Born: October 24, 1956 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, Terri England, produces original music characterized by a unique combination of cool Brazilian and Latin rhythms, jazz highlights and classical orchestral arrangements, all blended with a 'secret sauce' that's all her own. A native of South Texas, England was born to a family of musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs. At six years of age she took an interest in playing guitar that would never wane, while also receiving extensive classical training on piano and cello. During formal education her immersion in both art and music proved to be valuable experiences strongly influencing her later development as an independent artist. In particular, her orchestral activities would teach her to create dynamic, musical arrangements that take the listener on a stimulating sonic journey.
England's debut CD, TONES OF THE TROPiCS, is availale now for $15.00 at her website: TERRIENGLAND.COM. The album is a mix of high energy tunes, including Vera’s Cruise, Dance of the Fireflies and the title cut, Tones of the Tropics, contrasted by mellower tracks like Spring, Lil’ Ray of Bossa and Moonlit Mood. TONES OF THE TROPiCS is a‘feel good’ collection of ten instrumental tunes that both energize and soothe the listener. England’s melodies are backed by samba, bossa nova and batucada rhythms from Brazil and booty-shakin’ Latin beats. Using a Brazilian guitar fingerstyle technique, England conveys a refreshing economy of expression that allows her music to ‘breathe’ while flowing above rich harmonies and tight, syncopated rhythms she creates using a blend of bass, drums and percussion, as well as unexpected tempo changes on a few tunes. TONES OF THE TROPiCS is a unique mix of melodic cool jazz tunes presented within a dynamic, rhythmic context. England’s music flows from the heart, influenced by so many wonderful Brazilian and Latin artists, including Flora Purim and Airto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Tania Maria, Oscar Castro-Neves, Romero Lubambo, Sergio Mendes, Bossacucanova, Jose Neto, Dori Caymmi, Joyce, Roberto Perera, Nestor Torres, and American artist Lee Ritenour. England records and mixes in her own studio, leaving the job of mastering to the capable hands and ears of Michael Dominici at Music House Mastering in New York. Her productions are released through her own publishing company, Inglaterra Música (ASCAP).
TONES OF THE TROPiCS
Tracks: Vera's Cruise; Spring; Setembro Sunrise; Moonlit Mood; Dance of the Fireflies; Lil' Ray of Bossa; Just Before Sunset; Tones of the Tropics; West Palm Drive; Rush to Dusk.
Personnel: Terri England: Guitars, guitar synthesizer, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, drum programming.
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