Patchouli & Terra Guitarra
Patchouli and Terra Guitarra is master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter, guitarist Julie Patchouli.
ZMR calls Terra Guitarra “one of the top neuvo-flamenco groups in the world”, with a #1 and two top 5 internationally charting albums and multiple “Album of the Year” nominations. Patchouli is a folk festival headliner and Public Radio favorite with pure, haunting lead vocals and beautiful harmonies. 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."
Their soulful fusion of blazing Spanish and world guitar instrumentals, spine tingling vocal harmonies, and epic folk rock anthems 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.
Patchouli & Terra Guitarra have performed over 3,500 shows, toured a million miles on the road supporting 19 CD releases, won songwriting awards, industry awards, performed on TV, film and are played on Radio programs around the world.
The duo’s instrumental guitar project Terra Guitarra – “Dragonfly” debuted at #4 on the ZMR World Music Radio Charts and was Nominated ZMR Best Instrumental Acoustic Album of the Year 2013. Their 6th instrumental album "Firelight" is nominated ZMR Best Instrumental Acoustic Album of the Year 2015 was #5 on the ZMR Charts and #1 on the OneWorldMusicUK charts. The Awards ceremony is May 7th in New Orleans at the Joy Theatre where the duo is honored to perform for the Awards show.
The overwhelming demand by their fans to have a live recording of the Terra Guitarra songs lead the duo to release a 12 song recording of Terra Guitarra in concert "Live at the Big River Theatre" November 2015.
Patchouli & Terra Guitarra represents the very top echelon of today's acoustic performers, bringing the highest level of skill together with the passion, experience and joy that are a rare combination indeed.
THE MULTI MEDIA CONCERT EXPERIENCE
They take their artistry to another dimension with their new animated multi-media concert experience. Guitarist Bruce Hecksel is also a prolific painter with exhibitions around the U.S. of his own style “Terra Guitarra Art”, featuring landscapes created out of guitar shapes. A projected colorful backdrop of lush vibrant paintings flows thru the concert. Not just a slide show, Hecksel has taken his paintings to a new level by animating them into 3D moving scenes with guitar birds flying through guitar mountains and over guitar rivers, cities and oceans. The paintings come alive and merge with the music as in front of the screen the duo perform their unique exciting blend of fiery Spanish guitar pieces and lyrical songs floating with gorgeous vocal harmonies.
See an example here: https://youtu.be/JHwZCtRAzso