Terra Guitarra is...

       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 19 CD releases in 19 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.

Original Music

 Instrumental Spanish style guitar music showcasing a musical journey of travels and expressions of acoustic guitar at it’s most emotional and passionate. Listen Now

Terra Guitarra: Firelight

 Firelight CD

An all new album now available. Order now

Guitar - Music & Art

   The Terra Guitarra (landscape of guitar) series is designed for healing. When you think of the symbol, ‘guitar’, when you think of the bucolic landscape, when you view abstractions they arouse feelings. For most these are feelings of beauty, simplicity and of nurture and when they are combined together there is a deeper experience. This experience allows the viewer to access the transformational creative healing power of nature on conscious and subconscious levels. When the actual musical component is added the experience is again enriched as layers of positive intention permeate the quantum field around the viewer. The award winning music of “Terra Guitarra” is composed directly in the natural landscape as melodies arise spontaneously in a given place. This show generally involves at least one live performance preferably in context with the paintings for maximum effect.

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Original Art

Original works by guitarist and painter Bruce Hecksel and fine art giclee prints. View the online gallery

  Itasca 2012 © Bruce Hecksel

Animated Guitar Art


© Bruce Hecksel 2016

Sneak peek at the animated paintings that create the new multi media concert experience


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