Tom Shinness | Transluscent Harp

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Transluscent Harp

by Tom Shinness

Pieces for solo harpguitar and uncommon acoustic instrument combinations make up these adventurous, multi-textural excursions with hints of smooth jazz and some celtic new age leanings.
Genre: New Age: Healing
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1. Morning Falls
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2. Don't Give Into Sorrow About Tomorrow
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3. Fuchsia Peach
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4:41 album only
4. Tyler Roses
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5. Cloud Kite Flight
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6. Dulcitar
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7. Churning Amber
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8. Mandocrusin'
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9. River Era Paradise
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10. Peakay
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11. Snickeroo
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12. Fair Park
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13. Pablo Papoose
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14. The Apology
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15. There He Was
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16. Transluscent Harp
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17. The Essence of Time Well Spent
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Here is an excerpt from the August issue of Music Row magazine: "CDs have fairly poured in over the last couple of weeks, but only a few really grabbed me. One is "Transluscent Harp" from Tom Shinness. Shinness plays the bejeebers out of a number of unusual instruments; notably his ancient 16 string Gibson harpguitar. He has remarkable compostional depth; think New Age with more melody and motion.......... Great technique, well recorded. This is a wholly, truly independent release, highly recommended for any lover of instrumental string music"
~ Rusty Russell, (writer for "Music Row and "Guitar Player" magazines)

Transluscent Harp is a dual purpose instrumental album. One is to provide music for solo harpguitar, the other is to feature the multi-instrumental side of Tom Shinness.

The harpguitar used is a Gibson built in 1913. It has six guitar strings and ten harp or bass strings. It sounds like a guitar with a bass player playing along. There are eight selections on Transluscent Harp which feature the solo harpguitar.

There are nine other tracks which feature Tom playing a multitude of instruments. Tom likes to take a variety of instruments and for a moment forget what they are traditionally used for, finding new ways to combine the sounds. Instruments used on these tracks include all types of guitars, mandolin, mandola, mando cello, mando bass, upright bass, fretless bass, acoustic bass guitar, cello, zither, dulcitar, tambura, harp, ukelin, penny whistle, pump organ, marimba, bells and other percussion.


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David Harper

Truly Awesome! Incredible stuff worth listening to...
Lyrical playing, moving, very emotional with just the right amount of touch.

Martin Thorpe

Translucent Harp
What a wonderfully fresh CD!; full of exhuberence and joyfulness. Inventive and musically rich - a treat especially for Pat Metheney fans !!

Jeffrey

Tom is a very MUSICAL guitarist, which is rare.
You can definitely hear Pat Metheny and Michael Hedges in this cd. There's a nice variety of original material here - Tom can compose guitar music better than a lot of guitarists and he is able to employ a variety of playing techniques. Very good stuff! A really MUSICAL collection of guitar compositions. I like this a lot (and I'm notoriously picky).

Tamara Turner, CD Baby


In these genre-bending works for solo harpguitar and uncommon instrument combinations, Shinness seems to wrap up the guitar pioneering-genius of Michael Hedges and Pat Metheny's signature jazz hybrid in a warm fusion of new age, contemporary jazz and acoustic folk. Bending the adventurous to be gentle on the ear and infusing the easy-listening with passion and inspiration, his album is a fresh meeting of conviction and comfort.