|All music played by hand, on instruments made out of wood|
|ALL MUSIC PLAYED BY HAND...
ON INSTRUMENTS MADE OUT OF WOOD!
NEW for 2014: Fernwood are hard at work on a new album, due out in early 2015!
This beautiful new album continues in the same direction that the group has been pursuing for the past several years. Deep acoustic music, with masterful compositions and dynamic orchestration, and an immense attention to detail.
Stay tuned for updates!
* FERNWOOD's second album: "SANGITA"
"Tone continues, time expires." www.virb.com/fernwood
Following on the heels of their widely heralded debut release “Almeria”, this 12-track offering greatly expands upon their previous work. Utilizing an expanded palette of world instruments (actually a small orchestra consisting of 25 different acoustic stringed instruments), Gayle Ellett and Todd Montgomery create music that is both familiar and exotic, lush and melodic, warm and inspirational.
They create contemporary acoustic music that is beautiful and elegant, with a strong cinematic and pan-cultural feel. By playing traditional World instruments in new and interesting ways, they have created a new hybrid style that is uniquely their own. And it is these qualities that make the music of Fernwood the perfect antidote for our modern, stress-filled lives.
On Sangita, the group combines many apparently disparate concepts into a unified whole. They've tried to infuse the music with many seemingly diverse qualities such as: traditional and modern, familiar and exotic, Americana and World, simple and complex, rural and urban, etc, and they've succeeded at this very difficult task. And although the music sometimes has a frail and delicate sound, at other times it is extremely rich and dense, with as many as 50 instruments being used in a single composition, giving Sangita an almost orchestral sound. There is also no compression or other digital effects or manipulations used on the recording (except for reverb) so Sangita has a very fresh, lively, dynamic and organic sound.
The name "Sangita" is a vague reference to the Sangita-Ratnakarna, an 800 year old book by music theorist Sharngadeva. This massive tome (which translates into "Ocean Of Music") covers the many varied styles of music performed in India, and also detailed descriptions of the wide range of instruments they played. And although the music on Fernwood's new CD is not too much influenced by Indian music, it is in fact a melding of many styles and uses many different instruments in their search for beautiful music.
New Fernwood Compilation CD with Al Di Meola
"Still: Echoes-Echoes Living Room Concerts Volume 15"
John Diliberto said of this CD "Every time I put on Still: Echoes, I feel like I’m being taken on a trip to lands exotic and familiar, a wonderful communion of sound, spirit and musical adventure. But we never let contemplation get in the way of a little exuberance and that’s what your get with Fernwood’s ”Open Seas.” Along with the Al Di Meola track, it’s the pivot point of the album with it’s blend of Indian sitar, bouzouki and mandolin taking us to a high of energy and joy. Take the trip yourself."
* FERNWOOD's debut release: "ALMERIA"
"Almeria" was chosen as ECHOES Radio "Number 4 ALBUM OF THE YEAR"!!!
GUITAR PLAYER Magazine described the music as "Wonderfully melodic, expertly layered, masterfully interwoven, luscious yet rootsy.”
NEW AGE RETAILER said "Sangita’s 12 songs display influences from disparate cultures and heritages: Appalachia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, India and other ports of call. You may hear a snatch of bluegrass, a hint of blues, or even an Indian raga. The genre-bending fusion presented on Sangita is another fine example of defying world beat conventions."
Frail and haunting, beautiful and dreamy, the music of composer team Gayle Ellett and Todd Montgomery has a unique, yet familiar feel. Both of them have each been composing and performing music professionally for many decades. Working under the name "Fernwood" they have released two albums so far: "Almeria" and "Sangita". Their cinematic music blends the beautiful sounds of Greek & Irish bouzouki, sitar, dilruba, quirquincho, acoustic guitar, Chinese ruan, Turkish cumbus, Moroccan oud, mandolin, harmonium, gimbri, tenor banjo, rababa, bulbul tarang, jal tarang, dotara, surmandal, tambura, manjira, tumbi, bugchu, gopichand, violin, rhodes piano and upright bass. All of these exotic tones are used like paint, to create dramatic visions of beauty.
Both FERNWOOD's debut release "Almeria" and "Sangita" are on sale now, for only $12.ooincluding FREE shipping within the USA. Both of these CDs feature 12 instrumental tunes that accurately reflect the group's warm and inviting sound.
Fernwood's music can be heard locally on KCRW-FM, throughout the country on National Public Radio and ECHOES Radio, and internationally on RADIO CENTRAAL, and on hundreds of other stations throughout the world.
ECHOES Radio "Number 4 ALBUM OF THE YEAR"!!!
ECHOES Radio Show's "Top 25 CD Of The Month" for NINE months in a row:
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November 2008!!!
Digitally recorded in Malibu and Topanga.
Our new CD "Sangita" and also "Almeria" are also available at:
and other fine outlets.
You can buy the 1st Fernwood CD "Almeria" here at:
You can buy the 2nd Fernwood CD "Sangita" here at: