Tom Wasinger

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Tom Wasinger
OriginBoulder, CO
GenresIndigenous music of North America, Instrumental Music
Years active1988–present
LabelsSilver Wave Records, Myth-Informed Records, Vohnic Music LLC
Websitehttp://www.tomwasinger.com

Tom Wasinger is an American audio engineer, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist based out of Boulder, Colorado. He is most well known for his production work in indigenous music of North America, winning three Grammy awards and multiple independent awards for “Best Native American Music Album."[1][2] Tom builds experimental musical instruments out of resonating stone, and is the founder of “The Lost Angel Stone Ensemble”, the world's only touring ensemble that performs with stone instruments.[3] He is currently signed to independent record labels Silver Wave Records and Vohnic Music LLC.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Tom moved to Colorado from his native Oklahoma in 1974 and lived in Fort Collins. In the 70s and 80s he fronted various rock bands touring regionally. In the late 80s Tom transitioned into the role of a producer and started the "Lost Angel Stone Ensemble" the world's first touring ensemble of resonating instruments.[3]

1990s - 2010s[edit]

Tom and his wife, Susan Wasinger, started a project in 1993 aimed at recording lullabies from around the world. The album is titled “The World Sings Goodnight” and sold tens of thousands of copies after being featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”[6] In 1996 Tom scored a mountain biking film entitled Tread directed by Bill Snyder.[7] He continued working on various projects and was nominated for his first Grammy in 2001 for his production work on Joanne Shenandoah's “Peacemaker’s Journey.”[6] The Native American album did go on to receive an Independent Music Award and a Nammy Award.[2] After receiving these awards Tom focused more on Native American and indigenous music projects. This led to “Beneath the Raven Moon”, an album with artist Mary Youngblood. The album did exceptionally well in its genre, winning a Grammy and multiple independent awards as well as charting on the Billboard charts.[1][3][2] Tom's follow up project in 2005 with Mary Youngblood titled “Dance With the Wind” won another Grammy for production.[3] He won his third Grammy in 2009 for “Come to Me Great Mystery: Native American Healing Songs” a compilation album released by Silver Wave Records.[1]

2010s - present[edit]

Tom works on various projects both in Native American music and other genres. He works from his studio outside Boulder, Colorado.

Discography[edit]

Year Song(s) Artist Album Role
2017 All Tom Wasinger A Mended Soul Primary Artist, Mastering, Arranger, Composer[6]
2012 All Various Artist Spirit Walk: Natural Rhythms For Inspired Walking and Workouts Mastering, Arranger, Composer[6]
2008 All Various Artist Come to Me Great Mystery: Native America Producer, Engineer, Arranger, Mixing, Photography, Instrumentation[6]
2008 All Mary Youngblood Sacred Place: A Mary Youngblood Collection Producer, Audio Production, Main Personnel, Vocals, Guitar, Harp, Zither, Cello, Mouth Bow, Piano, Chamberlin, Keyboards, Bass Instrument, Drums, Drum, Rainstick, Percussion, Chimes, Sampling, Hand Drums, Bass, Stick, Sampled Keyboards[6]
2007 All Tom & Susan Wasinger Angels in the Wilderness Primary Artist[6]
2007 All Andy Schiller Horizons Engineer[6]
2006 All Mary Youngblood Dance with the Wind Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Main Personnel, Various Instruments, Guitar, Cimbalom, Cittern, Dulcimer, Kora, Mandolin, Zither, Melodica, Chamberlin, Drums, Percussion, Chimes, Hand Drums, Bass, Stick, Cahones, Composer[6]
2006 All Lisa Miller World of Love Engineer, Guitar, Guitar (12 String), Shaker, Guitar (Rhythm), Production Assistant[6]
2005 All Joanne Shenandoah Skywoman Producer, Engineer, Mixing[6]
2004 All Various Artist Beautiful Beyond: Christian Songs in Native Languages Producer, Engineer[6]
2004 All Mary Youngblood Feed the Fire Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Guitar, Dobro, Cittern, Kora, Zither, Percussion, Hand Drums, Bass, Mountain Dulcimer, Native American Drums, Composer[6]
2004 All Various Artist Many Blessings: A Native American Celebration Producer, Publishing, Arranger, Vocals, Guitar, Cittern, Harp, Kora, Rebab, Zither, Ocarina, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Bass, Cajon, Mountain Dulcimer, Resonating Stones, Composer[6]
2003 All Elizabeth Roberts / Maisie Shenandoah Sisters: Oneida Iroquois Hymns Producer, Engineer, Arranger, Guitar, Banjo, Cittern, Autoharp, Bass, Mastering, Recording[6]
2003 All Maureen Smith Spirit, Songs of Inspiration Main Personnel, Guitar, Percussion[6]
2003 All Various Artist The Rough Guide to American Roots Arranger[6]
2002 All Mary Youngblood Beneath the Raven Moon Producer, Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Banjo, Berimbau, Cittern, Mandolin, Ukulele, Zither, Mouth Bow, Chamberlin, Keyboards, Percussion, Hand Drums, Bass, Cajon, String Arrangements, Marxophone, Mountain Dulcimer, Bowed Zither, Composer[6]
2002 All Joanne Shenandoah Peace and Power: The Best of Joanne Shenandoah Producer, Arranger, Musician[6]
2002 All Various Artist Tribal Legends Arranger[6]
2001 All Various Artist Bears [Original Soundtrack] Producer, Composer[6]
2001 All Joanne Shenandoah Eagle Cries Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Banjo, Cittern, Mandolin, Oud, Zither, Mouth Bow, Drums, Kalimba, Percussion, Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm), Mountain Dulcimer, Keyboard Accordion, Bowed Zither, Karakeb[6]
2001 All Tito la Rosa The Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor Producer, Composer[6]
2001 All Various Artist Tribal Dreams: Music From Native Americans Composer, Primary Artist[6]
2001 All Various Artist Under One Sky: Native American Flute & Rhythm Composer[6]
2000 All Various Artist Emerging Power Producer[6]
2000 All Lawrence Laughing Now Our Minds Are One Producer[6]
2000 All Joanne Shenandoah Peacemaker's Journey Producer, Engineer, Arranger, Mixing[6]
2000 All Various Artist Prayer for Peace Producer, Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Vocals (Background), Bass, Resonating Stones[6]
1999 All Lee Nestor Call It What It Is Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Cittern, Autoharp, Hurdygurdy, Mandolin, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Tremolo[6]
1999 All Mary Youngblood Heart of the World Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Cittern, Eagle-Bone Whistle, Mouth Bow, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Hand Drums, Bass, Voices, Performer, Mastering, Mountain Dulcimer, Bowed Zither, Composer, Primary Artist[6]
1998 All Joanne Shenandoah Orenda Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Guitar, Cittern, Dulcimer, Harp, Autoharp, Flute, Ocarina, Mouth Bow, Drums, Percussion, Bass, Tremolo, Gopichard[6]
1998 All Various Artist Rough Guide to Native American Music Arranger[6]
1998 All Mary Youngblood The Offering Producer, Engineer, Mastering[6]
1998 All Various Artist Under the Green Corn Moon: Native American Lullabies Producer, Cittern, Harp, Autoharp, Flute, Mouth Bow, Drums, Percussion, Performer, Tremolo, Resonating Stones, Primary Artist[6]
1997 All Various Artist Native American Currents Producer, Guitar (Acoustic), Percussion, Bass, Digital Mastering, Mastering, Autoharp (Hammered)[6]
1997 All Various Artist Tribal Fires: Contemporary Native American Music Arranger[6]
1996 All Joanne Shenandoah Matriarch: Iroquois Women's Songs Guest Artist, Producer, Mixing, Liner Notes, Guitar, Autoharp, Percussion, Bass Programming, Pianolin, Tremolo, Resonating Stones[6]
1995 All Tom Wasinger Many Moons Primary Artist, Producer, Composer[6]
1995 All Various Artist The Best of Silver Wave, Vol. 3: The Stars Producer[6]
1995 All Various Artist Winter Celebration [Silver Wave] Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Percussion Programming, Hand Drums, Bass, Performer, Composer, Primary Artist[6]
1995 All Various Artist World Sings Goodnight 2 Producer, Compilation Producer, Multi Instruments, Performer, Primary Artist[6]
1993 All Various Artist The Best of Silver Wave, Vol. 2: The Moon Producer, Keyboards, Stick, Performer, Composer, Primary Artist[6]
1993 All World Sings Goodnight The World Sings Goodnight Producer, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Performer, Primary Artist[6]
1992 All Robert Gass & On Wings of Song Medicine Wheel Guitar (Acoustic), Musician[6]
1991 All Tom Wasinger Rock Music Primary Artist[6]
1991 All Tom Wasinger Track to Bumbliwa Primary Artist, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Stick, Composer[6]
1990 All James Harvey Earth Dreaming Dance Keyboards[6]
1988 All Kevin Schrandt Echoes Within The Forest Guitar (Electric), Soloist[6]
All Mark Thunderwolf Open Your Heart Composer[6]

Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1997 Joanne Shenandoah - Matriarch (as Producer) Independent Music Award Won
1999 Various Artists - Under the Green Corn Moon (as Producer) Notable Award Won
1999 Joanne Shenandoah & Lawrence Laughing - Orenda (as Producer) Nammy Award[2] Won
2000 Mary Youngblood - Heart of the World (as Producer) Independent Music Award Won
2000 Mary Youngblood - Heart of the World (as Producer) Nammy Award[2] Won
2000 Mary Youngblood - Heart of the World (as Producer) Amazon.com Award Won
2000 Mary Youngblood - Heart of the World (as Producer) New Age Voice Award Won
2001 Joanne Shenandoah - Peacemaker's Journey (as Producer) Independent Music Award Won
2001 Joanne Shenandoah - Peacemaker's Journey (as Producer) Nammy Award[2] Won
2001 Joanne Shenandoah - Peacemaker's Journey (as Producer) Grammy Award[1] Nominated
2003 Mary Youngblood - Beneath the Raven Moon (as Producer) Grammy Award[1] Won
2003 Mary Youngblood - Beneath the Raven Moon (as Producer) Independent Music Award Won
2005 Mary Youngblood - Feed the Fire (as Producer) Nammy Award[2] Won
2007 Mary Youngblood - Dance With the Wind (as Producer) Grammy Award[1] Won
2009 Various Artists - Come to Me Great Mystery (as Producer) Grammy Award[1] Won
2009 Kevin Locke - Earth Gift (as Producer) Nammy Award[2] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Thomas A. Wasinger". GRAMMY.com. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "NAMA 4". www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  3. ^ a b c d "Boulder's Tom Wasinger looks to bring home another Grammy". Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  4. ^ "Vohnic Music Signs 3 Time Grammy Winner Tom Wasinger: Solo Guitar Instrumental". Vohnic Music. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  5. ^ "Silverwave | Product Tags Tom Wasinger". silverwave.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax "Tom Wasinger | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  7. ^ Snider, Bill, Tread: The Movie, Greg Herbold, Hans Rey, Patrick Csizmazia, retrieved 2017-12-01