One listen to the album RAINBOW ROAD by Nancy Shoop-Wu and you know she is an exceptional violinist. Here she is doing original material that will have great appeal to fans of both new age and contemporary-classical music. She has strong classical music credentials. She has her degree in violin performance from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music conservatory. She auditioned and won positions with major orchestras including the Filarmonica de Caracas in Venezuela, the New Haven Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Orchestra of New England, and the Honolulu Symphony. This lady can really play!
This mostly instrumental new age music (there is one vocal song) features her violin playing, but also includes piano (by top producer and arranger Derek Nakamoto), acoustic slack-key guitars (by Jeff Peterson and Ian O’Sullivan), and occasional bass and drums. Shoop-Wu, who has spent half her life living in Hawaii, says much of the inspiration for her music comes from the beauty of the islands as well as the spirit of the people who live there.
Nancy Shoop-Wu composes extremely melodic music and then plays it with a very expressive and soulful style. This album is perfect for fans of excellent violin performance.