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.