Wandering Soul

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

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Her hands and the piano keys are her voice, as pianist Rachel LaFond tells the listener a captivating tale with Wandering Soul. This is a stunningly emotive and soulful debut album of original solo piano music.

Composed during a year of worldwide travel, with pieces composed in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, the subtropical North Island of New Zealand, and on top of a soaring skyscraper in Tokyo.  From an artist’s basement in Berlin, to the top floor of a village home in South France, to the misty moors of Devon.

Come along, take a journey with her, and come out the other side transformed.

 

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Description

Rachel LaFond’s debut album of original solo piano music, Wandering Soul

Includes Tracks:
  • 1 – Wandering Soul
  • 2 – Spinning In The Sun
  • 3 – Finding Home
  • 4 – Ember Warmth – Twin Peaks
  • 5 – Mystery Of The Moor
  • 6 – Why We Wander
  • 7 – Kingfisher
  • 8 – Loving In The Rain
  • 9 – Nikko River
  • 10 – Whisper In The Mist
  • 11 – Redemption
Also includes album cover art and jacket liner notes.

Additional information

Weight 55 g
Dimensions 13 x 14 x 1 cm
Media Type

Downloadable, Physical CD – for shipping within New Zealand only, Physical CD + Downloadable – for shipping within New Zealand only

6 reviews for Wandering Soul

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This CD is absolutely amazing. You can feel the depth of love and emotion Rachel has put into each piece. It’s beautiful, soulful, and oh so relaxing. I’ve started almost every morning this last week listening to it while drinking coffee and doing writing. It’s such great music to inspire you to create your own art. Congratulations on an absolutely amazing CD, Rachel! I can’t wait for the next one to come out!!

    • Thank you so much for reviewing Wandering Soul, Leah! I’m so, so glad to hear you’re finding it inspiring in creating your own art. Would you believe that I find that very idea inspiring myself? =)

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

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    A superb album of original, contemporary solo piano

    I had the great pleasure to hear Rachel perform 5 years ago on a baby grand piano in an informal setting—but she did not play the pieces from this album, which she composed since then. I was (and still am) impressed with the confidence and grace in her playing. Now we can all share this experience through Wandering Soul, a superb album of original, contemporary solo piano. The 11 compositions, running 3 to 6 minutes long, were composed during and inspired by several world trips away from home (the US northwest) and recorded afterwards in New Zealand.

    Each composition is unique, within an overall style combining an air of yearning (homesickness?) with overtones of optimism and exploration, perhaps even determination (what lies on the road ahead?). This is music for contemplation and reflection, not for background fill, and deserves to be experienced over good-quality headphones or speakers to faithfully project the wide tonal range and dynamic voice of the antique Steinway salon grand piano used to record all tracks.

    The recording itself is clear, free of noise in quiet passages and distortion in loud passages (although careful listeners will hear pedals in operation). I found the stereo audio image full and pleasing, with bass keys to the left and treble keys to the right. Do yourself a favour and respect this masterful recording by listening in a quiet environment.

    Regarding genre, the music lies somewhere between the formalism of Classical and the ambience of New Age—or perhaps it lies somewhere off that line. But pigeonholing doesn’t apply to truly creative works of art—listen for yourself. I can’t wait for Rachel’s next project: will it be more of the same or off in a new direction? Guess what I’m hoping for…

    Thank you for creating and sharing this beautiful music.

    • What a beautiful review, Dave! I’m humbled that my music has stuck with you for the past five years – thank you for sharing your story with me.

  3. Rachel Lafond’s “Wandering Soul” displays a new artist with great talent and heart. It’s refreshing to hear a debut album from a pianist with a gift and voice of their own.

    • Thank you so much, Joseph! It’s very special to me to hear you say that. 🙂

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wandering Soul
    Rachel LaFond
    2017 / Rachel LaFond
    47 minutes

    Wandering Soul is pianist Rachel LaFond’s debut album as a composer, and what a lovely debut it is! The daughter of a prominent piano teacher in the Pacific Northwest (and a piano teacher herself), LaFond has been surrounded by piano music all of her life. She didn’t start composing until 2013, though, when she met the love of her life and was inspired to capture the flow of intense emotion in music. Her second original composition arrived spontaneously about a year later. In 2015, Rachel and her husband quit their jobs and sold everything they owned to travel the world for a year. The other nine tracks of the album resulted from those travels and the places, sights and people they encountered in New Zealand, Japan, England, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. The couple decided to settle in New Zealand for now, and LaFond continues to be inspired to write new music. Lucky us! LaFond cites David Lanz as a major influence on her music, but she is definitely not a copycat or a stylistic clone. Her playing has the grace and expression of a true artist with the refinement and confidence of a well-trained musician – a very powerful combination!

    Wandering Soul opens with the title track, a very expressive and dreamy piece that seems to be “wandering” around the piano keys, looking for something, but in no hurry to find it – the experience itself is the goal. It’s a beautiful start! “Spinning In The Sun” begins delicately and gently builds power and intensity to a peak and then gradually tapers off – charming! The first half of “Finding Home” is lively, celebratory, and overflowing with excitement and then the second half calms into a peaceful, contented mood. “Mystery of the Moor” is a bit different. It begins with a very spare, almost ambient, melody that casts a mysterious spell. As the piece develops, it becomes more intense and dramatic with just a hint of magic – a favorite! I also really like “Why We Wander,” a deeply passionate and heartfelt expression that says so much more than words ever could. “Loving In The Rain” is the first piece LaFond ever wrote, and her emotions pour through every note. In “Whisper In The Mist,” she makes great use of the piano’s dampers to create a misty feeling. I hear David Lanz’s influence in this piece more than the others, but it is still very uniquely her own. (We know a lot about mist in the Pacific Northwest!!!) “Redemption” was LaFond’s second composition and is both passionate and soulful – an exceptional close to an exceptional album.

    Wandering Soul is a very impressive debut album, and I’m thrilled to be among the first to review it! I can very easily imagine Rachel LaFond becoming one of my favorite artists! The album is available from Amazon, iTunes, and SoundCloud. Very highly recommended!

    Kathy Parsons
    MainlyPiano.com

    5/30/17

    • What a gorgeous review, Kathy! I am honored and humbled. Thank you so much for reviewing Wandering Soul!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I had the pleasure of being in the church choir when Rachel became our director. I loved her playing and also he singing voice. She is a person that will go far in her playing for our enjoyment of her playing. Thanks for the special performance at our church while you and your “hubby” were here visiting. It really was a pleasure to sit back and listen to beautiful music that I could close my eyes and picture being in beautiful places. Thanks again, Rachel!!

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    • It was absolutely *my* pleasure, Terry. I love coming back to visit, and miss being your choir director all the time <3 Thank you for your support of my work!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wandering Soul is an Enchanting, Soulful, and Captivating album. Hypnotic and intoxicating enough to lose your self in meditation. Yet Revitalizing and Serene enough to work to. Simply Trancendant!

    I halve know Rachel half of her life. I used to watch her practice and get lost in her music. I had the pleasure of witnessing her first song played live on a Baby Grand Piano. I mention this because I am NOT a musician, yet Loving In The Rain will always be my favorite. Because 5 years later, I can still see her play and feel the emotion poor off of her every time I hear it. Rachel changed the way I hear music, and this album will change the way you hear the piano!

    • Oh William, this is beautiful. I am so deeply moved to hear my music and I have had such a profound impact for you. Love, Rach

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