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Held in the Light

by Dan Chadburn

A collection of 13 peaceful, solo piano improvisations to calm your mind and inspire your heart...
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
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2. Be Thou My Vision
4:04 $0.99
3. Amazing Grace
4:40 $0.99
4. Wondrous Love
4:52 $0.99
5. Love Divine
4:25 $0.99
6. Were You There
5:19 $0.99
7. Lo, How a Rose
4:31 $0.99
8. Breath of Life
2:50 $0.99
9. Morning Has Broken
3:27 $0.99
10. Refuge
4:14 $0.99
11. How Great Thou Art
5:31 $0.99
12. Beautiful Savior
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13. Held in the Light
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Album Notes
The first memory I have of playing a piano was when I was all of about five or six years old. Our family regularly attended church on Sunday mornings. One Sunday, while my parents volunteered to help clean the sanctuary after services, I sat down at the piano and quickly became fascinated and mesmerized by the sounds that came from playing the piano's keys and holding its pedals.

Three or four years later, when my grandparents purchased an old upright grand piano for our family, I was excited to begin taking piano lessons. As it turned out, our church organist, a wonderful woman named Maxine Martin, was also a piano teacher. In the years that followed, through junior and senior high school, she often asked me to substitute for her, playing for services at church. It was in that context that I learned to play and love so many of the traditional hymn tunes of the church.

I dedicate this album to my Mom and Dad. Throughout my life, each of them has encouraged me to pursue my passion in music and to share the gift of music with others. I'm eternally grateful for their love and support.

They will always be...held in the light.

The album was recorded at Piano Haven Studios in Sedona, AZ, between June 16-18, 2017. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studios. "Breath of Life," "Refuge," and "Held in the Light" are original piano improvisations composed and recorded extemporaneously by Dan Chadburn. All other tracks are original piano improvisations based upon traditional hymn tunes in the public domain. These hymn tune improvisations were also composed and recorded extemporaneously.



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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Held in the Light (subtitled Solo Piano Improvisations) is the seventh solo piano album by pianist and composer, Dan Chadburn, which was recorded at Piano Haven Studios in Sedona, Arizona. A native of Oregon, Dan began studying piano at the age of nine and later earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree at Pacific Lutheran University. Later residing in London for a time to study electroacoustic composition, he has since become well-versed in both classical and modern musical traditions. Dedicated to his father and mother, Held in the Light features thirteen inspirational instrumentals, of which includes ten improvised solo piano renditions of his parents’ favorite traditional hymns and three original improvisations of his own.

Aptly introducing the album is “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”, an English Christian hymn dating to the late 1800’s, which was written by a Church of England vicar by the name of Edwin Hatch. A caressingly warm and radiant composition with a fitting song title to match, its melody seemingly conveys the essence of waking up to the blessings of a beautiful new day. Many listeners will instantly recognize the opening notes of “Be Thou My Vision”, which is a traditional hymn from Ireland. One of my favorite renditions herein, this gently lilting composition is frequently sung in both Old Irish and its later English translation. Also included is the famously beloved, “Amazing Grace”, one of the most popularly rendered hymnal classics of all time. Lending a beautifully improvisational twist to this song, Dan plays the main melody in the middle registers before subtly shifting into the higher registers and back again throughout. Although an instrumental rendition, I could easily imagine the song’s comforting lyrics singing along in my mind while listening. Dan also puts a lovely spin on “Wondrous Love” (otherwise known as “What Wonderful Love Is This”), which is a widely-known Christian folk hymn with a melody derived from a popular English ballad. Among my favorite compositions on the album is one of three originals called “Breath of Life”, for which Dan also made an accompanying video of him playing the piece. Outwardly contemplative while emitting a subtle sparkle throughout, the piece effectively brings-to-mind the glowing dawn of an early-morning sunrise.

Certain to aid in calming and centering the mind while gently lifting the spirits, Held In the Light is yet another impressively composed and arranged album from Dan Chadburn. He mostly plays these tunes with a gentle hand in a melodically straightforward manner, while possessing an elegant piano-playing style that feels centered and focused. Additionally, Dan offers sheet music via his website where you can also check out his other wonderful recordings!

Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
Dan Chadburn has to be one of the most unique pianists around today, as soon as he touches the keys you can tell it’s him, he has that ever so defined musical signature it’s just a bliss to behold and be a part of, he is also probably the most sensitive performer of his day, and on Held in the Light, we see that sensitivity roam freely, in the pastures of a meadow of musical gracefulness.
The album starts us on a journey down memory lane, with the old English hymn Breathe on Me, Breath of God. Now bear in mind that Dan is the master of improvisational music, and each and every track has been lovingly created from his heart. This divinely warming piece nurtures us and embraces us with its soft, but happy refrains.
I used to go to church with my parents, not out of choice I have to add, in fact I’m sure that to this date I found great solace in one thing only, listening to my father sing. I can distinctly remember him doing just that on, By Thou My Vision. Dans improvisation of this classic touches my heart and allows me through the years, and past the tears, to see my father’s face, and hear his voice once more through the arrangement of this memorable piece. I thank you Dan Chadburn.
This is Chadburn’s seventh release, and with each album his style and maturity as a performer has grown experientially. On his version of Amazing Grace we can see that in absolute abundance. The sweetness of touch and the loving embrace of the keys are such an important part of who Chadburn is, and on an all-time classic like this, he doesn’t just do it justice, he brings more colour and a little extra intensity to the game, with each note played.
One of my personal favourites was Wondrous Love; the fluency here of Chadburn’s performance was sublime. I felt truly touched by this offering, the use of the minor chords and structures made this a deeply emotive and reflective composition and highlighted Chadburn’s sensitivity and his desire to play from one place only, the heart.
Love Devine has that signature touch of the artist, but also an added layer calm and serenity about its overall construction. There is something so tender about the performance on this delicate offering that has to be truly admired. Chadburn’s unique skill set on piano, gifts us a soothing and charming narrative to simply close our eyes to, and drift away, in love.
As we approach the half way juncture, we come across one of the most stylish pieces off the album called Were You There. This is a very mood filled opus that is so beautifully crafted; you just want to keep hitting the repeat button. The artist’s use of a slight pause now and then adds to the mystery of the overall narrative, and the arrangement itself is so very reflective and profoundly contemplative.
As we take a single step into the latter half off the release Held in the Light by Dan Chadburn, we come across a very gratifying arrangement entitled Lo, How a Rose. This is one that will yet again showcase Chadburn’s skills as a true wizard of improvisation. The simply yet charismatic style here is a pleasure to listen to, a track that will lead you down memory lane, with a loving arm around your shoulder, and performed in such an enchanting manner.
Breath of Life I have read was performed by Chadburn at the studios of Piano Haven, and apparently he requested from the audience that they pick a letter A-G, a flat, natural or sharp, and gave them the choice of minor or major. The following full flowing performance is the result of that moment of inspirational genius on that most magical night, and resulted in an offering that is truly inspired.
It’s unusual for me to write about a song that I sing as part of my Cat Stevens set, but Morning Has Broken seems to have been with me all of my life. I remember singing this at school, it was one of a few traditional pieces I actually enjoyed being a part of. The artist has created a really rich tapestry of tone and colour that is simply delightful here.
Refuge tugs at the heart strings, and implores to be listened to by every fibre of your musical existence. There is a slight classical essence to this composition that increases the depth of the arrangements prowess. I found this track captivating and very moving. Chadburn has manifested a mysterious element of loneliness within this piece, one that is both fascinating and melancholic at the same time.
Our mood is lifted now by the empowering How Great Thou Art. The talent of Chadburn’s creative muse is once more in full flow, and hand in hand they have created something that musically sparkles and vibrates with a shimmering intensity that is so bright. The artist connects to source, the piano speaks, and what comes forth is a symbiosis of tone and splendour.
We have travelled long and far dear constant reader, and the penultimate musical pathway is now in front of us, and the music to usher us along on our way is entitled Beautiful Savior. This rousing and stimulating offering from the interpretational matrix of the artists mind, is both grand and arousing, and played with a smile and a shining confidence.
We now bid a fond farewell to the expertise of Dan Chadburn, but before he leaves this musical realm he has thus far created, the ultimate gift of a breath taking title track is now upon us. Held in the Light is something special, it has a spine tingling vibrancy about its interpretation that is simply beautiful. Love pours from this track, like the tears that fall from an angel’s eyes, into a mirrored pool of adoration; this is my favourite piece off the release.
Held in the Light is a transformational collection of inspired improvisations from master solo pianist Dan Chadburn; it burns with the desire of passion and is played with the energy of affection. Chadburn is a man who performs with a sense of sensitivity that few can match, his gentle and subtle style is a place that fans of solo piano will willingly visit over and again, and Held In the Light, his seventh release, is yet another heart felt album, truly to be cherished.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Held In the Light" is pianist/composer Dan Chadburn’s seventh solo piano album, and it is stunning! The thirteen tracks include three original studio improvisations and ten improvised arrangements of traditional hymns. I have been reviewing Chadburn’s albums since his 1998 debut, "Solo Piano," and receiving a new release from him is always a very special treat! Chadburn's 2016 album, "Beyond Words," was nominated by Zone Music Reporter for “Best Solo Piano Album of 2016,” “Album of the Year” by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, “2016 Contemporary and Modern Album of the Year” at SoloPiano.com, and “Solo Piano Album of the Year” by One World Music Radio. It was also one of my Favorites for the year. I suspect that "Held In the Light" will go all the way for 2017! It was recorded at Piano Haven Studio in Sedona on Joe Bongiorno’s amazing Shigeru Kawai grand piano, and the piano sound is incredbile!

"Held In the Light" begins with “Breathe on Me, Breath of God,” an English hymn that was first published in 1878. Its gentle, prayer-like quality is very well-suited to Chadburn’s graceful yet passionate style of playing and expresses deep emotion - a gorgeous opener! “Be Thou My Vision” has been recorded by many different pianists, but Dan’s version has passages that highlight the melody, become improvisations and then return to the original melody. “Amazing Grace” is a hymn familiar to just about everyone, but Chadburn still manages to make it his own. Slow and heartfelt, it’s a beauty! “Were You There” is an American spiritual that was first published in 1899. Slow and deeply poignant, it’s the most emotional version of this hymn I’ve ever heard. “Breath of Life” is the first of the original pieces, and is one of my favorites of all of Dan’s pieces. I can’t wait for the sheet music for this one! “Morning Has Broken” expresses hope and optimism for a new day. Warm and light, it’s a beautiful arrangement! “Refuge” is the second of the originals. Gently flowing and reflective, it’s also a favorite. Chadburn says so much with a simple yet powerful melody and his deeply emotional expression - beyond words! “Beautiful Savior” shares the same melody with “Fairest Lord Jesus,” another old hymn refreshed and made new with Chadburn’s evocative touch. The title track was inspired by Dan’s wish to send my mother, Carol Parsons, some healing music when she fell and broke her wrist and injured her hip a few months ago. He improvised the piece in the studio and sent us the video, which had us both in tears. It is an expression of kindness and love that I’ll always treasure!

Even if hymns are not your thing, Dan Chadburn’s improvisations should appeal to anyone who loves and appreciates beautiful solo piano music. His three original improvs are not to be missed! Very highly recommended!