one of the top nuevo-flamenco groups in the world”, with two #1 and three top 5 internationally charting albums and multiple “Album of the Year” nominations. Their sound, depth and virtuosity is described as “Simon and Garfunkel meets the Gipsy Kings” and “taking a yoga class in a field of running mustangs."

Terra Guitarra is the duo of master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Julie Patchouli. Their soulful fusion of blazing Spanish and world guitar rhythms, sparkling melodies and spine tingling harmonies are infused with a visible onstage chemistry. An extraordinary bond is immediately apparent as two guitars merge into one acoustic wall of sound and their innovative, percussive flat-picking and hybrid fingerstyle techniques leave even astute listeners wondering where the drummer is. “How you get two guitars to sound like a 10 piece band is amazing!”- reviewer RJ Lannen.

Their album, Dragonfly, was #4 on Zone Music Reporter Top 100 radio chart, and was nominated ZMR Awards “Best Acoustic Instrumental Album” in 2014.

In 2015, Terra Guitarra’s album Firelight went #1 on One World Music UK Charts and #5 on the ZMR charts. The duo’s 2017 release Of Sea & Stars debuted at #2 on the ZMR charts was #1 on OneWorldMusicRadio UK charts and Phase Radio Australia charts.

There is no denying the popularity of Terra Guitarra’s music, not only from the worldwide sales of their six albums, but also because they perform more than 200 shows each year. Touring gives the duo the opportunity to try their new music out on an audience. These performances also allow the duo to change, expand or improvise new sections of their older repertoire to keep it fresh for the public. “Performing is a major part of our music which takes on characteristics of where we are and the flavor of the audience,” explains Julie.

Terra Guitarra is the voice of the lands they’ve traveled, the voice of the countryside in spring, the city in summer, the moonlit alleyways. “Usually the melodies first come to me when I am outside experiencing nature,” says Hecksel. “We travel constantly and we find each place has its own musical feeling. Our music celebrates the landscape and the people there. The melodies are reflective of the earth’s energy and vibrations.”

Travel the worlds landscapes of guitar with Terra Guitarra’s intricate classical Spanish and jazz guitar with pan European and Latin rhythms creating a passionate and energetic global music experience.

Terra Guitarra released a brand new album “Spirit Wheel” at the beginning of 2018. It is a chill out groove record showcasing Terra Guitarra’s signature guitar sounds with mellow grooves, airy electronic beats and wind born native flutes. The album was instantly popular on Jazz and Chill-out radio programs around the world.



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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
One of the most successful duos in the new age and acoustic guitar genre are back with another sparkling new release, non-other of course than Terra Guitarra. The latest Bruce Hecksel and Julie Patchouli creation is entitled Spirit Wheel and it is this wondrous journey we now join them on.
The opening track is entitled Autumns Breath and is a completely different start to a Terra Guitarra album than perhaps you would have expected, a track steeped in the energies of an oncoming autumn, a reflective and memory packed composition, one that has a superb sense of colour all wrapped up in a deeply thoughtful and broody arrangement.
On Ambrosia, we have a soothing narrative of charming guitars and a very smooth song that has such eloquence about its nature. What lies here is a captivating moment of peace and tranquillity and I am sure that if I made my way further up the mountains here in Cyprus, the gods of Mount Olympus would be most grateful for the offering. This piece is simply alluring in every way.
A little light percussion is added to this next composition called Daydream. The subtly of that beat adds a further dimension to the magical guitars of Hecksel and Patchouli. This track has been well named and seems to float around you with the effortless ease of a day time mental perambulation of the mind. What a blissful arrangement.
The title track is now upon us and Terra Guitarra paint a musical narrative for us that is divine and inspiring. Spirit Wheel is a moment of brilliance, caressed by guitars that are blessed with the loving tones of two musicians who really play from the heart. The addition of the flute creates a piece that will remain in the musical mind for an age; this is utterly exceptional and deserves to be applauded for being so.
As we arrive at the half way stage we also arrive at a location that is bathed in mystery and folklore, Lemuria another one of the lost islands of earth, this has a wonderful energy of lightness about its construction, and like the whole of this album I find it so very easy to listen to. Exceptionally played and performed by the sparkling guitars of Terra Guitarra.
The flute that starts Palamino is a stroke of genius and sets the scene for this next opus of colour and passion. The tempo has increased now and one can feel the energy rising through the percussion and the full flowing guitars. One can also find an exciting vivacity about this piece that makes it so appealing.
On Cloud Caravan an almost eastern feel can be found, it also fits the view of swaying palm trees from my veranda too. The talent of Hecksel and Patchouli to change tact and flow here is sublime. There is a real vibrancy here as well, listen to the very steady build and progression, the elevation of musical energy is very special, this would be one of my favourites from the release.
The title alone is graphic enough to manifest an extraordinary vista in my mind’s eye. Mountain Lake is a stunning composition, one that I look forward to listen to on my trips across our island. The steady nature and confidence of this piece creates a musical view that is simply astonishing, and gives me the inspiration to take my guitar to a location like this and just play, the improvisational way.
Our penultimate piece is Oriel. This is indeed a most enjoyable addition to the album and seems to glide effortlessly around us. The guitars here drive a narrative that is both happy and melodic. This is an arrangement that has a true sun kissed feel to it, perhaps even a composition that one could drift down the river on a boat to.
Our last offering is entitled Zephyr, now in Greek culture Zephyrus is the very personification of the west wind; feel that on your face and you will know that summer is on the way. This is also the longest piece from the album at over eight minutes long, and it does indeed drift warmly across the musical mind, what a lush, calming and very tranquil way to leave the album it is too.
Many will be surprised, but pleasantly so at the smooth and tranquil nature of Spirit Wheel. On a personal level I rate this as one of their best ever releases. Spirit Wheel reveals the talents of two musicians who are artists in every sense of the word. Terra Guitarra have made the top spot of the charts with virtually every album they have released and after bathing in these delightful tones, I see no reason why that won’t continue with this wonderful new release.
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Helena Dee

WORLD-TINGED ACOUSTIC-GUITAR DUO TERRA GUITARRA IS ALWAYS ENTERTAINING
Terra Guitarra is one of the most popular, best-selling and entertaining world-tinged acoustic-guitar groups in the world with provocative rhythms and exquisite melodies. You should check out their latest album, SPIRIT WHEEL, which is the most spiritual, soft, gentle, healing recording they have ever done. This is exceptional instrumental music with great acoustic soloing, but also soft keyboards, drums, percussion and bass in the background. Four of the tunes include wood flutes in nice interplay with the guitars. This duo considers the newest album to be “medicine” for themselves and their audience -- a meditational, transformational, trance/chill collection designed to help listeners explore their place in the universe. This is the group’s ninth album, and several previous ones have gone to the top of various international charts. The album cover artwork, as always, is a nature/guitar painting by lead guitarist Bruce Hecksel in his trademark style.
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