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Old Man River

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'Old Man River is the name of the musical vehicle for Australia's Ohad Rein. The project name represents the metaphoric symbolism between the ebb and flow of any great river to our own very existence. At times calm and settling, at others turbulent and unpredictable. This particular artist could not have been more appropriately named. Old Man River.
The music of Old Man River is important and has resonated with people around the world. The messages are clear and strong. The musicality is global and not attached to geographic or cultural boundaries. It is pop music with Sitar. Sing-a-long rock music. And more. Dig deep in an attempt to uncover the source of Old Man River's muse and there is a story befitting of a great songwriter just finding his potential. Chapters from his exposure to early military service, tales of performing for the Dalai Lama, busking for Yoko Ono and returning to a homeland 20 years and a lifetime since departing. Dealing with love and tragedy. Life from New York to studying sitar with a guru in Varanasi, India. Big in Japan. Bigger in Italy. Strange days indeed... '
- 2010 Trust album review by JB Hi-fi

Ohad Rein is the singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist behind the internationally acclaimed OLD MAN RIVER project, an eclectic musical voyage that manages to blend conscious pop, folk-rock, psychedelia and world music, all under one warm blanket of positive, melodic and inspiring sounds.

In the past decade, Rein has been based in Sydney, Australia. In 2007 he released his debut album 'Good Morning' (SONY/BMG), which reached top chart positions in Australia, Japan and Europe. The album track 'La' reached the remarkable no. 1 position on Japanese radio airplay charts and no. 2 on the Italian radio airplay charts. The album's success led Old Man River to play countless shows around the globe. One unforgettable moment was when Old Man River appeared in Verona's Roman Colosseum in front of an audience of 20,000 people, taking part in the famous Italian FestivalBar. Other notable moments were when Rein had the unimaginable honour to appear twice in special concerts organised in behalf and in the presence of H.H the Dalai Lama.

During this period and till this present day Old Man River has supported and cooperated with many artists and talents such as Daniel Johnston, The Violent Femmes, Iron and Wine, The Tallest Man On Earth, Empire Of The Sun, Gomez, Passenger and more.

In the lead up time to the release of his 2nd album 'Trust' (EMI), Rein went through many personal and creative changes. He became a father for the first time, ceased work with the label that released his first album (SONY), started working with another (EMI) and signed a global publishing deal with J.Alberts & Son (AC/DC).

Rein has an ever strong fondness and connection to India, and often tends to blend Indian influences into his work. This was exemplified when the artist chose to shoot a colourful video clip for his first album track 'Sunshine', in the ancient and sacred city of Varanasi. This same affinity for the mystical subcontinent led Rein there again to record part of his second album 'Trust' in Mumbai. This phase of the recording saw him realise an old dream, working with legendary Indian producer Daman Sood (Jagjit Singh, Avida Parveen) and recording with some of Mumbai's finest Indian classical musicians.
Trust’s other behind-the-scenes talent includes producers Wayne Connolly (You Am I, Youth Group, Sarah Blasko) and Ori Avni from Israel. The Trust master tapes were flown to the USA, where Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, Phoenix) mixed the record and tied together its many disparate strands.
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