Arts & Entertainment

Grammy-winning duo back for annual concert

Come hell or high water, Seattle musicians Eric Ting-stad and Nancy Rumbel have braved the winter weather of Snoqualmie Pass to trek to the Tri-Cities for a concert.

The Grammy-winning duo return Feb. 6 for a benefit that will include a selection of their New Age music and it just happens to coincide with the pair's 25-year anniversary of playing together.

"We'll be joined this year by our bassist Garey Shelton, who is one of Seattle's premier recording engineers," Tingstad said in an interview.

Twenty-five years of their music collaboration has produced 19 albums.

They began performing and recording together in 1985. Their debut album the following year, The Gift, became a holiday classic.

For two decades their music has earned praise from The New York Times, The Washington Post and Billboard magazine.

They've performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, and in 2003 received a Grammy in the New Age category for their album, Acoustic Garden.

Life just keeps getting better, Tingstad said.

"(Last year) was a very busy record production year for me," he said. "My studio is doing great. I recorded and produced two vocal duet CDs for other groups. One CD is a smooth jazz project. The other is a roots rock CD I did with my old bandmates from post-high school days."

As for Rumbel, when she isn't performing with Tingstad, she's diligently working with the Grammy organization doing her bit as a trustee.

"She works hard on the Music Cares project, which gives money to people in the music business who are in need," Tingstad said.

Tingstad, a finger-style guitarist, also was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his solo album Southwest.

Rumbel is an accomplished oboist and also plays English horn and ocarina.

The concert will be held in the Battelle Auditorium.

The duo also will play hosts to a wine tasting Feb. 5 at Bookwalter Winery, 895 Tulip Lane, Richland. Proceeds will benefit the Tapteal Greenway Association. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

The all-volunteer run Tapteal Greenway organization is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Lower Yakima River, its tributaries and associated watersheds.

The association works with local governments and other entities to acquire land, make it accessible to the public and educate the public about its value.

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