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Russell Kramer
Russell Kramer
Russell Kramer
Russell Kramer
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Russell Kramer
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About Russell

A creative one-sentence description of your music: 'Harmonious keyboard melodies and rhythms woven with cello, flute and percussion with a cinematic feel.'

Finish the sentence, someone will like my music if they like... 'Keith Jarrett, George Winston, and Tangerine Dream.'

Key career highlights: 'Performances at The Center For The Arts in Natick, MA, The Cotuit Center for the Arts, and house concerts on Cape Cod.'

How and when I started making music: 'Music runs in my family. I remember as a child my Mom thumping away on the Baldwin spinet piano improvising from Handel's 'Messiah,' to 'Smoke Gets in Your Eyes' to her original songs rattling the dishes on the Dutch Cupboard. Piano was my first love in music. Apart from learning by listening, I had a natural gift to play piano from about age 8 and started formal piano lessons at 14 with a preference for classical music. In junior high I started clarinet in the school band continuing with other reed instruments through high school. My Dad was an audiophile with the latest stereo systems pumping out classical music, so both parents were early influences.'

What makes your music different: 'My music is often in unusual and changing time signatures, yet still flows with a cinematic feel, and fresh compositional style. There are both spiritual elements and even a theatrical flair with hints of youthfulness and innocence.'

Convince me to come to your next show: 'Come journey with me, be touched by the soothing and sparkling tones of original keyboards. Experience the deep spiritual inspired harmonious melodies and rhythms right from the source. From the ephemeral beauty and introspection of 'Water' to the youthful playfulness of 'Cocoa Belly' to the majestic 'Dynosoar Above The Clouds,' you'll be inspired, amused and amazed at the scintillating performance.'

Why is it important for you to connect with music fans and what do you have to offer them as an artist? 'Music is giving and receiving. Music means nothing to me without sharing it, inspiring others and responding to their inspiration in turn. So connecting with music fans is vital. As an artist I offer sincerity, joy, gratitude, healing, soothing tones, a sacred space and time zone for you to enter and connect on your own terms with the great spirit which inspires me. I offer a connection between music and visual art to express my visions and insights into my music. I offer the story behind my music as well as the story within my music. This is in the form of photographic images from nature, original graphics and videos.'

About the CD 'Dynosoar Above The Clouds' - track by track

Blue Whale Spirit: From traditional native cultures comes the concept of spirit guides and power animals. Each of us has our own unique set spirit guides. 'Blue Whale Spirit' reflects my close communion with Whales whose splendor I enjoy during whale watching excursions. Whales are associated with: healing through music and sound, spiritual insight and gentleness. The composition juxtaposes steady structured rhythms, with dapples of percussion from which the sounds of whales emerge from the depths. Listen closely to these entrancing sounds.

Pleiades: In ancient traditions, the constellation Pleiades is said to be the home of an advanced civilization which first visited Earth hundreds of thousands of years ago, guiding our civilization. This composition - Parts 1 and 2 - represents my conception of a journey to the Pleiadians and back to Earth. A cosmic journey with insights into their advance scientific and spiritual development.

Dynosoar Above the Clouds: This is based on a true story. I was living in Brisbane a small town just south of San Francisco with the San Francisco Bay to the East and the San Bruno mountains looming to the West. I was hiking atop the mountain gazing south high above tree tops and over South San Francisco when suddenly low flying clouds rolled in off the Pacific ocean completely covering the town below I was just gazing at moments before. There I was not just soaring above the clouds, I was Dynosoaring above the clouds.

Inner Eye: How do you look at your inner self? We all have an inner eye which sees beyond the surface and understands our soul. Only many of us have yet to open this gift to see our true greatness. 'Inner Eye' is a calming journey guiding us to look within, to rekindle our inner vision and cherish the greatness that resides in us all.

Intrepid Journey: This piece goes back a-ways to high school. It began with me interpreting a theme song to a late night movie. It reminded me of Bach and I may never know the original composer. From there I played around with it and over an extended period leading to the present and composed my own piece thus inspired. It is about my own personal life's intrepid journey. It's about the challenges, the peaks and valleys, denial and acceptance, triumph and tragedy. This is about the brave and fearless quest of my soul retrieval and inner healing, of facing my demons and finding my true self. You know, the usual stuff.

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