Key of Dreams… the dynamic, acoustic Latin jazz trio is comprised of Eric Schultheis (guitar), Abe Wirth (guitar), and Doug Narry (percussion.) Founded on November 6th, 2003 in Portland Oregon, Key of Dreams’ thought provoking melodies seem to dance over a lush, harmonic groove resulting from the seamless integration of Eric and Abe’s guitars. Set to Doug's infectious, worldly, percussive rhythms their music captivates the senses of even the most discriminating listener.
Eric and Abe met while sitting-in at a local blues club. Instantly recognizing the musical chemistry, they began playing, writing, recording and performing together. Penning more than 100 songs, and with as many live performances under their belts, they've developed a distinctive sound and style highlighting their passionate guitar virtuosity. We started with a rock/fingerstyle fusion kind of thing, you know - heavy on the distortion and acoustic open tunings. Now we've really incorporated the Spanish guitar sound into our more standard tuned jazz style, never disregarding our rock roots.
Key of Dreams’ new CD Unlocked consists of 14 original, instrumental compositions. We took our time (about a year) writing, recording, mixing, and mastering it ourselves in our small studio. With the addition of Doug on percussion, and moving almost exclusively to classical/Flamenco guitars, we've opened up a new direction that's fresh and exciting. The sound and style are unique - drawing from many types of music including traditional and new jazz, rock, classical, Flamenco, world, Slack Key, fingerstyle, and funk. We’ve been told we sound like Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Pat Metheny, Joe Satriani, Earl Klugh, and Ottmar Liebert, to name a few. That's a broad spectrum of artists to be compared to, which for us is good. We’re not trying to sound like anyone else, or any particular style of music for that matter. We just play and let it happen, which is very cool because there are really no boundaries. We can change the tempo, signature, tuning, key and overall feel whenever we want, and we do!”