About Lightwood Duo
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's recent performances have taken them to California, New York, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Montana, and Hawaii. They have been included in the Utah Arts Councils Performing Arts Tours, whose organizers state:
“the unique sound of this amazingly versatile Duo is winning reengagements for them from coast to coast.”