ACOUSTIC BLENDER: A tasty mix of styles and voices ACOUSTIC BLENDER is an alternative folk group consisting of Hope Wesley Harrison, Justin Solonynka, and David & Jenny Heitler-Klevans (otherwise known as Two of a Kind). All the members of Acoustic Blender sing, and their vocal harmonies and arrangements are the centerpiece of the group. Acoustic Blender's repertoire is eclectic, with themes ranging from the personal to the political, the ridiculous to the sublime. Along with numerous originals, the group covers songs by The Beatles, Patty Larkin, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Roches and the Dixie Chicks. Songs about peace, justice and endangered species are found alongside ones about llamas and lime jello. Otto Bost, host of "Acoustic Eclectic" on WDIY-FM says: 'Acoustic Blender is a group of four uniquely talented musicians who sing intelligent, witty, and uplifting songs. They blend their classical, contemporary, and traditional folk influences together as seamlessly as they blend their powerful four-part harmonies.' Acoustic Blender releases debut CD: "Crazy Whirled" Crazy Whirled, released October 2008, is the first studio recording from eclectic folk quartet Acoustic Blender. Acoustic Blender is Hope Wesley Harrison, Jenny & David Heitler-Klevans (multi-award-winning children's duo Two of a Kind), and singer/songwriting pianist Justin Solonynka. After five years of collaboration, Acoustic Blender navigates genre geography with ease. "We don't really set out to break any boundaries," says Hope Wesley Harrison. "Music just kind of morphs when we make it, a product of our friendship and musical chemistry." By Acoustic Blender's reckoning, Lennon & McCartney's "In My Life" deserves a brass interlude, and Joanne Hammil's a cappella round on stress management, "A Question of Tempo," segues naturally into Edvard Grieg by way of Percy Mayfield. Jackson Browne's powerful "Lives in the Balance" gets a timely instrumental update, and Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Why Walk When We Can Fly?" becomes call-and-response gospel with pan-African percussion. Acoustic Blender's Crazy Whirled also includes original material. Jenny Heitler-Klevans' achingly beautiful "Suspended in the Air" captures the pathos of competing family priorities, and her "Crazy World" is a love song for our politically turbulent age. Justin Solonynka's lush "Clarita" tells a lovely tale of innocence and generosity, while his "Even You" bites back a caustic retort in the name of (somewhat begrudging) universal love. Acoustic Blender combines folk, pop, jazz, and classical sensibilities into an irresistibly listenable album, Crazy Whirled, now available at cdbaby. What people are saying about Acoustic Blender: 'With exquisite vocal harmonies and intelligent, socially-conscious lyrics, the folk quartet Acoustic Blender weaves classical, jazz, gospel and contemporary styles into a wonderful, crazy quilt.' - Steve Siegel - The Morning Call (Dec 27, 2008) 'Old roots classicality invades their work and transforms it from folk to something more unique... [There is] a strong affinity for tradition underneath the jazzy / folky / intelligent World sensibilities. A potpourri of styles... [with] well integrated harmony vocals... A very welcome addition to your collection.' - Mark S. Tucker - Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange (FAME) (Jan 31, 2009) 'All four members of the band play multiple instruments and are highly trained musicians. ... Their song list fascinates - they sing about politics, peace, quality of life, endangered species and whatever else is on their mind.' - Andrea Owens - GAnet 'LOVE your group! This is a WONDERFUL CD -- great variety, rich musicality! BRAVO!!' - Joanne Hammil - composer, choir director, recording artist 'Acoustic Blender - what a great group! Wonderful range of talents and sounds.' - Joanne Billman 'It was so great hearing Acoustic Blender... I felt honored to be there. The song selection 'mix' was wonderful. You seemed to have a ball with the fun songs. You guys are really good!' - Mary Starshine 'I can't tell you how impressed we were with your concert... You guys REALLY sounded like you'd been together for years! You guys sounded like a team. You really have to make a CD together. It was a VERY entertaining show, and your tuning and ensemble was really together. I was SOOOO glad I came. DO MORE.' - Ruth Maletz - Community Music School 'Total fun -- thanks. Should be an audience of thousands!' - Steve Gable 'Totally enjoyed the concert. Great harmony, loved the rounds, piano, and voices. I really think the four of you have great chemistry/sound. The fact that all of you were enjoying the performance came through. I loved the way you arranged your songs this time. So... when are you going to make your first CD together? I'll be in line to purchase one.' - Lin Lee.
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