Matascik releases second solo guitar CD

Matascik releases second solo guitar CD

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, 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.

Sample: Spiritwood

Sample: Standing Stone

Sample: Troll Harry

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 offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.