"Noted for his superior guitar arrangements and and magnificent musical tone (not to mention his exquisite guitars), Eric Schoenberg is among our most prominent explorers of guitar melody and mood. He is teamed here with Richard Schultz, a master of nuance on the autoharp and dulcimer. The resulting "live duets" provide a wordless forum to investigate how the counterpoint of chords can change the feel of a lovely melody. An intimate, after-hours musical conversation that has the feel of a living-room session because that is exactly where the recording was made." ... Roger Deitz, Acoustic Guitar Magazine
The place is the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, a 25 year old gathering whose main function is to deepen our involvement into music and string-instrument playing. The players are Richard Scholtz and Eric Schoenberg, both long-time teachers and organizers of the workshop. Richard, from Bellingham, Washington is a collector of beautiful tunes from all over the world, and a master of milking the richest nuances of these melodies on the autoharp and dulcimer. Eric, formerly from Concord, Massachusetts and now from Tiburon, California, is also a lover of these great tunes and is endlessly fascinated with the possibilities of harmony and melody afforded by them. Together they strike a resonant chord of agreement and shared love for these harmonic and tonal vibrations. The album concept is to put an example of these conversations on tape. Eric and Richard sat around Richard's living room and played into two great microphones running directly into a DAT machine. There are no edits, just minor EQ and balance adjustments, in order to convey the natural flow of an evening of music instead of a highly rehearsed technical performance.