November 10, 2011
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
Dr. Sheri Matascik, associate professor of music at Maryville College, released her second solo guitar CD on Oct. 31.
The album, titled “Spirit Wood,” features a “classical/pop fusion” style of music, Matascik said.
“These pieces evoke the many and varied forms of worship and meditation,” Matascik said. “The pieces range from fast, upbeat and lighthearted tunes to slow, contemplative reflections on life, love, nature and world peace.”
The title, “Spirit Wood,” comes from the fact that guitars are made of select hardwood – usually from large, very old trees, she said.
“Once that wood is crafted into a guitar by the skillful hands of a luthier, it sort of becomes alive again: the wood resonates as it is excited through the strings by the player of the instrument,” Matascik said. “One can feel this resonance while playing, since the guitar sits against the person's body while being played. This represents the ‘Spirit of the Wood’ itself, as well as the intentions of the player.”
The CD is available for purchase on Matascik’s website, www.sherimatascik.com. Digital downloads are available on iTunes and Amazon.
The CD itself has been packaged in environmentally friendly packaging. Called an eco-wallet, the product contains no plastic, and the paper products used in production of the cover are recycled.
In October 2009, Matascik released her first solo guitar CD, "At the End of the Day," a collection of guitar compositions that celebrate classical, contemporary folk, Appalachian, jazz and Celtic styles.
Matascik, who joined the Maryville College faculty in 1995, has a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance and a master’s degree in music theory and composition from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University. She holds a doctorate in music theory and composition from Kent State.
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Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2012 semester was 1,093.