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Love Themes for Solo Piano

by Dan Chadburn

An inspiring collection which beautifully expresses and affirms the universal gift of love...
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Starlit Waltz
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2. Gentle Touch
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3. Cherished
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4. Stillness
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5. Newborn Joy
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6. Timeless
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7. Grounded
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8. Stars Above Sedona
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9. Longing
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10. Reminisce
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11. Unconditional
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12. Grateful
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13. Shalom
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Dan Chadburn's latest album, "Love Themes for Solo Piano," is an expressive collection which explores and affirms the beautiful gift of love. Recorded at Joe Bongiorno's Piano Haven Studio in Sedona, AZ in June, 2019, several of its tracks, including "Starlit Waltz," "Cherished," "Stillness," "Grounded," "Stars Above Sedona," and "Shalom," were extemporaneously composed and recorded directly onto the album. Other tracks, including "Gentle Touch," "Newborn Joy," "Reminisce," and "Grateful," were improvisations previously created in concert settings, subsequently transcribed onto sheet music, and then -- with the use of the music -- played again in the studio for the recording. The three remaining tracks on the album, "Timeless," "Longing," and "Unconditional," were not improvisations but rather traditionally composed prior to recording.

From the album's liner notes:

"Love has many themes...Love is mysterious...Love inspires awe...Love is gentle...Love is cherished...Love listens in the stillness...Love is joy...Love is timeless...Love is steadfast...Love is beautiful...Love is longing...Love remembers what is good...Love is unconditional...Love is gratitude...Love is peace..."

Dan has dedicated "Love Themes for Solo Piano" to his husband and musical partner, Tom Nichols. The closing track on the album, "Shalom," is dedicated to Dan's mother, Margaret, who passed away during production.

Producers: Tom Nichols and Dan Chadburn
Recording/Mixing/Mastering: Joe Bongiorno - Piano Haven (Sedona, AZ)
Album Design: Martine Stein
Front Cover Photography: Julie Nevue
Back Cover Photography: Ric Ide
Radio and Media Promotion: Sherry Finzer - Higher Level Media


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Kathy Parsons

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"Love Themes For Solo Piano" is the ninth solo piano album from Dan Chadburn, and although I think I’ve said this with each of Dan’s releases, this could be his best album yet. I was fortunate to be able to see and hear Dan perform several of the pieces from the album when he did a house concert here in August (a fund-raiser for our local Humane Society), so I knew the album was going to be something very special - and it is! I have been reviewing Dan’s music since his 1998 debut, "Solo Piano," and he continues to be one of my favorite pianist/composers. His music is always eloquent, spiritual and deeply emotional, expressing what’s in his heart in a way that is easy to “get” yet reveals more of itself each time you listen. The title, "Love Themes For Solo Piano," suggests romantic music like that often found in movie soundtracks, and there are pieces that are romantic in scope, but the themes reflect a variety of kinds of love that include family, friends, pets and places. The album is dedicated to Dan’s husband and musical partner, Tom Nichols.

The thirteen tracks on "Love Themes For Solo Piano" were created in a variety of ways. Six were improvised in the studio, four were born as improvisations and were then transcribed into sheet music and “learned” before going to the studio, and three were composed using a pencil and paper before the recording sessions. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Piano Haven Studio in Sedona, AZ, and I don’t think Joe Bongiorno’s Shigeru Kawai piano has ever sounded better.

All of the pieces on the album are special in their own way, but I’ll tell you about a few. The opening track, “Starlit Waltz,” is one of the pieces created spontaneously in the studio. Warm, graceful and overflowing with tenderness, it’s a wonderful beginning. The delicate and almost fragile “Gentle Touch” is one of those pieces you hope will never end. “Stillness” is so peaceful that I think my blood pressure dropped about ten points. It feels like those perfect moments when everything seems calm and relaxed, whether it’s being outside when there is no wind, snuggled under a cozy quilt, or just feeling very serene within. “Newborn Joy” was created in my living room during a house concert about ten minutes after the birth of Dan’s and Tom’s great nephew was born. Delicate yet joyful, it is truly a celebration of a family event! “Timeless” has an interesting story. The first of two parts was composed on 3/21/98. The second section was composed on 3/21/17, but Dan didn’t know that until he saw the dates on the transcription. Passionate and very beautiful, it’s a favorite. “Stars Above Sedona” is tranquility set to music. “Unconditional” was inspired while watching Molly, Dan and Tom’s dog, sleeping on the couch. Relaxed and utterly peaceful, it beautifully expresses that special love we feel for our pets. “Grateful” was also created during a house concert here and feels like a warm, lingering hug. The closing track, “Shalom,” is an improvisation created in memory of Dan’s mother, who passed away earlier this year - a loving tribute to a woman who gave so much and a lovely close to a truly great album!

"Love Themes For Solo Piano" is definitely a Favorite Album of 2019!
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Dyan Garris

Album Review by Dyan Garris
"The music on “Love Themes for Solo Piano,” is distinctly, unmistakably Dan Chadburn, flowing and sweeping, while exuding rich textures and tender emotion from the heart." – Dyan Garris

“Love Themes for Solo Piano” is the 8th album in the New Age genre from the exceptional composer and improvisational piano player, Dan Chadburn. Even though this is some of the most romantic solo piano you’ll ever hear, the album is an expressive collection – 13 tracks – which explores and affirms the beautiful gift of love in all its various forms.

Hailing from Oregon, the multiple award-winning, Dan Chadburn, began studying classical piano at a young age. He now holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, as well as a Master of Music in Electroacoustic Composition. He has composed music for television, as well as working as a session musician and pianist. One of his most remarkable musical gifts is the ability to create music in the moment as a response to the stimuli of environment and emotion.

“Love Themes for Solo Piano” was recorded at Piano Haven Studio in Sedona, Arizona, with several of the tracks being extemporaneously composed and recorded as single takes. Three tracks on the album (“Timeless,” “Longing,” and “Unconditional”), were traditionally composed prior to the recording session in Sedona.

The music is distinctly Dan, flowing and sweeping, exuding rich textures and tender emotion from the heart. The entire album exudes the vibration of love, so Dan has definitely hit the mark here.

The album opens with the very pretty, “Starlit Waltz,” which was an improvisation in the recording session. This is graceful and evocative. Just beautiful. I don’t know how he does that. Truly astounding.

Following is “Gentle Touch,” which is just that. You can feel it on your body and in your soul. “Cherished” is another piece that was improvised in Sedona. This feels like a tender lullaby. Super relaxing. And did I say, “astounding?” Yes, I did. Because his gift of improvisation is beyond amazing.

“Stillness” is 3 minutes of peace to the mind, body, and spirit. “Newborn Joy” speaks to the hope and happiness of new life. We can really bliss-out with “Timeless.” Gentle, tender, and very tranquil. “Grounded” brings us back to Earth, then, with its effective use of both lower and upper registers of the piano, but in a totally good way.

Have you ever been to Sedona? It’s a magical place. “Stars Above Sedona” perfectly captures that enchanting feeling. Anyone who has ever felt deep longing for another person - or anything - actually, will find serene solace in the beautiful, “Longing.” “Reminisce” is a truly beautiful piece that deeply touched my heart. At 2:43 I wanted it to be longer. Just gorgeous, every note.

“Unconditional” is sweet and passionate. This is a piece that was “traditionally” composed. I can’t decide if Dan’s improvisations are best or if the traditional compositions are better. I should say, don’t choose between the two, because they are all just astonishingly lovely. The graceful and flowing, “Grateful” opens the heart to the awesomeness of love and life.

The album ends with the tender and touching, “Shalom,” which was also an improvisation in the recording session. The song is dedicated to Dan’s mother, Margaret, who passed away during album production. This one gave me chills. I think Margaret can hear it over there on the other side. Beautiful tribute.

I found it completely impossible to choose a favorite on this album, because it’s all superbly wonderful. “Love Themes for Solo Piano” is the perfect gift for yourself or any loved one.
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Dan Chadburn's best album yet
In 2017, one of the shining lights on the early 21st century contemporary solo piano scene, Dan Chadburn released Held In The Light—a collection of traditional, sacred hymns, some dating back to the 1800’s and all reinterpreted in Dan’s instrumental piano style. Bringing his music to yet another level, in 2019 Dan dazzled the music world with a new offering called Love Themes For Solo Piano, a CD of all new material released on his Dan Chadburn Music label. Dedicated to Dan’s husband, music partner / co-producer, and singer-songwriter Tom Nichols, the 45-minute, 13-song Love Themes For Solo Piano was recorded by mixing / mastering engineer Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven recording studios in Sedona, Arizona. A most worthy continuation of the sonic spirit captured on Dan’s other recent album releases—including his 2016 album Beyond Words and the previously mentioned Held In The Light—the 2019 release of Love Themes For Solo Piano features 13 newly recorded tracks with the focus upon Dan's improvisational piano styles, and drawn from a collection of New Age, easy-listening, yet totally modern sounding, neoclassical arrangements. As always, Dan’s calling card is his flowing piano style, with improvised piano-centric patterns merging with exquisite compositional ideas.
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