This January, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Sara Lambeth from Da Belly Magazine an arts, entertainment, and lifestyles publication that is rooted in a wide variety of music. Without further ado, here’s the article and video interview!
Original Article: http://dabelly.com/features/feature412.htm
Sheltered Turtle’s Meridian Eclipse
By: Sara Lambeth
I was checking the appearances and events scheduled for this years NAMM music trade show in Anaheim, California when I came across the name Henry Nam, Sheltered Turtle, scheduled to appear at the Engler Innovations booth. They described Henry Nam’s guitar playing as following in the in the footsteps of Leo Kottke, a guitarist favorite of mine. I watched the video, “To Be Again,” off the album, “Runaway Sketchbook” (2013), where Nam uses the Engle Guitar Hammer. Before I knew it, I had watched every video on Henry Nam’s YouTube page, Sheltered Turtle. **Nam’s masterly and characterful approach to percussive fingerstyle on acoustic guitar is awe-inspiring. It is something you have to see with your eyes to believe with your ears. Nam uses the entire body and capability of his guitar to create layered harmonies, melodies and at times, Nam plays his guitar as if it were a piano, which I learned was his first instrument.
Currently, Henry Nam is a teacher at Meridee Winters School of Music in Pennsylvania. His is releasing his third album, “Meridian Eclipse,” February 9th, 2014 under the name Sheltered Turtle. DaBelly publisher, Dave Schwartz and I had a chance to sit down with Henry Nam before one of his performances at the NAMM show. We talked about his impressive growth as a musician and unique approach to the guitar, or as he calls it, “fancy elevator music.” We learned how Nam didn’t start playing music or even appreciate music until he was a teenager. He was inspired by a teacher and soon after Nam was winning piano competitions and gaining international recognition. Then, in his early 20s he picked up a guitar, and what he has accomplished in five years is remarkable.
“I have probably put in about 10 years worth of practice,” Nam stated.
He also talked with us about his future plans and the fascinating story behind the Brick Chapel of 1667, where “Meridian Eclipse” was recorded.
After the interview we watched Henry Nam perform with flautist Steven Rushingwind and percussionists Nelson Rios and Adam Riviere Long. It reminded me of why I love music so much and is a performance I will never forget.
Please enjoy our interview with Henry Nam.
Meridian Eclipse Tracklisting:
2. Ithaca…In America!
3. Lexington Park
5. The Stalker
6. Swimming Upstream
7. Unsung Heroes
8. I Spilled Soup On My Shirt
9. Overcoming Sickness
10. Chasing Muse
11. Cracked Mirrors
12. The Six Years
· www.NAMM.org/ thenammshow/2014
· www.MySpace.com/CongaMadness (Nelson Rios)
Filmed On Location By: Dave Schwartz (Anaheim Convention Center – Anaheim, CA)
DaBelly Host: Sara Lambeth
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[Here is the video Sara was referring to in the article]