35th Parallel

35th Parallel

 Montpelier, Vermont, USA

"Snaky ribbons of sound wind through the steady pulse of a hand drum, conjuring visions of bustling open-air markets and dusty, weathered faces. Listening to 35th Parallel, it's hard to imagine you're still in this hemisphere, much less the Yankee Northeast." -SEVEN DAYS


Described by Showcase Magazine as “One of New England's most innovative ensembles,” 35th Parallel takes the listener on a sinuous journey around the globe. Multi-instrumentalists Mac Ritchey and Gabe Halberg weave a sonic spell, winding a musical trail through the Middle East, North India, North Africa, and the Mediterranean.

The band's signature MediterrAsian sound blends Middle Eastern oud and Indian tabla with a variety of other non-Western instruments. With the subtle use of ambient soundscapes and electronic effects the musicians create a dynamic backdrop over which they play an extensive repertoire of original and traditional songs.

35th Parallel also expands their concert offerings with the MediterrAsian Jazz Ensemble, a 5-piece group of innovative musicians bridging the musical traditions of the Middle East, India, and Western jazz.

35th Parallel is a juried artist with the Vermont Arts Council and listed on the New England States Touring Roster with the New England Foundation for the Arts. Their music has been used in numerous documentaries and radio broadcasts.

Past performances include:
• Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington VT
• Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover NH
• Club Passim, Boston
• Wesleyan University, Middletown CT
• The Chapin School, NYC
• Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor CT

Projects include:
• Theme music for Nature Conservancy podcast
• Theme music for United States Holocaust Memorial Museum podcast
• Music for PBS documentary 'Unless a Death Occurs'


• 'Crossing Painted Islands' · 2006
• 'The Green Vine' · 2003
• 'Download of the Month' · A monthly posting of never-before heard material found at the band's website.

Set List

A 35th Parallel show is a multi-faceted blend of genres. During the course of a performance, listeners may hear traditional pieces from sources throughout the Middle East, original 35th Parallel 'MediterrAsian' compositions, and jazz-inspired dance tunes.

Performances can run anywhere from a single 45 minute set to 3-hour shows with multiple sets.