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Keys of Light

by Dan Chadburn

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1. Tacoma Morning
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2. Beyond the Rain
5:24 $0.99
3. Keys of Light
4:12 $0.99
4. Tyler's Tribute
5:08 $0.99
5. Diamond in the Sky
4:10 $0.99
6. Chesapeake Sail
4:51 $0.99
7. My Irish Love
2:41 $0.99
8. To the Heavens
5:28 $0.99
9. With You Always
3:24 $0.99
10. Matthew
5:44 $0.99
11. Paul's Prayer
5:17 $0.99
12. Colour My World
5:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Music, as a key, unlocks my heart and soul...
It awakens distant memories, of those whom I have loved,
those who have encouraged me,
some, now as angels, Light from above...

Music is solace, as darkness falls near.
Music, as Light, extinguishes fear...
Music brings courage when prejudice is strong,
Music bears love, bringing Light in all song."

Each of the twelve pieces on "Keys of Light" is in a different key,
symbolic of the unique opportunity we each have to bring light to this world.

"Tacoma Morning" was written as a tribute to Dr. Calvin Knapp, my piano professor
and mentor at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA). Dr. Knapp was a
marvelous man, a brilliant pianist and teacher who enthusiastically shared
his love of life, family, and music with everyone he knew.
[e minor to G major]

"Beyond the Rain" is a neoclassical piece for piano and viola
which begins in a bit of a tempest but gradually dissipates,
inviting introspection and acceptance.
[a minor]

Initially a single voice in the treble of the piano, "Keys of Light"
transforms into a rich texture of sound,
each instrument singing in polyphony and sharing in the luminance of the whole.
[Gb major]

On September 22, 2010, cyberbullying led to the tragic suicide death of Tyler Clementi,
a talented violinist and student at Rutgers University. I composed "Tyler's Tribute"
in his memory a few days after his death.
[c minor to C major to c minor]

Our beautiful dog, Kya, gave us incredible love and joy in the nine years we shared with her.
Translated from its African origin, "Kya" means "Diamond in the Sky."
This piece was written as a tribute to her the night she crossed the rainbow bridge.
Kya is our bright star, a bright light, our "Diamond in the Sky."
[Ab major]

"Chesapeake Sail" was written after spending a day sailing on the Chesapeake Bay,
sharing food and music with dear friends. Thank you, Tom, Anne, Dave, Rainey and Holly!
[f# minor]

"My Irish Love" was recorded in the studio as a piano improvisation.
My husband, Tom, suggested I play a folktune-like melody and expand upon it.
This improvisation is dedicated to Tom, my Irish love.
[Db major]

For me, "To the Heavens" has an "otherness" to it...
Another place, another time,
Distant, yet near.
A whisper, a prayer, a wish, a hope.
A movement to the heavens.
[eb minor]

"With You Always" is dedicated to my parents. Married for more than sixty years,
their encouragement and support of my musical efforts means the world to me.
Thank you, mom and dad. I love you.
[A major]

In October, 1998, the world lost a beautiful light in Matthew Shepard, a gentle soul
who was abducted and murdered -- merely because he was gay.
I wrote "Matthew" a few days after his death,
to honor this young man for his courage and for the life he lived.
Matt's lasting legacy through the Matthew Shepard Foundation seeks
to "replace hate with understanding, compassion, and acceptance."
[d minor to D major]

Paul Florentino was a trusted and beloved friend of mine and many others.
An exceptional doctor, Paul began as a USAF flight surgeon, eventually becoming
the deputy commander of medical services at the National Naval Medical Center.
He was an avid photographer who loved the arts. "Paul's Prayer" was composed for
his memorial service (prior to his burial at Arlington National Cemetery) in 2011.
I share it here now to honor him and the light he brought to this world,
and to honor the love he shared with his life partner, Chris Pedersen.
[Bb major]

I don't often record cover songs but the simplicity and beauty of James Pankow's song, "Colour My World,"
kept calling to me as Tom and I planned our studio sessions for the album.
And so, on the final day of recording, I sat down at the piano and improvised upon
that popular song of my youth...one take...one love...one world...
[F major]

A 7' Yamaha piano was used in the recording of "Keys of Light" as well as a Kurzweil PC3K8 keyboard
and East West Symphonic Orchestra. Dan Chadburn composed and performed all orchestrations.



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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
While Dan’s previous release, “Whispers The Falling Snow” album was solo piano, and his “Nocturnes” album had a few guest musicians along with Dan providing a touch of other instrumental sounds on keyboard, with “Keys of Light,” Dan played all the sampled symphonic sounds that accompany his piano. These include cello, viola, violin, trumpet, French horn, flute, and more. Dan’s work in this regard reveals his considerable talents as a composer and arranger, in addition to being an outstanding instrumentalist.

On the opening solo piano track, “Tacoma Morning,” I can best describe the feel of this piece with words like “elegant” and “graceful.” After a heartfelt, emotionally evocative intro, the piece opens up into greater movement with Dan’s fingers dancing on the keyboard, bringing to mind an image of a figure skater gliding across the ice. The title track, “Keys of Light,” was a real standout for me and reflected a bit of new age ambiance combined with Dan’s classical music influences. In the intro, the piano with woodwinds and cello reminded me a little of The Paul Winter Consort. While the orchestration in this piece is incredibly lush, it never overpowers the delicate beauty of Dan’s sensitive piano melody. This track is worth the price of admission alone.

On a very different note, a profound sadness tinged with hope permeates a track called “Tyler’s Tribute,” which Dan composed in the memory of Tyler Clementi, a talented violinist and college student who committed suicide after being cyber-bullied. While practically all the songs on “Keys of Light “ are Dan’s original music, the final track is a surprising solo piano cover that I looked forward to reaching at the end of the album. The song is “Colour My World,” which was written my James Pankow, and was a mega hit for his band Chicago on their second album.

“Keys of Light” is not a good album; it is an exceptional album! Of all the recordings I've heard of Dan's music, this is definitely my favorite so far. Dan’s work on every phase of this project is superb; from composing to arranging and performing. His finesse in integrating sampled orchestral sounds and having them sound and feel like the actual instruments is remarkable, and reflects well on his classical training. But beyond the more technical aspects, what I was perhaps most impressed with is the stunning emotional content of Dan’s music and how it communicates to the listener. I truly appreciate when I listen to a piece of music and feel moved within the first few seconds. The music on “Keys of Light” is a perfect blend of form and feeling, which I highly recommend.

To read a full length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Helena Dee

If you like piano music you must check out the excellent new album, KEYS OF LIGHT, by pianist Dan Chadburn, who spans the new age music and neo-classical genres. This album is acoustic piano backed with a handful of tasty orchestral instruments such as French horn, English horn, flute, cello, violin and viola (although three tracks are solo piano). The first 11 tunes are beautifully-melodic originals and the last track is his version of “Colour My World,” a hit by the group Chicago back in the early Seventies.

Chadburn’s previous two albums -- NOCTURNES (also with other instrumentation) and WHISPERS THE FALLING SNOW (all solo piano) went Top 10 on the international Zone Music Reporter Chart (the best indicator for this type of music).

Chadburn says that this new recording was inspired by people he has known or admired. Because he recognizes that each individual has unique gifts to our world, Chadburn made the music representational of this diversity by arranging each of the dozen tunes in different musical keys to give e ach one a distinct sound and feeling. There is music here capturing his time growing up in Tacoma, Washington, as well as gliding in a sailboat with friends on Chesapeake Bay. This is gentle, but emotion-packed music that all piano lovers owe it to themselves to check out.

Gary C

A Master Pianist Songwriter Delights!
Keys Of Light is my first encounter with multi-talented composer,arranger and inspiring pianist Dan Chadburn.
My understanding is every track is a piece or chapter from the heart and soul of this incredible artist.. As a lover of great piano music I would place Dan Chadburn at the top of the list.. His original compositions are absolutely beautiful , and the arrangements make one feel as though they have experienced Life's beauty, joy and sorrow for the first time.. Dan's performances transport you to another place of peace ,hope and love.. His touching and sensitive stories , along with his skilled technique are infectious and will have you taking the journey with him.. Isn't that what great music is suppose to do?

Gary C

A Master Pianist Songwriter Delights!
Keys Of Light is my first encounter with multi-talented composer,arranger and inspiring pianist Dan Chadburn.
My understanding is every track is a piece or chapter from the heart and soul of this incredible artist.. As a lover of great piano music I would place Dan Chadburn at the top of the list.. His original compositions are absolutely beautiful , and the arrangements make one feel as though they have experienced Life's beauty, joy and sorrow for the first time.. Dan's performances transport you to another place of peace ,hope and love.. His touching and sensitive stories , along with his skilled technique are infectious and will have you taking the journey with him.. Isn't that what great music is suppose to do?

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Keys of Light" is pianist/composer Dan Chadburn’s fifth album, following his 2013 "Whispers the Falling Snow," which was nominated for the 2014 ZMR Best Piano Album of the Year award and the 2015 One World Music award for Best Solo Piano Album. A classically-trained pianist from an early age, Chadburn made his recording debut in 1998 with the simply titled "solo piano" (an album I still dearly love) closely followed by the more orchestrated "Reflections" in 1999. Then there was a long break between albums until Dan’s welcome return with "Nocturnes" in 2012. Most of the twelve tracks on "Keys of Light" have orchestration in addition to the piano, and eleven are original compositions, the exception being a beautiful arrangement/improvisation on James Pankow’s classic ballad, “Colour My World.” Dan recently performed several of the pieces from the album in a solo piano house concert here, and his passionate performance was mesmerizing - something a recording can never fully capture. However, the magic of that performance is very much in evidence here.

The music for "Keys of Light" was written to celebrate friendship and to honor the memories of those who have touched Chadburn’s life and the lives of others in profound ways. Each piece is composed in a different key, “symbolic of the unique opportunity we each have to bring light to this world.” Love, passion and tenderness overflow from the music which is heartfelt, elegant, and breathtakingly beautiful. Each of the pieces has its own special meaning, and yet the album flows together as a cohesive and deeply satisfying musical experience. Two of the most affecting pieces, “Tyler’s Tribute” and “Matthew,” were composed in memory of two young men who became the victims of the violence against and cyber-bullying of gay men. Tragedy, grief and deep emotion are expressed in each note, touching the soul in a way that words alone can never do. But all is not dark and painful! “My Irish Love” is a glowing and poignant love song written for Dan’s husband, Tom, and “With You Always” is a love song to Dan’s parents who have been married for more than sixty years and obviously adore their son! “Diamond in the Sky” was composed for Dan and Tom’s beautiful dog, Kya, the evening she “crossed the rainbow bridge.” (I recently lost a dog I’d had for more than sixteen years, so this one really touches my heart.) The title track, radiates a peaceful calm and gentle warmth with strings, oboe, and piano. “Tacoma Morning” was written as a tribute to Dan’s piano professor and mentor - a gracefully flowing and deeply-felt piano solo that pays homage to a major influence in his life.

"Keys of Light" is the third consecutive stellar release from Dan Chadburn, an exceptionally gifted artist who creates and lives from his heart. Very highly recommended!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

It was a pleasure to discover the music of Dan Chadburn and his work of art on t
My introduction to Dan Chadburn was the title track off his new album Keys of Light. I featured the track on one of our sites (RateThe Tracks). What happened while listening to that song turned into quite an eventful experience. I was feeling so sad that my little girl was all grown up, and had left home. What I realized after I had shed my tears was how healing that was to be able to feel those powerful emotions then let the music take me and heal my soul.

Great music carries a message with it however creating instrumental music is more difficult for people to find something that moves them. I have heard some amazing music this year and that is my honor and privilege to do so. This is why I can appreciate and respect incredibly talented artists like Dan Chadburn. The keyboards and orchestrations throughout Keys of Light are like a soundtrack to heaven. If this is the kind of bliss that awaits us after we leave our bodies and become pure light then we are in for an amazing journey ahead. This is music for the living and it will make you feel so many things, and it can be very healing if you want to take the time to listen to it all.

I normally like to point to three key tracks but in this case I feel that would not be fair. Each track leads the next down a different path and they are all connected. Every track is extremely strong with a different pace and texture that creates moods and atmospheres that I can see fitting into a motion picture or narrated visual. Music such as this has a multitude of uses and that makes it invaluable.

It was a pleasure to discover the music of Dan Chadburn and his work of art on this musical canvas called Keys of Light. It certainly was a bright spot in my day to listen to this music. Yes it will bring many thoughts and emotions upon you but you will also have an opportunity to process those feelings then move on. You have to feel before you can heal and this music is the perfect place to start.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: ALL
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-New Age Music Reviews Founder
September 10, 2015
Review Provided By New Age Music Reviews

Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

Dan Chadburn’s albums are always a pleasure to review
Dan Chadburn’s albums are always a pleasure to review; he has a level of sensitivity within his music that is to be admired and upon his latest release, never is that more thoughtfully experienced. Keys of Light is a masterful release where he takes us on an emotional journey, a journey that will touch your heart and fill you full of the happiness of a life layered with gratitude.
Tacoma Morning is the opening piece, this has that soft level of awakening to a new day right at the opening, and then builds with the confidence of a new dawn. The style and performance here is touching, light, but with elements of a serious undercurrent flowing within.
Beyond the Rain is a remarkable piece, a track here with so much power. The extra power on the keys shows us in music a heavy constant rain fall, with the slight fall backs in playing, which are the ebbs and flows of that downpour. This is a track that has such a wealth of emotion that you cannot fail to feel the moment, the longing, that perhaps out in this hard world, there has to be something beyond the rain?
Keys of Light is up next, this is an elegant track of supreme passion and bliss, a piece that ushers forth happiness, light and perhaps more importantly hope! There is such a magical flow in the melody on this one, which you will find yourself truly moved as you listen.
Tyler’s Theme is a sad tale of cyberbullying in a world of screen based cowards, causing the death of a talented musician by suicide because of his sexuality. The man in question was apparently a violinist of great ability and one could almost imagine that the spirit of Tyler is somehow involved with the mournful repose on this track, this is such a meaningful and emotive piece you will find it hard to stop a small tear or two forming.
The horn on the next piece is delightful it’s called Diamond in the Sky. A slice of almost symphonic genius, a composition that sparkles like the stars in the sky and leaves you with a real sense of wellbeing, a track that made me smile and that cannot be a bad thing.
Chesapeake Sail is a composition of true flow and fluent movement. The only place I know called Chesapeake is an inland waterway between Maryland and West Virginia, a place that I have never visited, but this music is so beautifully produced and with such style and such a picturesque quality, it really makes me want to do so.
My Irish Love is the shortest piece off the album, a gentle song, filled with only one ingredient that really matters, love.
To The Heavens has an emotional interplay here between the strings and Chadburn’s piano and a feeling not so much of awe, but in essence it seems. The music paints a narrative of going on a journey, one filled with a deep sense of not knowing what is to be expected, a feeling of uncertainty perhaps? But a journey none the less that has to be taken, a very mysterious composition indeed.
With You Always is a piece that could easily be used for a film score; it is dramatic, but also angelic in its approach. This clever arrangement has a beautiful positive feel good way about it.
Matthew is up next and is the longest composition on the album, Chadburn had created much of this album as homage to others who have touched his life and others and he has done a remarkable job. The heavy flute on this track signifies yet another meaningful composition, and Chadburn’s piano almost seems to dance with the flute on this melody.
Paul’s Prayer is a piece that is filled with emotional content, the horns are almost triumphant in their mood and it is almost like a sigh of happiness, just to know this person has indeed touched another’s life in a positive way, and the music is like a virtual memory that will never fade and be remembered for a life time.
Colour My World is simply a delightful way to leave the album, with a wide open almost ambient and slow tempo styled arrangement that at times seems to create its own narrative, it’s almost like a curtain comes down at the theatre, but in composition. This last track seems timeless and perhaps a tip of the hat to all the aforementioned people and memories.
There is no doubt that Dan Chadburn is one of the best pianists performing today, his skill and ability to take any subject matter and bring it alive with feeling and emotion is un-paralleled and as such you really need to do your ears a great favour and get a copy of this release for your album collection. Keys of Light sees Dan Chadburn, not just raise the bar, but throw it high and far; this is an amazingly beautiful release and one I would recommend to you any day of the week.