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Texas-based jazz vocalist Silvie Rider impresses with both English and French on new CD
(Published: March 09, 2011)

(Austin, Texas) Written by Robert Sutton. To jazz vocalist Silvie Rider, the universal language of music is bilingual.

On her new album Je Te Connais, Rider effortlessly sings in English and French, losing no emotional weight with either one. It's no gimmick or arty pretension; they are merely flip sides of her talent, like a baseball player who can swing the bat from either side.

Rider is a commanding presence, her voice literally demanding attention with whatever tone she chooses to utilize. On her own composition, "No Worry No Hurry," Rider is playful, her smoky vocals leading on Red Young's swirling Hammond B3 organ. In her version of Cole Porter's "Everytime We Say Goodbye," Rider is both melancholy and sultry, her feelings of romantic longing perfectly complemented by Lon Price's crestfallen saxophone and Young's loving piano.

Born and raised in Switzerland, Rider's passion for music was inherited from her family, but it cut deeper than that, reaching into the recesses of her soul. "When I was six-years-old, I was visiting my Aunt Helen and uncle's pastor (Fritz Brechtbuehl's) at their house in Murten, Switzerland for a few days. There was a piano, and I started playing and listening to tones and sounds of the piano for hours it seemed to me. I was enchanted and absolutely mesmerized; it just felt great and right, like discovering home," Rider remembered. "This feeling never left me. I dragged my parents to let me learn how to play the piano and then finally, at 9-years-old, I got classical piano lessons from a musician friend of my dad (Franz Sumi, a great accordion player). My dad is an accomplished accordionist and loves to play music, so yes, music is in the family."

Throughout the years Rider's relationship with music took on a more spiritual context. "My views on music grow generally wider and deeper by expanding my perspectives and necessary personal growth on many levels," Rider explained. "The practice of meditation and consciousness is essential to me, too, as is reading a lot and training my body, soul, and spirit."

Nevertheless, her goals for Je Te Connais are grounded in a business sense as well. "A record deal or a booking agency is nice, too," she said.

More Information: http://www.silvierider.com

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