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Going Up?

by Zehnder

roots acoustic rock featuring twin vocals, eclectic grooves and cello- all from a progressive, ecumenical Christian perspective embracing peace, justice, faith, humor and spiritual wholeness.
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1. Spirit Born
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2. Angels' Song
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3. I Believe
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4. Rise Up
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5. Breathe In, Breathe Out
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6. Justice Jam (with Street Poets)
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7. Angel Celli
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8. One Fluid Flow
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9. Everybody's Singing Now
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10. Drum Invitation
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11. Shepherd's Alleluia
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12. Angel Solo
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13. What Wondrous Love is This
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14. Holy God, Creator of All Life
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15. On Promise Road
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16. Up Via Westinghouse
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Zehnder is their last name. Twins Tom Zehnder and Tim Gibbs Zehnder currently compose, arrange, perform and record as an independent duo based in Los Angeles. Tim plays bass and doumbek, Tom plays guitar and djembe, and the two raise their voices together in elaborate duets.

Much of the time, the twins have the privilege of rounding out their band with cellist Adrienne Woods, drummer Mike Boggio and percussionist Emiliano Almeida.

With Hollywood-club-playing experience and a large vocabulary of liturgical “languages” in which they are fluent, they offer a compelling, progressive blend of concert and inclusive worship leadership to local, national and international gatherings.

Raised in Los Angeles, the twins got an early start in music. Their father, the late John Zehnder was a multi-instrumentalist and head of the music school at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Mother Elizabeth is an accomplished painter and poet. Both were folk singers in the 60’s and made multipart singing a natural and fun family pastime. By the time their sons were ten, the twins were writing and singing together as a duo. Mostly self taught on their instruments, Zehnder freely moved between the “ear-playing” folk/rock world and a sight-singing, music-reading realm at school. As their compositional voices grew, they pursued and earned degrees in music composition from UCLA, both graduating summa cum laude.


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chris summers

'Going Up'
I am only just getting into the band's music, over here in England, both musically and spiritually, but i am drawn by the clarity of spirit which comes thru the recording, with the occasional echoe of David Crosby and Stephen Stills trading riffs . . . plus good guitar feedback and excellent harmonies . . . and sometimes even a hint of Simon & Garfunkel . . . and which throughout represents the band's testament to the Testament . . . the more you listen the more you may say 'I believe' . . .

Julie Shannon

Going Up?
We love the album! The songs have such catchy melodies and fantastic lyrics. I love the Breathe In, Breathe Out song--the song provided me a much needed opportunity to relax and meditate and worship all at once--while in rush hour traffic. We bought several CD's to give out as Christmas gifts to our family & friends! We love Zehnder!!

Julia

Going Up?
Inspired melodies, pitch-perfect harmonies and straight-to-the-heart lyrics. There are reasons aplenty to buy Zehnder’s new CD, Going Up?

The music is described as ecumenical Christian, but that doesn’t begin to cover it. If your belief, like mine, is based more on New Thought than New Testament, or if, frankly, you would never buy “religious” music of any kind, expect to be surprised.

Zehnder, a gifted pair of composer-musicians, have labored and brought forth a true masterwork. In this brilliant collection, art transcends, allowing listeners of whatever belief to connect. Connect with what? That’s the miracle. One might believe one hears the voice of angels... or of Dave Matthews... or Police, all of whom seem to be present, at least in spirit. From the rousing “Rise Up,” to the meditative “Breathe In, Breathe Out,” this music is both inclusive and expansive throughout.

While nearly all the songs are exuberant and uplifting, each is musically unique and shows off the astonishing range of talent in this band. One of my favorites, called “One Fluid Flow,” speaks of flowing streams and a rushing river of faith. It starts off with a trudging repetition, reminiscent of Gregorian chant. At the bridge, though, the melody breaks away and flows freely, much like, well, a stream. Suddenly the stream opens into a rushing river, where the melody and white water harmony become winding and exhilarating. I look forward to that ride every time and marvel that the music is, in fact, so amazingly fluid.

Another favorite, called “I Believe,” is one of the more somber offerings. While a minor-keyed plea is urged on by a hauntingly beautiful cello, the lyrics describe, with unnerving precision, my darkest moments: “Swing white hot fury to black despair, ’dare you to find your God in there.”

There is also great variety here. Zehnder brought in Street Poets to rap social commentary in “Justice Jam.” “Shepherd’s Alleluia” transvests as a liturgical chant. “Drum Invitation” and “Angel Solo” provide inspired percussion and vocal interludes.

Be surprised, too, by production values that rise above the ordinary, with fine details and deftly mixed layers. I know nothing about the technical aspects, but I do know quality when I hear it. I also hear cello, French horn, doumbek, mandolin, African shakers and – what’s that? – the sounds of an elevator “going up”?!

I enthusiastically recommend Going Up? Whatever your spiritual leanings, I guarantee this music is so irresistible, you will turn up the volume, as you zoom down the highway, singing “Spirit Born” at the top of your voice.

Marie

Going Up?
This is an excellent album. The Zehnder is definitely not a "one note Johnny". Each song is unique, with its own musical style. Usually, I like three or four songs on an album and put up with the rest. Not on this one. Every song has thought provoking lyrics, catchy melodies and beautiful harmonies. A pleasure to listen to.

Magdalena Garcia

Going Up?
Gave this album away for Christmas and made some young people very happy. Will continue to spread the word about this great production!

julian zehnder

Zehnder/Going Up
This is one of my new favorites, not only are they very!!! Talented they also have the same last name as I do, I'm from a small Mich. Town and to hear such talented guys is great, I wish I could be part of thre group! Well in my own way ..now I am able to pass along the good news with the good sound to back it up and hopfully lead others to God threw this new CD. Thank You for Bring Zehnder to the public-God Bless You All!
J. D. Zehnder

Magdalena

Going Up?
This is an awesome album, with creative arrangements and refreshing insights into well-known Bible stories and concepts. At the same time, there are inter-faith lyrics that affirm anyone's search for spirituality and wholeness. Each song is unique, and speaks to the heart or to a contemporary issue. Listening to the "Angels' Song" during Advent-Christmas has been very inspiring. My 11-year old son and other kids at church love the rhythm! It rocks! A great Christmas gift!