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The Lightwood Duo On This Holiday Edition Of Access Utah


Unique. Versatile. These are terms often used to describe musical groups or ensembles outside the common, difficult to define. All these terms have been used to describe the Lightwood Duo, the pairing of guitar and clarinet through master musicians Eric Nelson and Mike Christiansen.

Much of The Lightwood Duo's successful sound is the result of their original arrangements. Their musical selections run the gamut from jazz, rock, Latin jazz,Celtic, and film music to the classics. Because of the variety of their repertoire, a Lightwood Duo concert is a series of surprises and unexpected turns. They have issued five CDs. These CDs receive frequent airtime on radio in the United States and on the program DiscDrive on the CBC in Canada.

Christiansen heads the guitar program at Utah State University, and is an author/clinician for Mel Bay Publications. Nelson is the band director at Spring Creek Middle School, and is an artist/endorser for Yamaha clarinets. They have worked together as members of the four piece jazz/rock band Mirage since 1985 and as the Lightwood Duo since 1992.
The Duo joins us for the hour to help us welcome in the Holidays with songs of the season.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.