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Moods: Type: Instrumental New Age: Relaxation New Age: Meditation New Age: Contemporary Instrumental Easy Listening: Mood Music

By Location
United States - Arizona

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Nouveau Papillon

Nouveau Papillon is comprised of Mark Bensette Aux Bois and Hildi Thelen.
In their first session together Mark and Hildi realized the merging of their diverse musical backgrounds and the mutual desire to create music had resulted in a unique new sound outside the normal scope of traditional New Age music.

Their collaboration and shared vision has led to the emergence of something much greater than their individual contributions, something altogether different, and constantly evolving, resulting in an amazing musical experience. 
The name "Nouveau Papillon" means New Butterfly. The initial idea for the name came from the free-flowing nature of the music they were creating together and because what they had to offer to the world was new and innovative.

Mark and Hildi invite you to embark upon a musical voyage and experience the ambience of the haunting, soulful melodies of Nouveau Papillon.

The Artists

Mark Bensette Aux Bois
6 & 12 string electric-acoustic guitar and electric harp

Mark started his first rock band at 14, was performing at 16, and toured with concerts and bar gigs in Ontario and the northern United States through the 80’s. He moved to the States in 1992 and continued playing with bands in Dallas, then Phoenix. After working a day job and playing in the band till 1 or 2 in the morning, Mark would decompress by turning to another music genre he’d always enjoyed: New Age. Spending hours surrounded by loud music and walls of amplifiers, his “head just full of that”, he’d listen to New Age or Classical music, something without lyrics, to unwind on the drive home.

After seeing a performance by Grammy award-winning harpist Andreas Vollenweider he found he loved the music and style and promised to one day create New Age music. When Mark took up the concert harp in 2006 he discovered “there was no training at all”, it’s all just instinct”. Mark found himself with another self-taught instrument under his belt, then put together a home studio and produced three New Age CD's.

It was watching an episode of “That Metal Show” that reignited the spark. Guest Jack Blades from “Night Ranger” said “you know, when you stop creating, you die inside”. With that, Mark started writing and auditioning singers. He also reconnected with musician and recording artist Saggio, whom he had met ten years prior.

Hildi Thelen
Custom made Native American-style flutes, & percussion

It was in 2002 while attending an art festival in Fountain Hills, Arizona that Hildi was first drawn to the haunting sound of the Native American flute. This encounter led her to Odell Borg, founder of High Spirits Flutes, where she traded her Mountain dulcimer (a fretted string instrument) for her first flute.

Shortly afterward, Hildi attended a flute circle gathering in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It was here that she met Grammy-award nominated artist Peter Phippen, who would ultimately become her mentor. She then attended several flute retreats, most notably one in Flower Mound, Texas, where she meet and befriended some of the best flute makers and recording artists in the country: Butch Hall, Michael Graham Alan (aka Coytote Oldman), R.C Nakai, Mark Holland, and the late Dr. Richard Payne.

Hildi’s first concert performance was at the Bishop Mason Retreat in Flower Mound, Texas. In 2006 at the Indian Summer Festival, she had the privilege to perform with Keith Secola on the Miller Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And, coming full circle, she performed with her mentor Peter Phippen at the Shanghai Bistro in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Hildi moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2013, and continued to establish relationships with multiple flute communities and associations, networks that led to the introduction to Nouveau Papillon.

Hildi plays from the heart with what she feels in the moment, culminating in a unique and truly soulful musical exploration.