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Rise

by Russel Walder

New Zealand/ American composer Russel Walder blends jazz, atmospheric ambient music and Middle Eastern traditions, making his music tough to classify. On his latest CD, RISE, Walder heads even further into the ether.
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1. Undressed
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2. Gift of Fire
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3. Rise
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4. Black Sun
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5. The World Goes Through My Mind
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6. Standing - Falling
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7. The Breathing of the World
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8. Divine in Me
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9. The Light of Silence
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10. Long Revealing
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11. Double Meaning
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12. Awake to U
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New Zealand/ American composer Russel Walder blends jazz, atmospheric ambient music and Middle Eastern traditions, making his music tough to classify. On his latest CD, RISE, Walder heads even further into the ether. Whatever genre it may be, it's one thing for sure. Astonishing.


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Master of the Oboe, Russel Walder has gained international distinction for his musicianship and profound interpretation of improvised musical forms. Walder's new CD RISE is epic and ambitious, RISE is a journey through the stages of the SOUL RISING. Russel Walder, a master improviser and one of the worlds leading contemporary oboists, has created a masterpiece of style, sonic invention and depth.

Walder's playing is beautiful and haunting, passionate, soulful and sublime. The audience is transported to a deeply moving mystical world of inner reflection. "When I walk on stage, I am empty. I start from nothing and stay empty the whole time. No thoughts, no images, no goals. The music is it's own force. I stay out of the way and allow it to be".

RISE presents a Tour de Force of Walders unique compositional style. Walder seamlessly integrates his soaring virtuosic style over haunting layers of strings, sultry eastern rhythms and harmonies, ambient soundtracks and exotic drums and percussion.

For Walder, playing is more about summoning an inner state of being than following traditional musical construction. He says,"By listening to the silence, everything can be known".

Russel Walder has combined an unlikely mixture of musical interests to become a jazz musician who is both highly acclaimed and popular. He has created a musical signature that's all his own.

It all began began with a boyhood epiphany. One morning in 1970 he heard a man from a musical instrument company playing every instrument, when he heard the oboe, it was as if time stopped. The sound penetrated his being and from that moment on, he knew what he would do for the rest of his life
Before long, he was winning competitions and appearing as a soloist in orchestras. By the time he was a student at California Institute of the Arts, he had to drop out as his career had become so successful.

Walder leaned away from the riff-oriented music that dominated mainstream jazz at the time; he was not interested in the flashy yet meaningless displays of instrumental virtuosity that many jazz players engaged in. He began to develop his own sound, one which reviewers would call "intense," "atmospheric," and "emotional." He came to value honesty in playing rather than technical skill.

By the time he was 19 he was signed to the Windham Hill label from California and went on to record for Narada and Real Music.
Having performed extensively through-out Europe and North America including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, The Greek Theatre in Berkley California, and in Major festivals such as WOMAD, the EXPO of Spain, The Miller Jazz festival, and extensive live TV appearances, Grammy nominee and multi platinum selling artist, WALDERS performances have enjoyed rapturous applause and success throughout the world.

RISE is the cornerstone of Walders work. Russel Walder's talent is in full force
here as he has composed, performed, recorded, engineered, and played all the instruments on RISE. RISE is also the first release on his newly formed record label, NOMAD SOUL RECORDS
which began in 2006.

Currently he is composing soundtracks for films and documentaries including the Discovery Channel and the award winning feature film , 'The Lunatics Ball', which won the Golden Cup for best feature in China
in this successful collaboration with Peter Scholes.

From his early days with Windham Hill through his years touring, to the twists and turns of his current incarnation as a solo artist recording under the strength of his own label. Russel's restless spirit never stops searching for new ways to express the inexpressible and to offer listeners another ticket to an inner state of being.

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Rachel Lee

Profound. Breathtaking. It’s on permanent rotate on my Cd player. Go get this no
At first, I cried and then I just looked out the window and thought about my life. This music has helped me to look inside and figure out some things I've been going through. I hope everyone gets a chance to listen to this. With so much fake everything around us, it's great to know an artist has the ability to touch what is real.
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Dmitry Shakin

If you asked for my personal opinion, I would say that this music is really some
If you asked for my personal opinion, I would say that this music is really something extraordinary since it has an ability to break down all the barriers helping us to understand each other better.

This wonderful, mystical and very expressive music comes directly from the heart. If I were asked to describe it , I would say “beautiful and peaceful. That’s why I enjoy listening to it and telling my audience about it.
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Dmitry Shakin

If you asked for my personal opinion, I would say that this music is really some
If you asked for my personal opinion, I would say that this music is really something extraordinary since it has an ability to break down all the barriers helping us to understand each other better.

This wonderful, mystical and very expressive music comes directly from the heart. If I were asked to describe it , I would say “beautiful and peaceful. That’s why I enjoy listening to it and telling my audience about it.
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Sam Taylor

Stunning. This music goes deep into the soul. Intense. Awsome.
I have never heard anything like RISE. Walder has created a music that is almost a new genre. This music takes you to a very deep place in your self like the composer Arvo Part; it is a search for the divine. In RISE, we have a sound that is transcendent and one of kind. A Masterpiece!
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Martin Schiff

I love this CD!
This is my new favorite CD. Walder has created a masterpiece that defies categorization. You must hear this!
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C. Kenneth Lee

what a sensation to still have beautiful music exist!!
As a recording artist, i should say this belongs in the "very good" section of the cd store: if there is one.
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Phillip Kane

Mind Blowing
This is so beautiful and deep I don't know where to begin. If you only buy one CD this year. This is it.
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phenix

when it's so good it hurts
Damn. When it's so good it hurts. I look for this kind of music and never find it.....Until now. For those reading this, stop reading right now and buy this. turn the lights out and play it on repeat. Think of the person you'd most like to be and then let the music take you to that place. Thank you Russel Walder for the endless years it must have taken you to get to this place. Can't wait for the next diamond to drop!
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April Simmons

Profound
Thank you Russel Walder. Music so magical I can't help but to leave this disk playing all day. This is the new CD that I'll take to my deserted Island. See you all there!
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Helen Littrell

Music of the Spheres....
Truly a masterpiece and the epitome of background music for meditation. As an occasional traveler to other realms I've experienced tonalities similar to this and been unable to duplicate them...until now as Russel has in "Rise". One of the most incredible works I've ever heard.
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