WE HOPE SOON TO LAUNCH A 'CROWDFUNDING' CAMPAIGN TO GENERATE THE RESOURCES FOR A NEW RECORDING, then begin work in the studio.
But first... We want to see what input you might have on the theme, mood, instruments, etc.
There are TWO different projects we need to choose between. For many years both of these themes have been requested by listeners, and we're excited about both of them, but we need to choose which to work with this year. Could you tell us any ideas you have about them?
1) For twenty years we've wanted to make an all-hymns recording. On most albums so far we've included some hymns, so those already exist --- but there are hundreds more on a list of potential new ones, and we want to draw from those this time, rather than redo any of the existing ones.
Would you be glad for this hymn idea to be the new project this year?
Do you have any favorite hymns that you would like to hear from us? Any favorite instruments in mind? Our goal is to include only hymns that end up truly working wonderfully in the studio as we develop them, so there will be a level of 'probing' and experimenting, and there can be no promises about the outcome till we really get into it --- but... what thoughts do you have?
We do want to take each hymn and make it really sing --- not just a pretty tune or a toe-tapper, but full of dynamism and depth and compelling meaning, each speaking its message in a unique and powerful and moving way. There will be a lot of ensemble work and variety of instrumentation.
A couple of hymns that probably would end up on this project are solo or enhanced solo versions like these: 'Behold the Lamb of God' (not so well known) and 'When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.'
2) Timothy also wants to make another album featuring mostly original hammered dulcimer solos and duets on nature themes, somewhat similar to the album Sycamore Rapids. This would have a more contemporary and/or impressionistic flavor, more adventurous and creative. It might be associated with a particular place or region, but nothing is final at this point.
Some examples of the flavor of this project: 'To Gaze into the Embers' or a 'Shenandoah' fantasaical improvisation, or new pieces similar to 'Sycamore Rapids.'
So... Please let us know any comments or specific ideas you may have, and we'll collect them and consider them as we approach the studio yet another exciting time!
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--- Henry Smith recording bass on Celtic Airs album in 2010
Again, we've begun to give lessons via Skype! If you'd like to study hammered dulcimer or perhaps another instrument with Timothy but live far away from Williamsburg, Virginia, it's now possible on-line. Give us a call at 757-746-8899, or e-mail us at email@example.com to discuss it.
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