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A Star Danced

by David Wahler

"......a star danced, and under that was I born." William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing Join contemporary electronic composer David Wahler's personal journey on the ups, downs and in-betweens of life's experiences.
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1. Quest
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2. A Star Danced
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3. The Seeds of Time (feat. Brent Gunter)
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4. Come Gentle Night
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5. Peaseblossom
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6. Reverie
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7. Yvonne
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8. Sigh Away Sunday
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9. Vespera
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10. Pie Jesu
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11. Missing You
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12. A Rose Distilled
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13. Unsunned Snow
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14. Quest (reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“David Wahler musically takes us beyond earthly boundaries on his newest release, A Star Danced. It is music that celebrates the joy of living on a celestial scale. I give it a stellar recommendation”. RJ Lannan -Zone Music Reporter



Upon the heels of David Wahler’s stunningly successful debut album Antiquus, in 2009, comes his much anticipated second album, A Star Danced. Contemporary electronic composer Wahler takes us on a personal journey through the highs, lows and in-betweens of his recent life experiences, creating a highly sensitive musical diary of his life. In doing so he invites his listeners to recall and celebrate their own life experiences.


Please visit David’s new website, http://www.davidwahler.com, to read more about his work and to order your copies now.

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Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky
In silent windless night
The voices of the distant stars
Are ringing in my heart

This music is filled with transparency. It conveys very simple and clear emotions which purify the heart and arouse the spirit. Some sentimental notes are felt in the music of the album “A Star Danced” by David Wahler. These are voices of silent nights when you are alone with your own essence and naked in front of the unfolding endlessness.

The sampled electronic music of David Wahler is full of individuality. It speaks its own very personal language. Sometimes the celestial nocturnal tunes of “A Star Danced” remind me of the music of Jonn Serrie. But David Wahler definitely has his own style. Maybe the comparison with Jonn Serrie occurs to me because the music of “A Star Danced” has an evident healing effect. It rehabilitates the mind and raises the spirit. The piano of David Whaler is warm-hearted and moving.

One wants to say also that the music of “A Star Danced” is bewitchingly beautiful. David Wahler is a magnificent composer. “A Star Danced” is listened to in one breath. This release is a very precious sample of music therapy.

Serge Kozlovsky
http://sergekozlovsky.com
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REVIEWS NEW AGE

Increíble... Sin palabras!.
A Star Danced es la segunda publicación del compositor y pianista David Wahler, elegido en 2009 "Best New Artist" por Zone Music Reporter en los Zone Music Awards. Catorce pistas componen este CD que expresa a través sus notas, todas y cada una de las emociones vividas por el artista a lo largo de su vida, donde melodías electrónicas establecen un estado sereno y conmovedor. Un detalle a tener en cuenta es que este último trabajo, al igual que el primer álbum de David, Antiquus, ha ido cosechando éxitos desde los primeros días de su lanzamiento, siendo Nº1 en los charts de difusión de radios internacionales los meses de Abril y Mayo de este mismo año, sólo un mes después de su publicación en Marzo de 2010.
A toque de corneta, "Quest" abre el CD. El instrumento de viento le ofrece fuerza y pasión al track, que acompañado por la delicada percusión étnica y los sonidos electrónicos dan vida a una de las pistas más esperanzadoras del CD. Puro coraje!.

La pieza que da título al álbum y la más extensa de este, posee un poder calmante fuera de lo normal. El comienzo de synth pad que viene y va, junto a los delicados y repetidos sonidos, crean el ambiente perfecto para el descanso. Una melodía inalterable de principio a fin que dibuja un firmamento azul, donde las juguetonas y gráciles estrellas van surgiendo de la nada al ritmo de la música. Me encanta!.

En "The Seeds of Time" David ha apostado por la guitarra de Brent Gunter como acompañamiento principal. El apasionado punteo y rasgueo del guitarrista se ve acompañado por una melodía poderosa a la que da vida un teclado y un emocionante synth pad y un synth lead como instrumento de viento, todo siguiendo un curso lento, nostálgico. Realmente bella esta pieza... Una de mis preferidas!.

El arpa es el principal instrumento en "Come Gentle Night" en su principio. Con ritmo amable el instrumento de cuerda sirve de base junto a un conjunto orquestal para un oboe, que esporádicamente hace su aparición a lo largo del tema. Un relajado y bellísimo track que apela a la calma y a la paz.

Bailarina y risueña es "Peaseblossom". La pieza muestra uno de los lados más amables y cálidos de todo el álbum, logrando abrazar al oyente con su emotiva melodía. Una composición despreocupada y optimista. Otra de mis favoritas!.

Misteriosa y profunda es "Reverie (Debussy)". El piano es sustituido por un teclado electrónico con un sonido brillante, cristalino, mientras un sonido desconcertante de cortina de tubos, sweet dreams, va acompañando con su mágico sonido a la popular melodía. Acertada adaptación de este clásico de Debussy!.

"Yvonne" es consejera, arropadora. Una pieza dedicada a un familiar, esta se compone de una primera parte amable, emotiva, donde el piano dibuja junto a otros instrumentos una hermosa melodía. La segunda parte es más oscura, haciendo aparición el sonido electrónico como melodía principal, que increíblemente, se une a la perfección a un fondo orquestal y a un suave hit hat de percusión. El final es feliz, regresando a la tierna y cariñosa melodía del comienzo. Qué delicadeza!.

La sensación de nostalgia y soledad que irradia "Sigh Away Sunday" es impresionante. La reiterativa melodía del piano con su arpegio sirve de acompañamiento para un teclado electrónico que reproduce la melodía principal, este a su vez, es imitado por un lejano silbido. Es asombroso el sentimiento de aislamiento que transmite esta pieza.

Misteriosa y a la vez fascinante es "Vespera". El triste piano de David se une a un loops de desconcertante sonido, estridente, lo que acentúa más la sensación de dolor del track. La sensación que se experimenta cuando el piano deja paso al llamativo sonido electrónico es de una desolación absoluta. Wow!.

"Pie Jesu (Fauré)" comienza con un arpegio de piano que es el acompañamiento de una flauta de pan, una de las piezas más bellas. El sentimiento de libertad que aporta es impresionante, mostrando el lado más delicado y dulce de todo el álbum. Sublime!.

"Missing You". El piano en su máxima expresión reproduce un melancólica pieza, dedicada a su padre, David muestra a través de los acordes cuanto dolor y recuerdos recorren por su cuerpo. Imposible expresar con palabras. Esta es, sin duda, mi preferida de todas las piezas. Increíble como el artista deja al desnudo sus emociones con este profundo y bellísimo track. Sin palabras...

Nuevamente, un arpegio de guitarra para abrir el tema "A Rose Distilled". El oboe aparece como voz principal en este tema, mientras la guitarra y sintetizadores acompañan de fondo a la hipnótica melodía que reproduce el instrumento de viento. El contexto creado por esta pieza es la buscada y deseada calma.

"Unsunned Snow" es delicada. Por primera vez, David prescinde por completo de todos los sonidos sintetizados, exceptuando a uno, el sonido de un teclado electrónico que es el único instrumento utilizado para dar vida a una de las piezas más tiernas del CD, donde una hermosa melodía fluye lenta, como improvisada. Una delicia!.

Como finalización, David ha querido incluir un reprise del tema que abría el álbum "Quest". Un final fascinante y alentador, aportando al oyente la misma fuerza y optimismo que en un principio. Un final feliz y poderoso para este sorprendente trabajo!.
Después del éxito cosechado con su primer trabajo, Antiquus, el compositor y pianista David Wahler se embarca en un viaje fantástico bajo el título, A Star Danced. Sonidos electrónicos a los que no estamos acostumbrado a escuchar, carentes de fuertes percusiones y estridentes sonidos de sintetizadores. En este caso, David apuesta por el lado más delicado que estos medios pueden aportar, con el objetivo de mostrar a través de la música todas sus emociones y pensamientos. A Star Danced es un álbum altamente recomendable.
reviewsnewage.com
01/07/10
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John P. Olsen / NewAgeMusicWorld.Com / NewAgeMusic.nu

Conducting New Age Music
Just like an orchestra conductor standing on a podium, one New Age artist first held his raised baton in hand, and began to cue the first downbeat gesture for his debut album. What emerged after the final cutoff gesture was made, led to an upbeat direction for his first album’s achievements, and proclaimed admiration for this relatively new artist. David Wahler is the musician orchestrating Antiquus in a like manner, where his time signature expertly directed a unique phrasing in tempo, dynamics, and articulation, leading to welcoming salutations of praise during the final reception at the end of his first orchestration. Antiquus is a greatly applauded 2009 album surprising many by the paramount success granted to such a relative newcomer in the New Age music industry. The consistent airplay and high ranking in Zone Music Reporters charts is widely recognized, along with pending nominations for 2009 in 4 categories, yet to be decided. Likewise you will find Antiquus is held in high regard with our own NewAgeMusic.nu Best Albums of 2009 Awards, so these merits do speak quite clearly. Music itself is not new to David since he began playing piano by ear at age 7, then formal music studies in college academics before directing several theater directing productions, performing with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra & New American Theatre, while also teaching music appreciation to disadvantaged and handicapped children. David again steps onto the conductor’s podium for a second time. With all eyes watching, and with several decisive taps of the hand baton, he confidently cues in his current 2010 release A Star Dances, in an encore performance notably holding great expectations. Composed, performed, and arranged solely by David Wahler, this album represents a heartfelt narration surrounding his family circle past and present, where resolution of personal life challenges are reflected as a unique source of inspiration for his music’s identity, lovingly embraced by his close family heritage. A Star Danced is New Age, Contemporary, Electronic, Ambient, Neo Classical, and Orchestration, nicely displayed by his directing hands, where it becomes apparent this second release sharply manifests a sweeping one and two and timing, in relation to the precision delivery of his already admired discography. The song Quest is the Epic alpha and omega heralding in 14 classics of A Star Danced, and perhaps a fine talking point of those like myself giving their own conclusions about his second release. To me, this sensational wonder is a revelation to behold, given the heavenly virtuoso trumpet intonation with pronounced percussion taps unveiling moderate rhythms while keyboard and tenor vocals gently mesmerize. Having these bold dynamics and a contrasting sheer ambience of lightly drawn out vibrato notes, it could be telling of a more calming and peaceful resolution made during some of our most challenging moments. The atmosphere in the Title Song by soft soprano and tenor vocals echo nicely behind droplet-like keystrokes and percussion rhythms blending into one relaxing starlit entity. The Seeds of Time are generously sown by guitar soloist Brent Gunter, where his evolving impressions are backed by moderate keyboards and celestial choir. Come Gentle Night has a light sway led by beautiful keyboard bell tones similar to Peaseblossom & Reverie. Sigh Away Sunday & Vespera are new images holding a conforming poise from the well conducted Antiquus album, giving fresh ambient patterns to the ensemble of songs. Yvonne is a heartfelt rendition where harp and piano melody embrace to portray a most positive affirmation, and where keys changes bravely touch on an optimistic melodic tone. It is in this song where piano, strings, and harp join in a tribute to a special person, and where the significance of someone very dear to David is personified. Missing You is first composed in singular piano notes where a solemn melody gives a peaceful and serene placement of solitude in the earliest moments while nicely responding with a graceful tribute. Piano notes resolve in a most dignified phasing, giving rise by a reverent conclusion, where ordained notes of respect and solidarity become intertwined in the loving arms of melancholy. Quest ( Reprise ) makes a return odyssey to the dynamic opening impressions, becoming the concluding exodus to again reveal the bold aesthetic testimonial of David’s second album. Devoted to his unique signature which retains your interest and imagination from the first cue to the final cutoff note, I do expect honorable recognition will be given to David Wahler & A Star Danced, pending this album’s overall final reception.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"A Star Danced" is the exciting follow-up to David Wahler’s award-winning 2009 debut, "Antiquus." Wahler was recently named “Best New Artist” in Zone Music Reporter’s annual awards, and his new release firmly establishes him in the forefront of the new age, ambient, and contemporary instrumental genres. A variety of moods and emotions are expressed in the thirteen instrumental tracks which Wahler performed on keyboards (sampled instruments just keep getting better. I was sure the horn on tracks 1 and 13 was “real”!); the only other musician is guitarist Brent Gunter, who appears on track 3. Where "Antiquus" was inspired by ancient myths and oracles, "A Star Danced" goes inward to reflect on the personal experiences of the composer. Graceful, dreamy, and beautifully recorded, the music is very personal yet easily accessible through common life experience and the universal language of music.

"A Star Danced" begins and ends with “Quest,” a musical tale that starts with the ethereal sounds of a dream. A short time later, much of the lead is played on horn (flugelhorn or trumpet), which gives the piece a colorful, cinematic sound. The tone of the piece suggests that the quest is ongoing, without a distinct conclusion in sight, but that the journey itself is the most important part of a quest. The title track is much more ethereal and ambient, creating a vision of dark deep space, slow movement, and twinkling stars - a massage for the mind. I love “The Seeds of Time,” which features Brent Gunter on guitar. Ambient sounds, haunting flute, and gentle voices provide an atmospheric backdrop for the beautiful guitar work. “Come Gentle Night” is an invocation to dream in blissful tranquility. I have a strong feeling that Debussy would be very pleased with Wahler’s electronic arrangement of his “Reverie.” The spirit of the original piece is very much intact, updated with contemporary instrumentation and sensibility. “Sigh Away Sunday” is pure rapture set to music, putting the weekday cares and worries a million miles away. “Vespera” is my favorite track, reminding me of George Skaroulis at his evocative best. Magic and mystery blended with a touch of melancholy create a mood of passion and deep longing. Wow! “Missing You” was composed and performed for Wahler’s father’s funeral - a beautiful tribute that overflows with tenderness and love. I also really like “A Rose Distilled,” an ambient piece with guitar, flute, harp, oboe and chimes that floats on a cloud of soothing sound. This is another fantastic album from David Wahler!

It looks like we’re in the midst of another awesome year for new music, and "A Star Danced" is likely to be near the top of the pile of great albums! Very highly recommended!
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Raj Manoharan

David Wahler Unfurls Cosmic Masterpiece with A Star Danced
Sometimes you can tell by the packaging of a CD – and its title – what kind of music you might expect to hear. This is very true of David Wahler’s second album, A Star Danced. The elaborate and elegant digipak design casts a charming-looking bear dancing under the stars, and the music conveys the same celestial, wondrous feel.

Composed and performed entirely by Wahler on keyboards and synthesizers, with a guest appearance by guitarist Brent Gunter on “The Seeds of Time,” the music is a magical mix of sampled guitars, basses, drums, percussion, horns, and strings, resulting in a kaleidoscope of sound that exudes ethereal ambiance and cosmic sweep anchored by strong themes and melodic hooks. This is the perfect soundtrack for a long night drive under a starry sky.

The opening and closing tracks set and summate the tone for this sonically mystical album. “Quest” and its concluding reprise literally sound like a synthesis of Miles Davis and Herb Alpert soloing over layered textures by Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. The result is pure aural bliss.

The quality of the compositions, performances, and sounds recalls similar keyboard/synthesizer artists such as Michael Stribling, Pat Metheny collaborator Lyle Mays, Genesis member Tony Banks, and Miami Vice composer Jan Hammer.

If you do listen to this under the night sky, the stars will seem as if they are dancing, and so will your senses.
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Erich Boeck - Host New Age Radio newageradio.de

Ein neuer tanzender Stern am New Age Musik Himmel
“Ein Stern tanzte und unter dem wurde ich geboren“ war ein Zitat von William Shakespeare. Dieses Zitat hat sich auch David Wahler für sein neuestes Album „A Star Danced“ zu Herzen genommen.
Nachdem sein Debutalbum „Antiquus“ kurz nach Erscheinungstermin die Wahl zum besten Debutalbum bei New Age Reporter gewann und seit 8 Monaten in den Charts ist, so waren die Erwartungen an sein neues Album hoch.
A Star Danced ist ein sehr persönliches Album, in dem David seinen Gedanken und Gefühlen Ausdruck verleiht. Der Song „Yvonne“ wurde für ein Familienmitglied geschrieben, die immer noch den Kampf gegen den Brustkrebs führt. Bei komponieren von „Missing You“ gedachte er seines Vaters Beerdigung.
Insgesamt finden sich auf der CD vierzehn Lieder voller emotionaler Antworten auf bestimmte Geschehnisse, wie sie nur David Wahler musikalisch ausdrücken kann.
Mehr über David und seine Musik erfahrt ihr auf seiner neugestalteten Webseite unter www.davidwahler.com

Ohne Zweifel wurde er unter einem tanzenden Stern geboren ... als ein neuer tanzender Stern am New Age - Musik Himmel.
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