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Beyond Words

by Dan Chadburn

Solo piano to calm the mind and inspire the heart...
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Awakening
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2. Joyful Morning
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3. Healing Waters
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4. Crossroads
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5. Shelton Rain
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6. Tears of Angels
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7. Love Is Love
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8. Falling Forward
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9. Lazy Sky Afternoon
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10. Kal-Boy
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11. Heroes
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12. Country Harvest
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13. An Evening in Florence
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14. Lullaby for Peace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I am extremely excited to share this new album, "Beyond Words."

As a shy kid growing up, words often failed me. Music has always been, quite simply, the easiest language for me to communicate my innermost thoughts. I'm incredibly grateful for this life I have been given. I'm grateful for my family and friends who continue to believe with me that music has the power to heal and to inspire.

Grateful...beyond words.

This collection of original compositions for solo piano spans nearly thirty years of my life. Each song captures a moment of time, a memory, an emotion, a hope, a desire.

"Awakening" was composed on August 27, 2010. It represents that exact moment in time when you suddenly remember someone (or something) from earlier in life, perhaps childhood...and the strong emotions once felt are still very much here.

"Joyful Morning" was composed on August 21, 2010. Imagine children, without a care in the world, having the time of their young lives while jumping and playing in rain puddles.

"Healing Waters" was composed as a piano improvisation in the studio on June 17, 2016. The gentle waves of the seashore have always brought me peace.

"Crossroads" was composed on February 12, 2001. Life's journey is not without questions and paths to choose.

"Shelton Rain" was a piano improvisation originally recorded in 1987 during a rainstorm in Shelton, WA. It was first released on one of my contemporary Christian albums in the 1980s.

"Tears of Angels" was composed as a piano improvisation in the studio on June 16, 2016, in memory of those shot and killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. Captured by Dave Heneberry on video, the original improvisation was posted to YouTube on June 22, 2016. Profits from the sale of this track are being donated to the OneOrlando Fund in support of victims' families and survivors.

"Love is Love" was composed on July 14, 2003. Written well before marriage equality became law here in the United States, this love theme was created in hopes that one day, all would indeed have the right to marry whomever they loved.

"Falling Forward" was composed as a piano improvisation and posted to YouTube on January 9, 2014. It represents those times we face obstacles, when the only steps to take are forward...and the inevitability (and willingness) to fall forward in the process.

"Lazy Sky Afternoon" was composed as a piano improvisation in the studio on June 10, 2016. Many of us as children (and some of us, now as adults) have lain on the earth's ground and looked to the sky, and daydreamed through the afternoon.

"Kal-Boy" was composed as a piano improvisation in memory of our 20-year-old cat, Kal, who crossed the rainbow bridge on August 11, 2015. Its recurring melodic motif ("sol-mi" in solfege) represents the same tones to which, when used to call "Kal-Boy," Kal would come running, no matter where he was in the house. The improvisation was posted to YouTube on August 31, 2015.

"Heroes" was composed as a piano improvisation and posted to YouTube on January 7, 2014. Its opening fanfare announces its dedication to all who have lived to serve and protect others.

"Country Harvest" was composed as a piano improvisation and posted to YouTube on January 7, 2014. It was inspired by memories I have from my childhood, working to harvest crops on an Oregon farm in the summertime.

"An Evening in Florence" was composed as a piano improvisation during a concert in Florence, OR, on August 1, 2014. It is dedicated with love and thanks to Kathy and Carol Parsons. The original improvisation was posted to YouTube on November 4, 2014.

"Lullaby for Peace" was composed as a piano improvisation in the studio on June 10, 2016. It is dedicated with love to my parents, Gerald and Margaret Chadburn.

All tracks on "Beyond Words" were composed by Dan Chadburn and performed by Dan Chadburn on a 7' Yamaha piano, recorded by Jeff Gruber at Blue House Productions. Mixing/Mastering by Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Takoma Park. Photos/Videography provided by Dave Heneberry. Album design by Martine Stein. Radio Promotion by Randall Davis and Ruthe Forbriger at The Creative Service Company. Produced by Tom Nichols and Dan Chadburn.

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Sheryl Luxenburg

Dan Chadburn's Beyond Words
Dan Chadburn has successfully nailed another spectacular album. His work is important and relevant, delicate yet complex, dramatic, sophisticated and most of all thought provoking. Over the life of his career, Dan Chadburn has certainly reached the status of one of North America's most accomplished composer and pianist.
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Shoshana Michel

Truly Beyond Words
I have been a fan of Dan Chadburn for a while now, but Beyond Words goes way beyond his other albums. I usually listen to an album and will have my favorites but each track on this album was my favorite. Dan's sensitivity as a pianist, composer, and a person comes through on each track. Each piece is a caress, a whisper, which touches and speaks to your whole being. Beyond Words by Dan Chadburn, simply put. is beyond words.
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Lea Morris

Beyond Words
Aldous Huxley said, "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." This CD is aptly named. Dan's melodies and his touch on the piano help me get back to a part of myself that doesn't require language to express and experience love and beauty.
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Steve

Review from One World Music Radio (www.oneworldmusic.co.uk)
One of those pleasurable musical moments in time is the arrival of a new Dan Chadburn album, and that moment has now arrived and sitting on my desktop, waiting for me to press play, it’s the new release Beyond Words.
So let’s dive in head long into this brand new offering by one of the most sensitive piano performers on the face of the planet, let’s cement that statement further, by letting you listen to the very first track called Awakening. Chadburn’s care and attention to the very important opening offering is so evident to see and feel, solo piano has never sounded so good. The creation of a new beginning and a new day can be felt here with a consummate ease of the ultra-professional that he truly is.
We have been drawn in by the beauty of the preceding piece and now we move with the flow of a new born life, this is wild, young and innocent and a happy childlike energy can be found in the track Joyful Morning.
Healing Waters is up next and has a refrain that I adore. We live close to the sea and so for us a walk along the costal path is very healing, we even meditate there, so naturally I feel in this piece that same energy. Water is healing and here Chadburn has once again drawn us a picture of a scene where those very waves of the ocean lap up and over the heart and souls of our lives and thus impart their gift of healing to us. This is another prime example of Dan Chadburn’s sensitive playing and composing.
One of my favourite compositions from this release is now upon us and called Crossroads. The differing tempo changes and sequences of notes create a track of decisions, which road to take perhaps? There is literally so much going on in this piece I am looking forward to listening to this many times over.
Shelton Rain is special for its simplicity and in the moment reverie. This is a really ambient arrangement that one can imagine was composed while sitting at a window and just creating. Chadburn manifests for us a rain felt moment, where through his window of musical time, he can see everyday life going on by and here he is the master builder of a piece so delicate and organic.
I have to be honest here, I was so moved by the opening tones of Tears of Angels, that I had to research the track information, and now I can see why I was so moved. This composition of such a heartfelt quality was so very respectfully improvised, with respect to the horrific murders at the Pulse night club in Florida. Chadburn’s performance here is deeply moving and I hope will bring a healing moment for all those affected by this tragic event.
As we arrive at the half way stage of the album we come across a track called Love Is Love. One can feel a sense of happiness here of the nature of true love and tenderness, but there also seems to be an underpinned narrative of the struggle of acceptance, this can be found in the powerful segments within this emotive offering.
The curiously entitled Falling Forwards is up next, I would classify that this as one of the most fascinating tracks off the album and seems to go from major to minor with ease, offering us perhaps moments of do we dare, or not. This is almost an opus of the saying, sometimes we have to go back 2 steps to go forward 3. This is truly an ingenious offering that at times almost carries a slight classical motif along with it.
Now, we often have these, Lazy Sky Afternoon. So very descriptive, so very beautiful, the melody is smooth and sun kissed and perfect for those days when we get a few minutes to spare and the blue skies of Cyprus and the alter of the grand sunbed beckons, this is simply blissful.
Kal-Boy, is an interesting composition, it’s a piece filled with happiness, but also tinged with sadness. Chadburn’s skill of performing the most sensitive piece with such grace can really be felt here, this for me is a keepsake in the attic track, a creation created from memory and of course, love.
Heroes has a completely different nature about it, it has a completely different energy about it entirely, the fluency is there, so is the compassion, but through this arrangement, one can feel a performed sense of bravery, perhaps this is an anthem for those who dare to do? Whatever the story, Chadburn gives this track a real sense of empowerment.
This whole album is a journey through the ages, through times good or, not so good, and on Country Harvest one can feel a real sense of an age long gone by, almost like the black and white colour pictures hidden in that box at the back of a cupboard. Chadburn for me has portrayed this end of summer piece perfectly; it has warmth, a certain seasonal melody, and all in all an epoch of a life that has moved onward with a proud reflection and a remembrance of where one has come from.
We now fall into the arms of our penultimate offering and that most delicate of songs is called An Evening in Florence. The flow here is sublime and Dan is playing completely from the heart here, one can almost see a smile on his face as he performs this track, and at the same time filters through the memories that it brings back to him.
The perfect way to end an album of collective memories is with a tune that will ease you into that moment when you manifest that little sigh of contemplation and contentment. This song called Lullaby for Peace does just that.
Dan Chadburn has returned with a collection of tracks, and songs that have been literally his life path for many years and he is now sharing them with you too, moments of love, tenderness, hope, desire and tears can all be felt here.
There are few musicians who can perform compositions like this with the style and sensitivity of Chadburn, and thankfully, now you can enjoy each and every one along that road of life with the artist, thanks to this blissful release called Beyond Words. This really has to be a must get for anyone who has a real taste for beautifully performed and created music from the heart, to the heart.
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Gena

#1-CHARTING PIANIST DAN CHADBURN RETURNS WITH A NEW ALBUM
Dan Chadburn is simply one of the best instrumental pianists in new age music, and his new solo piano recording, BEYOND WORDS, contains 14 original, soft, gentle, melodic and very lovely new tunes. Over the past half-decade, Chadburn has become one of the most beloved pianists in this genre. His albums always go Top 10 on the international Zone Music Reporter Chart, and his last CD DEBUTED at #1 on the prestigious One World Music Radio Chart (based in the U.K. with a worldwide audience).

His music is inspired by the world around him, by loved ones, people he meets, current events and life memories. He takes those thoughts and feelings, sits down at the piano and improvises, and then later refines that emotional output to create the final recording. Take a listen and let the passion and emotionalism of his music wash over you. Especially recommended for anyone who loves top-quality playing on an acoustic grand piano.
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapesradio.com
Dan Chadburn is a pianist and composer who has appeared on several compilation albums dedicated to various charitable causes alongside other notable and well-established pianists in the music scene. His sixth album, ‘Beyond Words’, is comprised of fourteen solo piano compositions, with each piece capturing a moment in time.

“Awakening” begins softly with high-register notes, where Dan initially lends a gentle touch to the keys before lower-register notes soon join in accompaniment. An emotional tenderness and graceful sentimentally is felt throughout the composition, likewise characterizing much of the album. Picking up the pace a notch is “Joyful Morning”, which exudes a distinct air of buoyancy and innocence like that of children playing and skipping about in the sunshine. Following next is the more contemplative “Healing Waters”, a piece that was inspired by an early morning swim at the seashore. One of my favorites, bolder mid-to-lower register chords provide a steady undercurrent for its delicately flowing higher register notes, perhaps to musically illustrate the ocean’s waves gently rolling in and out. The likewise intriguing “Crossroads” is about life’s journey and the varying paths to choose from, which is musically conveyed by its unpredictable melody that gently ebbs and flows throughout, with a subtly changing and evolving pace along its course. My absolute favorite composition herein is “Tears of Angels”, which was composed in memory of those killed and wounded at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12th, 2016. This unforgettable tragedy occurred in my hometown and directly affected the lives of many people in my community. Beginning in a solemn tone, sparse notes and spacious chords impart a sense of sorrowful comfort along the composition’s beautiful and perfectly understated melody. Interestingly, to say the least, its melody caught my attention even before I learned of the song’s inspiration. I’m also particularly fond of “Falling Forward”, which possesses a certain air of mystery and unknowing. The subtly waltzing and classical bent of the composition brings to mind that of a lone ballet dancer. Also especially noteworthy is the emotionally tender “Kal-Boy”, which was written in memory of Dan’s twenty-year-old cat on the evening he crossed the rainbow bridge. Conveying both the sorrow felt for his beloved pet’s passing along with the celebration of his life, this piece perfectly captures the emotions experienced during that most heartbreaking moment. Closing out the album with a peaceful optimism is “Lullaby for Peace”, which Dan has offered as “a prayer of hope for all of humanity to learn to live together”.

Inspired by “the people and events that shape our world”, ‘Beyond Words’ is a deeply sincere and sentimentally imbued recording that subtly varies from gently uplifting to peacefully contemplative moods. Fans, especially, of the solo piano genre will likely find the characteristically non-intrusive and simple elegance of these compositions to be as overall lovely and comforting as I did!
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Beyond Words" is the sixth solo piano release from pianist/composer Dan Chadburn, and I think it’s his best album to date. The fourteen tracks were composed over a period of almost thirty years and were inspired by a wide variety of life experiences that are near and dear to Dan’s heart. A master of piano improvisation, most of these pieces began as improvs at home, in the studio, and in concert (one at my house two years ago!). Chadburn really opens his heart when he plays, and his sincerity and deep emotion communicate so well both live and in his recordings!

All of the tracks on "Beyond Words" are exceptional, but I’ll tell you about a few. The album begins with the beautifully-flowing “Awakening,” a piece that represents that exact moment when you remember someone or something from earlier in life and discover that the strong emotions you felt then are still there. Spilling over with love and tenderness, it’s a wonderful opening! Lively and carefree, “Joyful Morning” suggests a happy innocence and delight in simple things. If my CD player could smile, it would! “Healing Waters” is somewhat more ambient and free-form. It was improvised in the studio and reflects on the peaceful effect of waves on the seashore - so soothing! “Shelton Rain” is the oldest of the pieces on this album and was composed during a rainstorm in Shelton, WA in 1987. It reminds me of sitting by a window watching the rain and allowing your thoughts to drift from one thing to the next. “Tears of Angels” comes from an improvisation in memory of those shot and killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL a few months ago. Proceeds from the sale of this heartbreaking piece will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund (www.OneOrlando.org), a group committed to providing 100% of all money raised directly to victims' families and survivors. It’s an incredible piece and a very worthy cause. “Love is Love” is an emotional love theme that was created with the hope that one day everyone would have the right to marry his or her beloved. Another beautiful expression of passionate emotion, “Falling Forward” addresses those times when the only choice is to move - and fall - forward to get around the obstacles in our way. I really love this one! “Kal-Boy” is a loving tribute to a 20-year-old cat that will touch the heart of anyone who has ever loved a pet. I’m thrilled to say that “An Evening in Florence” began as in improvisation at one of my house concerts in 2014 - the first concert Dan performed here. I remember Dan’s father telling me that it was the first time he had heard Dan play in eight years, so it was an emotional evening in many ways. This lovely piece captures the feelings of love that enveloped the room throughout the concert. “Lullaby for Peace” was improvised in the studio and brings this wonderful album to a serene close.

Dan Chadburn is finally getting more of the name recognition he so deserves and "Beyond Words" is certain to be named as one of the best albums of the year. I guarantee that it will be on my Favorites list for 2016! I give "Beyond Words" my highest recommendation!
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Dyan Garris

Astoundingly Beautiful
To communicate through music is to speak to and with the emotions instead of with the linear movement of thoughts through the mind. Dan Chadburn’s astoundingly beautiful solo piano album, Beyond Words, does exactly this and does it flawlessly. Beyond Words also reminds us of the resounding reasons to still buy a full album in this digital age. This is one you will want to play again and again, perhaps even continuously.

Brimming with exquisite grace and sensitivity, touching our hearts in all directions, this collection of fourteen tracks of original compositions speaks directly to the soul and all that it carries with it throughout its eternal journey.

Each note, each phrase, expertly executed in emotion, timing, temperament, and composition, takes us on our own transportive journey back to peace, where we find ourselves feeling calm, light, loved even, and most importantly reconnected to ourselves and one another on an emotional level. Beyond Words will take you to another place; a place of serene tranquility unlike any other.

That said, the quite extraordinary thing about Beyond Words, and one that may not be readily apparent if you are not familiar with Dan Chadburn’s solo piano artistry, is that most of the compositions on this album are improvised. If you want to see Dan’s remarkable improvisational talent in action for yourself, and garner the full import of this impressive gift, watch the video for the song, An Evening in Florence.

There is so much to like about Beyond Words from beginning to end. In Awakening and in Joyful Morning, Dan’s sensitive compositions, expertly implemented, paint us a picture so vivid we can almost feel ourselves back in childhood; a time when we awoke without a care in the world, with joyful, innocent, and simple anticipation of the day.

Our lives are not flat and linear. We are here to experience the gamut of emotions. As certainly as there are many layers that encompass our soul’s journey, there are multiple, rich layers interwoven throughout the tapestry of Beyond Words that are beyond anything anyone could express in words alone. For example, Tears of Angels, with videography by Dave Heneberry, is an achingly beautiful and loving tribute to the souls who were lost in the Orlando nightclub massacre. You must see the video at http://www.youtube.com/danchadburnmusic. A heartfelt improvisation by Dan Chadburn, Tears of Angels is truly is beyond words. All profits from the sale of the song Tears of Angels are being donated to the OneOrlando Fund, with 100% of the proceeds being provided directly to the victims' families and survivors.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
On his new release, “Beyond Words,” we find pianist/composer Dan coming full circle back to where it all began, with solo piano, after a number of albums that included orchestration. Nine of the tracks on the album are based on improvisations that Dan had recorded over the past 20 years, which he recently transcribed, rehearsed, and re-recorded as original compositions. The album opens with a track called “Awakening.” I love how the piece begins with short phrases surrounded by enough space to create pregnant pauses that draw the listener in, waiting for what comes next. And what follows is a gorgeous heartfelt melody, which I found quite moving. Dan definitely has a flair for “interesting” time signatures, this one alternating between 9/8 and 6/8. The title of the next track, “Joyful Morning,” certainly conveys the mood of the piece, which Dan describes as suggesting carefree scenes of childhood.

Much of Dan’s music is quite personal, and perhaps none as much as his track “Tears of Angels,” which was written in response to hearing about the Orlando shooting. All proceeds from the sale of this track are being donated to The OneOrlando Fund (www.OneOrlando.org), a fund which is committed to providing 100% of all money being raised directly to victims’ families and survivors. As can be imagined, the song is quite evocative in its wistful melody. Dan also digs deep emotionally on a powerfully moving tune called “Kal-boy,” which is a tribute to a stray cat that Dan and Tom adopted and lived with them for many years before he passed on a year ago. Be sure to have some tissues on hand when listening to this one.

While Dan is highly educated in terms of music theory and technique, and is by any measure, an exquisitely skilled player, what comes through in his music is an emotional acuity with the power to move one to tears, or uplift the spirit in joy. Sometimes understated, and sometimes not, Dan does not seem to focus on being flashy or ornate in order to show off his skill, but creates stunningly beautiful melodies that resonate with the heart and soul of the listener. “Beyond Words” reflects a rainbow of feelings that reveal the emotional empathy and deep sensitivity of this most talented artist and musical communicator.


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