Dan Chadburn | Nocturnes

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Nocturnes

by Dan Chadburn

A collection of twelve original instrumentals...Music to inspire, soothe, and heal...
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Twilight
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2. Anne's Lullaby
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3. Stars
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4. Abundance
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5. Mystery
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6. Once Upon a Time
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7. Bella's Lullaby
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8. The Road
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9. Quiet Soul
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10. Peter's Theme
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11. Journey Home
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12. Sunrise
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Dan’s most recent recording, Nocturnes, was released in August, 2012. A group of Dan’s close friends had asked him to create an album of music to “inspire, soothe, and heal.” Having recorded several new solo piano improvisations in January, 2012, Dan composed and recorded melodic themes to these improvs (featuring Carole Libelo on english horn, Marty Hackleman on french horn, and Helen Hausmann on violin and viola) to create the twelve pieces that appear on the album.

One of the tracks (“Peter’s Theme”) is dedicated to the memory of Peter Fox, an extremely talented musician friend of many, who passed on January 2, 2012. All proceeds from the sale of “Peter’s Theme” will be donated to The Peter Fox Project, which in turn benefits the Sitar Arts Center in Washington, DC, an organization which “brings its diverse community together to give underserved children and youth the opportunity to explore and study the visual and performing arts in an afterschool safe haven.”

All proceeds from the sale of a second track on the album (“Anne’s Lullaby”) will be donated to The National Family Resiliency Center, an organization which “is committed to helping children and adults preserve a sense of family, foster healthy relationships, and constructively adjust to change, especially during times of individual and family transitions.”

"There is a magic time between twilight and dawn...
A time in which the world around us becomes still...
A time when our thoughts turn inward...

We quietly remember all we have dreamed and known...
The roads we have traveled...
The lessons we have learned...

And with the first light of sunrise, we are grateful...
A new day begins..."






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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
I reviewed Dan Chadburn’s first two albums back in 1998 ("Solo Piano") and 1999 ("Reflections"), and then didn’t hear much from him until a few months ago when he wrote to say he had a new album, would I like to review it? After all these years and many hundreds of reviews later, I clearly remember how much I enjoyed Dan’s CDs and couldn’t wait to hear his new music! I’m happy to say that it was well worth the wait. "Nocturnes" is the result of a request from several of Chadburn’s close friends who asked him to create an album of music to “inspire, soothe, and heal.” Some of the twelve tracks are solo piano and others are accompanied by Helen Hausmann on violin and viola, Carole Libelo on English horn, and Marty Hackleman on French horn; Chadburn appears on piano and keyboards. I’ve listened to this album in several settings, but my favorite was when I was driving to and from an appointment about 45 minutes away. The scenery was beautiful and this lovely music was so calming and graceful that the drive was almost magical. What a wonderful antidote it would be for driving in commute traffic!

"Nocturnes" begins with “Twilight,” one of the piano solos and my favorite track on the album. The slow, fluid movement of the piece is a soothing balm for the soul, gently uplifting and reassuring. All proceeds from the sale of “Anne’s Lullaby” will be donated to The National Family Resiliency Center, an organization which “is committed to helping children and adults preserve a sense of family, foster healthy relationships, and constructively adjust to change, especially during times of individual and family transitions.” “Stars,” a gorgeous duet for English horn and piano, is another favorite and seems to effortlessly float on a dreamy cloud. “Once Upon a Time” combines strings and English horn with keyboards to create a sweet and magical fairly tale - this one definitely has a happy ending! “Quiet Soul” is tranquility set to music. Guitar, English horn, strings, and keyboard create a wonderful soundtrack to an imaginary film showing open spaces and gentle breezes. “Peter’s Theme” is dedicated to the memory of Peter Fox, a musician friend who passed away in early 2012. All proceeds from the sale of this piece will be donated to The Peter Fox Project, which benefits the Sitar Arts Center in Washington, DC, an organization which “brings its diverse community together to give underserved children and youth the opportunity to explore and study the visual and performing arts in an afterschool safe haven.” What a moving tribute to a talented and much-loved friend! “Sunrise” closes the album with warmth and optimism - another favorite, this time with piano and keyboard washes. Sigh....

It’s so great to have new music from Dan Chadburn, and we’ll hope it isn’t such a long time between albums next time! Very highly recommended!

Tom Nichols

Dan Chadburn's Nocturne's - Beautiful
I've worked on some great projects over the past few years, but I have never been so excited to announce the latest release from Dan Chadburn.

Nocturne's was inspired by a group of close friends asking Dan to create a lullaby album. These songs were created to inspire, sooth, and heal.

There are three special songs on the CD.

Peter's Theme was written as a tribute to our good friend Peter Fox and all proceeds will go to The Peter Fox Project, which supports DC based Sitar and helps to send promising young singers to music workshops.

Proceeds from Anne's Lullaby will support The National Family Resiliency Center, which has been helping families in transition for the past 25 years.

Finally, thanks to Jamie Murphy, owner of Bella a Unique Boutique, located in Middletown, Ohio for her support in helping us launch! Bella's Lullaby is for you!

Please take a moment and download the song and share by posting on your page!

ENJOY

Helena Dee

PIANIST DAN CHADBURN CAPTURES FEELINGS OF THE NIGHT WITH HIS NEW MUSIC
Musician Dan Chadburn has created a piano-based album that captures feelings of nighttime. Appropriately-titled NOCTURNES, the recording not only features Chadburn on acoustic piano, but he is complimented by real musicians on English horn, French horn, violin and viola which gives the music a bit of the feel of a small classical music chamber orchestra.

Chadburn explains that the CD explores the dreams, fears, mysteries and quiet serenity that can appear after dark. The music evolved out of his improvisational jam sessions that took place at night in his personal studio.

The music features excellent interplay between acoustic instruments, interesting melodies, tight arrangements and a warm, personable flavor. This recording bridges the gap between new age music and modern classical.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
“Nocturnes” is described as “a journey through the night.” As Dan reflects: “There's a certain serenity that only the night hours can bring.” The evening falls softly as the album opens with the appropriately titled “Twilight,” providing a gorgeous introduction to the recording. I am perhaps reading into it, but for me, I sensed a tinge of sadness in the melody, along with a certain sweetness as well. But whatever, it was quite beautiful and sensitive. Dan’s sound has been characterized as having “sweeping melodies, resonating chords and rich textures,” and these elements are certainly present on the next track, “Anne’s Lullaby,” as well as on his music in general. The interplay of piano, viola, and French horn on “Abundance” is quite lovely, and reminded me a bit of the classic Windham Hill sound, as did a number of the songs. Perhaps it is Dan’s background in film scoring, but there is a cinematic quality to a track called “On The Road,” that, to my ear, sounds like a perfect piece of music for a poignant moment in a movie soundtrack - although the same could be said for a number of songs on the recording. While the piano is, of course, the focal point of the album, Dan also scored light instrumental accompaniment and turned to several top musicians to provide it, including Helen Hausmann on violin and viola, Carole Libelo on English horn, and Marty Hackleman on French horn. Dan also added synthesized harpsichord and bass on one song, as well as soft synth strings to several of the tracks.



In looking back over the tracks on the album, I must say that I am quite impressed with Dan’s performance, composing, and arranging abilities. The blend of instruments, while often understated, is exquisite. In contrasting the music on “Nocturnes” to his earlier albums, Dan shares: “Compared to my earlier albums, I would say “Nocturnes” is less complex. And, because its primary intent is to calm the spirit, rather than stir it up, per se, its dynamic range isn't nearly as broad as my other albums.” While there may be a lessening of the dynamic range, this actually works to provide a wonderful stylistic continuity and creates a graceful and affective ambience that endures throughout the album. Dan’s masterful blend of composition and improvisation that resonates with emotional expressiveness imparts a heartfelt quality to the haunting strains of “Nocturnes.”

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com