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Tom Mank and Sera Smolen

Rank #9 US Ithaca, NY Folk / Acoustic / Blues


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Label: Ithaca Records

Bio: Tom Mank and Sera Jane Smolen have been performing and writing music together since 1994. Mank, a self-taught singer-songwriter, and Smolen, a conservatory trained cellist, blend their musical languages into an eclectic style. Guitar, voice, and cello have many ways of blending, with the cello as... See Full Bio

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"Tom Mank is a singer-songwriter originating from Ithaca New York , cellist Sera Smolen a classically trained musician . The duo performs atmospheric jazzy creations grafted to folk roots . Mank’s lively voice is sparsely accompanied with acoustic strings and harmonica here and there , performed inimitably. Their poetic meditations are exquisite, sometimes slow, but lovely in their meandering path. We hear exclusively accoustic instruments and every number is tastefully and intimately colored by Smolen’s unique cello playing. The groundwork of the recording took place in Bearsville, in Julie Last’s studio. Ms. Last whispers that on some tracks and we also hear singers Anna Coogan , Jeannie Burns, Kristi Gholson and Kyle Carey, both in the foreground and the background. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and moving CDs that I’ve heard in quite some time. "
— Kees, Keys and Chords
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