"Each of the 14 instrumental tunes here is a thing of breathtaking beauty... seductive from the first note to the last."
- Seven Days - Burlington, VT
One of the "Top 10 Vermont CDs of 2003".
- Burlington Free Press & Seven Days
"The Green Vine ... is among the finest New England-connected albums of 2003."
- New England Music Scrapbook
"An instrumental collage of far-away places, sunny exuberance, and quiet introspection."
35th Parallel's name is inspired by the latitudinal line running through the regions from which they draw their music: the Middle East, North India, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the United States.
With primary instrumentation of Middle Eastern oud and Indian tabla, 35th Parallel also finds its voice in a wide range of instruments including bouzouki, acoustic guitar, jaw harp, didjeridoo, and assorted percussion. The use of looping devices and other technology introduces a diversity of sonic textures into their live performances and provides a backdrop for the group's musical explorations.
35th Parallel performs throughout the Northeastern United States, presenting concerts, lecture/demonstrations, and participating in school artist-in-residence programs.
Their first album, The Green Vine, was released in October of 2003.
Mac Ritchey - oud, electric oud, bouzouki, acoustic guitar, didjeridoo, ambiosmic soundscapes, gongs
Gabe Halberg - tabla, pakhawaj, tar, percussion, gongs, tamboura, sonicare