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Nahum / What a Friend

by David Wallace

Electric Viper-Viola instrumentals performed by a Juilliard virtuoso. Ranging from celestial to raging, Wallace's hair-raising compositions deliver an emotional and spiritual punch. Each special limited edition CD is autographed and hand-numbered.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Nahum (annihilation mix 1.1)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Behold, I am against thee. . ."

A few generations after Jonah, the ancient Hebrew prophet Nahum delivers another message of impending doom to the people of Nineveh, capitol city of the ancient Assyrian empire. In beautiful language, but graphic and unsettling terms, Nahum foretells an end to the Lord's patience with a violent, imperialistic nation. The prophet predicts a siege, a flood, and the bloody and fiery annihilation of the Ninevites. Unusually sonic in his imagery, Nahum's oracle describes galloping warhorses, clattering chariots, clashing swords, roaring lions, wailing refugees, whirlwinds, storms, and widespread panic. The prophesy was fulfilled to the letter when Nineveh fell to the combined forces of the Babylonians, Medes, and Scythians in 612 BC. Nahum (Annihilation Mix 1.1) channels the essence of this prophesy through a six-string electric Viper-Viola.

What a Friend: Electric Improvisations on an American Hymn was recorded sometime after 4 a.m. on May 31, 2004 following a night of intense free jazz at New York City's Vision Festival.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT NAHUM / WHAT A FRIEND:

"This CD of compositions by David Wallace will provoke and satisfy. I have followed Doc Wallace's work for years-and Nahum rocked me. Haunting and rewarding. Give your ears a workout."
-Eric Booth, Columnist Chamber Music magazine

"Really dramatic! It reminds me of the instrumentals I did when I played electric guitar."
-Mark O'Connor, two-time Grammy-winning musician

"That piece scared the $#*% out of me!"
-audience member

"Nahum is one of those rare works of art that sounds so new and fresh yet strangely familiar. It's like a modern telling of ancient stories. David Wallace is the artist of the future -- a world musician with no boundaries or limitations."
-Edward Bilous, Composer; Faculty, the Juilliard
School; Arranger and Orchestrator for The Who

"I got your CD and LOVE it!!!!!"
-Asha Mevlana; 7-string viper player, Goddess Rock

"Always exciting to hear new works being written for the 6-string electric violin. The possibilities of this instrument are just beginning to be explored, and the combining of rock and classical styles is timely and another application of alternative string playing. I enjoyed these pieces."
-Tracy Silverman; electric violinist, composer

"Amazing sounds and imagination!"
-Karen Ritscher, recording artist / violist;
faculty Oberlin Conservatory of Music

"Brilliant!"
-Joan La Barbara
Electronic musician, composer, performer
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT DAVID WALLACE:

"Powerful and moving"
-Kenneth P. Neilson, The New York Voice

"like Jimmy Page fronting Led Zeppelin"
-Bruce Weber, The New York Times

"David Wallace can seriously jam."
-Mark O'Connor, two-time Grammy-winning musician

"Quite simply, this was one of the best performances I've heard at Juilliard."
-Richard Hervig, Composer;
graduate studies faculty, the Juilliard School

"The most rockin' Viper Violist in the world!"
-Mark Wood, Emmy Award-winning composer, rock star,
inventor of Viper electric violins.

"Thank you for playing so beautifully on the Beethoven marathon in January. Your artistry helped make the event, the first of its kind undertaken by the Society, a great success."
-David Shifrin, Artistic Director,
the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

"Wallace fiddled up a storm- to much applause."
-Joan Bunke, The Des Moines Register

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ABOUT DAVID WALLACE:

A faculty member of the Juilliard School and a Senior Teaching Artist at the New York Philharmonic, David Wallace has been broadcast as a soloist on National Public Radio, CBS and ABC television, WQXR radio's McGraw Hill Young Artist's Showcase, and gospel music radio show Live from the Lamb's. David's concert appearances include performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a recital for the New York Viola Society, the New York premiere of Stefano Gervasoni's Viola Concerto in Alice Tully Hall, a 20-concert Visiting Artist's Residency in Saginaw, Michigan, and collaborations with multi-instrumentalist and composer Mark O'Connor.

An avid chamber musician, David has performed for the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Taos Chamber Music Festival, the Museum of Modern Art's Summergarden Series, Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Camp and Strings Conference, SONIC BOOM, CONTINUUM, Summer Music (Des Moines), 20th Century Music and On, Music Under Construction, Bowdoin, Encore, Musicorda, Cascade Head, and the Texas Music Festival.

David has composed or improvised music for fifteen professional New York theater productions, arranged and recorded violin solos for PBS television's Frontier House miniseries, and transmogrified dozens of Texas swing and jazz standards as the violinist of The Doc Wallace Trio, which released its debut album Live at the Living Room in 2001. David's compositions include solo caprices, electric fantasias, polyrhythmic etudes, and songs. Recently fulfilled commissions include chamber works for inner-city children, a sextet for the New York Philharmonic's Education Department, an electronic work for the Juilliard School's centennial, and a double bass solo for his compositional mentor, Jon Deak. He has received awards from ASCAP and the American Music Center.

As a Teaching Artist in the New York Philharmonic's radical Very Young Composers Program, David serves as "scribe and cheerleader" for 'ordinary' 3rd through 5th graders who compose original works for New York Philharmonic musicians. Additionally, David holds multi-year residencies through the Philharmonic's School Partnership Program, in which classes compose and perform works ranging from plastic recorder blues rhapsodies to Baroque concerti grossi. In 2002, David's numerous creative contributions were honored with the first annual $10,000 McGraw-Hill Companies' Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach, awarded to musicians who have distinguished themselves as artists and educators.

David received his Doctor of Musical Arts with the Richard French Prize from the Juilliard School, where he served as Assistant to Karen Tuttle.

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Stacy Beam, Nashville recording artist

This is inspirational!!! I am overwhelmed by the depth.
This CD truly tells a story whith graphic aural pictures. The intensity is amazing. The tender places give a perfect relief. "Nahum/What a Friend" is my new favorite instrumental metal CD!!!
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Gordon Nicol

From the darkness into the light - what a journey!
With these two pieces, David Wallace takes his listener on a journey. In Nahum, you follow his sound - by turns sinuous, angular, or simply rumbling - through dark and twisted thickets of emotional chaos. Then What a Friend pulls you, exhausted and shaking, into the warmth and sunlight. The recorded sound is great throughout, with a nice sense of air and space around the notes. Brilliant!
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Lisa Kendall

I think I was smarter after I listened to this CD!
This CD is incredible. David Wallace has done it again. This music is fascinating. If you have never heard this music, give it a whirl, you will be addicted in a minute! I love it! If you have never seen David Wallace play in person, give that a try, too. He is absolutely mesmerizing. Congratulations, David, on yet another job very well done.
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