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Antiquus

by David Wahler

ANTIQUUS debuted at Number 1 in July of 2009 on the NAR Top 100 New Age/Ambient/World Radio/Internet Airwaves Chart. It is nominated for Album of the Year for ZMR's 2009 Music Awards.
Genre: New Age: Relaxation
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1. Antiquus
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2. Delphi Dream
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3. Kyoto Mist
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4. Apollo's Lyre
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5. Teresa
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6. Night Sky of Orion
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7. Hyacinthus
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8. Lune Mysterieuse
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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ANTIQUUS shot to #1 on the New Age Reporter's Global airways charts in July, 2009, and has retained a top 10 position for four months running. The album has been nominated for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Contemporary Electronic recording, and Best Album Art for the Zone Music Reporter's 2009 Music Awards.

David Wahler's impressive new CD transcends all labels. His luscious compositions range from neo classical to New Age electronic, yet remain so unique as to garnish raves from the reviewers for his originality and talent. Using his classical music training, David has created a lyrical compass to guide you through the ancient world of oracles and myths in your own search for truth and meaning in today's world. In this relaxing, inspirational music you will hear the influences of Eric Satie, Vangelis, Chopin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Kitaro and many more. It is no wonder that R J Lannan of New Age Reporter says "David Wahler's music has depth, light and texture.....that somehow parts the fabric of time and lets me drift into an unknown, ancient universe."


Review by R J Lannan, New Age Reporter:

For What is Time?
I think there are some that are specifically attuned the Music of the Spheres. Perhaps David Wahler is such a person. His unique music embraces the ideology of Pythagoras and Heraclitus. He visits the mythology and mystery that made the glory days of ancient Greece one of the most profound eras in man’s history. His album Antiquus is a chronology of wondrous places and events leading up to the modern century. Wahler uses a synthesizer the way metaphysics uses abstract concepts. His music has depth, light and texture. There is literally openness to his compositions, as if he left room inside them for us to wander about, learn something new and make up our own thoughts.
David Wahler began the piano at age seven using his natural instinct to understand and play music. That did not give him discipline, so sought out formal training at music clinics and eventually he went on to study performance at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and Mannes College of Music in New York. Eventually he found himself at the Berklee College of Music's Electronic Music Production in the cultural center of the universe, Boston Massachusetts. His musical influences range from Kitaro to Stravinsky, Satie to Eno, and others before and beyond.
Antiquus, the title tune is a refrain that is found in the Spheres, echoing, mirroring sounds that are like rings of waves in a pool of still water. Is it a harmonious portal to an era where thoughts became ideas and reality was in its early stages? The solution lies deep within the music and as I listen, I find myself floating, and trying desperately to latch on to an answer.
With a sound like tinkling glass, Apollo’s Lyre is transparent and intricately formed of prismatic light. In mythology, Apollo used his lyre in a contest to defeat Marsyas and his flute. The flute plays a major role in David’s tune, dancing gently along with the background strings.
No matter how many times I listen to the album I am drawn repeatedly to Hyacinthus. It contains an eerie chorus and a haunting piano melody that somehow parts the fabric of time and lets me drift into an unknown, ancient universe. I can almost feel the angry, jealous breath of Zephyrus as he uses his power to destroy Hyacinthus, the beloved of Apollo. Wahler uses the flute to symbolize Apollo’s grief and undying devotion.
With the peal of a distant bell, Angelis begins. Lightly strummed guitar and a haunting chorus call and answer in polyphonic tones. Taken from the Missa de Angelis (Mass of the Angels), David has a wondrous sense of balance between the chorus for heaven and the guitar for earth. It is a quiet, spiraling tune perhaps representing the coalescence of the two worlds. This is one of my favorites on Antiquus.
The album concludes with the song Ancient Dawn. Truly, I could visualize the sun as it reaches out golden fingers upon the earth. Where goes light, so goes life. The animals wake, the plants grow, the fire is kindled. The fire not only of warmth, but also of spirit.
David Wahler, in a modern fashion represents very well the Classical Age of the Greeks in his music. It embodies a fascinating time of discovery, invention and trial. His synthesized orchestrations are passionate and his compositions survive with a very strong structure. Overall, I like every cut and look forward to more of his music.
Rating: Very Good
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Review by Bill Binkelman, New Age Reporter

"During my twelve years of reviewing music, I've heard many debut recordings, ranging from dreadful to impressive. Antiquus, the freshman effort from pianist/keyboardist David Wahler, comfortably sits at the latter end of that continuum. With excellent production standards, a high caliber of assorted electronic keyboards, and a surprising variety of moods, styles and tempos, Wahler grabbed my attention from the get-go and held it for the full ten tracks (fifty-five plus minutes of music). Musical influences are sprinkled throughout: Vangelis, Jonn Serrie, Deuter, Bernward Koch, and Tristan Feldbauer come to my mind. However, Wahler carves out his own artistic niche with ease, grace, charm and a dazzling display of electronic keyboard wizardry. Bound to be one of the best debuts of this year, Antiquus should find a veritable legion of fans among new age music fans (cross-over potential into the chill-out genre exists on a few tracks as well)."


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John P. Olsen / NewAgeMusic.Nu

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Many artist from all genres can sometimes resemble a particular tone or feel that sounds like another artist, which can be evident from the very beginning while listening to their music. This is not the case with composing artist David Wahler. The New Age Antiquus album, officially released June 1 2009, has some personal trademark qualities not heard in projects from musicians established before him. Beginning music as a young adult, then to formal music studies in college, David moved to the theater, directing several productions while performing with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, and New American Theatre. This album has attracted attention in the Netherlands in particular and is featured on New Age Soundscapes with Music Choice premium services. David also has a sense of giving, devoting himself and his time teaching music to handicap and disadvantaged children, in a worthwhile cause he found personally rewarding, and that I would also like to recognize about him publicly. The Antiquus album debut has been described as New Age Ambient, Neo Classical, and Electronic, but let’s also add Orchestra and Chill Out, since they can also be used as reference adjectives to describe his material. David points out that this album explores our common heritage through classical compositions, and that each of the 10 songs makes reference to an ancient myth, sacred love, or eternal truth that everyone shares.
Provoking many emotions, the mood is thoughtful and ever changing by the insertion of a light and airy feel at times, that then shift towards deep and mysterious surroundings as the measure bar in the sheet music moves into the next measure of the page. This album does explore our ancient past to unveil our present in an unfamiliar way by incorporating a layering and mixing of piano, strings, flute, violin, and percussion in a mysterious, yet classical way. Choral vocals reinforce his approach in style, echoing a graceful and poetic feel, while also shining bright by a deep, thought provoking mannerism that seems to stand out from the very beginning. With this goal in mind, David has managed to produce a debut album that appears to stand alone in personal style and form, creating a model as an artisan would create a grand sculpture adorned with touches of gold, and crafted entirely out of sound. David points out that this album explores our common heritage through classical compositions, and that each of the 10 songs makes reference to an ancient myth, sacred love, or eternal truth that everyone shares. The mood is indeed very dreamlike and relaxing by a mod tempo rhythm that offers a positive connection by retaining your interest and imagination throughout the entire album. Shifting tempo and key changes are what I believe give this album an effective transition in thought and feeling, linking the valuable bond between our very distant past and our ever changing future.

Carol Heath

Antiquus
Just beautiful !

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
“Antiquus” is the debut from pianist/keyboard wizard David Wahler, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any evidence that this is a first recording. From the stunning cover artwork by Matt Strieby at Newleaf Design to the outstanding sound quality of the production, this is one very impressive recording - and I haven’t even mentioned the music yet! Even though it will be classified as an “ambient” or “new age” album, “Antiquus” rates very high on the “wow!” meter. Layers of sound produced on a variety of keyboards give the music a complexity that isn’t immediately obvious. Walher studied classical piano from a young age through college and then began working in theater. He taught music appreciation to disadvantaged and handicapped children before embarking on a career in retail and design. Finding something missing in his life, Wahler enrolled in the Berklee College of Music’s Electronic Music Production program and a new world opened for him. “Antiquus” is a musical exploration of our common heritage, and each of the ten tracks refers to an ancient myth, sacred love, or eternal truth. Wahler says, “I strive to unveil the answers to questions men and women have asked since antiquity.” Whether or not those questions are answered, “Antiquus” is a breathtaking exploration.

The title track opens with almost a whisper. Soft-spoken broken chords roll in the background as the spare, graceful melody brings is in. The echoing effect makes it sound like the music is being played in a large open space - perhaps an ancient Greek temple - and the sense of mystery is intriguing. “Kyoto Mist” is a cool, gentle daydream with piano, various plucked instruments, and sparkling bells and chimes. The patterns are simple and relaxed and the mood they create is serene. “Teresa” is a favorite. Beginning with the sound of thunder and bells in the background, the first chords are dark and mysterious. A gently rolling bass pattern lays a foundation for the very spare melody. As the piece develops, strings and voices fill the open spaces. “Teresa” reminds me of Michael Dulin’s keyboard work - stirring yet very peaceful. “Night Sky of Orion” suggests vast darkness pierced occasionally by sparkling light - tranquil and hushed. “Hyacinthus” is another favorite. In Greek mythology, Hyacinthus was a beautiful youth loved by Apollo who was killed when he was struck by a discus. The piece conveys profound grief and is achingly beautiful. “Lune Mysterieuse” picks up the tempo a bit with a gentle but compelling rhythm and plenty of atmosphere. I also love the closing track, “Ancient Dawn.” Overflowing with musical colors, this would be the perfect soundtrack to enhance a film of stunning images. Yum!

“Antiquus” is one of those wonderful albums that people are not going to be able to keep quiet about. I fully expect it to top the charts and to be on many “year’s best” lists for 2009 (including mine!). Check it out! Very highly recommended!!