Crossing Painted Islands
Described by Showcase Magazine as "One of Vermont's most innovative ensembles," 35th Parallel takes the listener on a sinuous journey around the globe. Multi-instrumentalists Mac Ritchey and Gabe Halberg weave a sonic spell; winding a musical trail through the Middle East, North India, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. Crossing Painted Islands features: Mac Ritchey · oud, electric oud, bouzouki, didjeridoo, acoustic guitar, soundscapes Gabe Halberg · tabla, tar, jaw harp, pakhawaj, percussion Todd Roach · darbouka, riq, tar, overtone singing Michael Chorney · baritone saxophone Brian Boyes · trumpet Zach Tonnissen · tenor and soprano saxophones 35th Parallel's name comes from the latitude line intersecting the regions that inspire their music--the Middle East, North India, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the United States. Their signature MediterrAsian sound blends Middle Eastern oud and Indian tabla with a variety of other non-Western instruments. With the subtle use of ambient soundscapes and electronic effects the musicians create a dynamic backdrop over which they play select pieces 35th Parallel is a juried artist with the Vermont Arts Council and listed on the New England States Touring Roster with the New England Foundation for the Arts. Their music has been used in numerous documentaries and radio broadcasts.