The music of Meadowlark is......a priceless ticket to ride over the hills and dales of your imagination!
Meadowlark’s magical harp-like fingerstyle guitar and effervescent flutes capture the essence of Sedona’s natural places for your beautiful event!
The skillful combination of a single guitar and solo flute creates music that is both intimate and grand that floats gently, following the land and dances like a butterfly in the breeze. This is Meadowlark – captivating, organic music that is as distinctive in sound as it is diverse in scope.
This intriguing husband and wife duo features Rick Cyge and Lynn Trombetta who create an uplifting, instrumental journey inspired by the beauty of natural places. There is a wonderful chemistry between the pair and listeners are amazed to learn that the richly layered music that is their signature sound is created by only two musicians.
Original compositions showcase Cyge’s amazing range and deep musicality as both a composer and guitarist as the harp-like sound of his fingerstyle guitar technique intertwines with the pure, melodic tones of Trombetta’s flutes and Irish whistles. Meadowlark’s performance slips effortlessly from melodic tapestries to crisp and exciting up-tempo offerings that catch the ear and command attention. Nightclub performances blend fresh arrangements of music by pop favorites such as Cat Stevens, Nora Jones, Van Morrison and more into the mix.
This magical mixture is also available as romantic solo guitar or as an ensemble with violin and/or percussion.
If you’re planning to have your special event or wedding outdoors under the beautiful Sedona skies, Meadowlark can utilize a small battery-operated amp that facilitates the volume of the guitar and creates a rich, balanced sound.
Concerts • Festivals • House Concerts • Corporate Events • Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions • Wine Tastings • Art Openings • Celebrations • St. Patrick’s Day & Celtic Events • Holiday Concerts & Parties • Creativity Seminars & Workshops
How do you turn a soaring bird into music?
How do you make a melody swell and ebb and flow like waves?
When you listen to the intriguing duo, Meadowlark, you’ll discover why being in tune with nature is no cliché for these two thought-provoking instrumentalists! The magical mixture of Rick Cyge’s harp-like fingerstyle guitar and Lynn Trombetta’s flutes and pennywhistles creates an uplifting instrumental voyage inspired by the beauty of natural places.
Riding between worlds, these seasoned story-weavers draw listeners in to experience the places and times that served as inspiration for their unique compositions: A hovering hawk takes flight through string-tapping on Rick Cyge’s prized Lowden guitar; ocean surf resonates in the warm and mellow tones of Lynn Trombetta’s flute. Along the way, Meadowlark seems to change character in “chameleon-like” fashion from song to song, melding influences as diverse as Celtic, African, and Mediterranean in their original compositions.
Meadowlark’s repertoire includes instrumental compositions inspired by Sedona and the desert southwest region, including “Creek Spirit”, written about Trombetta’s experience in the canyons of Sedona, where she spent her childhood summers, playing her flute from high and allowing the sounds to waft down through Oak Creek. Concert performances may also include mandolin, violin (Allen Ames) and world percussion, (Step Raptis).
Meadowlark’s Discography includes eight releases that have garnered reviews in international magazines and international airplay. Two releases have charted in the Top 100 Radio Play list by New Age Voice. Their “Fire on the Mountain” CD, a benefit project generously underwritten by Salt River Project was released to raise funds for Trees for the Rim, a reforestation project for areas damaged in the 2002 Rodeo-Chedeski fire. Cyge’s original compositions, performed by Meadowlark, have been used for films including a fundraising film by Audubon Arizona for the Audubon Nature Center in the Salt River Preserve.
It’s no surprise to learn that Meadowlark’s influences include some of the most talented writers and arrangers in contemporary music, including Nightnoise, Tingstad & Rumbel, Montreux, James Taylor and Algerian-born French guitarist Pierre Bensusan. “Listening to Pierre and what he got out of that guitar in open tuning opened up a new world for me,” Rick says, “and I’ve not been the same since.”
Listen to the music of Meadowlark and you’ll know the feeling.
THE BACK STORY:
This intriguing husband and wife duo began their musical journey together in 1993, playing Celtic music in a small café in a beautiful pecan orchard, and soon evolved into creating their own music inspired by the natural settings they were drawn to. Choosing the name Meadowlark they became known for their performances of instrumental compositions inspired by the desert southwest region, including “Creek Spirit”, written about Trombetta’s experience in the canyons of Sedona, where she spent her childhood summers, playing her flute from high and allowing the sounds to waft down through Oak Creek.
Guitarist Cyge’s folk roots run deep and his “harp-like” fingerstyle guitar work wraps around the music like a warm comforter. His New England folk beginnings as a singer/composer/guitarist were enhanced by his being founder of Wood & Strings Music Center, a hub of concerts, music instruction and fine instruments in the Boston scene. In 1989 his travels brought him to the deserts of Arizona, where he makes his home with wife and partner, Trombetta, an Arizona native who is also a wildlife artist and published author. They moved to Sedona in 2009 and happily reside in a home that is nestled in nature and sits at the bend of the creek.
Meadowlark, the duo, added violinist Allen Ames to the mix in 1994 when the group’s first CD, “Dance of the Sandpiper” was being recorded. Cyge recalls, “I’d heard Allen on a recording with William Eaton and had contacted William for his contact information for a ‘gypsy – flavored’ song we were including. Allen walked into the session with the score I’d given him, closed his eyes, let his head tilt back, and produced the most amazing violin lines you could have imagined! It was ‘love at the first note’ and Allen was so moved by the composition that the agreement was instantly bonded that he would be part of the ensemble going forward.”
Watch for Meadowlark’s Celtic alter ego “Ally & The Boys” performing spirited jigs and reels and soulful airs at pubs and festivals with violinist Allen Ames.
Meadowlark performs concerts, house concerts, fundraisers, festivals, weddings, private and corporate events, and offers residencies and workshops on the creative process.
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