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Darlene Koldenhoven | Chromatones

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by Darlene Koldenhoven

Chromatones is intensely colorful, original, melodic, Instrumental New Age/Ambient music.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Golden Dawn
4:11 $0.99
2. Mourning Doves
4:20 $0.99
3. Red Savannah
5:47 $0.99
4. Swans on the Seine
6:00 $0.99
5. Terra Affirma
3:46 $0.99
6. Native Bloom
6:04 $0.99
7. Vibrant Worlds
5:00 $0.99
8. Chromatones
4:50 $0.99
9. Prism of Time
4:29 $0.99
10. Painted Desert
4:31 $0.99
11. Waltzing in Planetary Time
5:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
Chromatones is a purely instrumental New Age album by GRAMMY-Winner Darlene Koldenhoven, based on the music of her previous multi-award-wining New Age vocal CD, Color Me Home. Great for focusing at work, dining, driving, relaxing, yoga . . . Chromatones has 54 minutes of 11 enchanting, all original compositions, brilliantly arranged for instruments only and performed on piano and synth keyboards by Darlene and her Guest Artists including GRAMMY-Winners Tom Scott, Brent Fischer, Wouter Kellerman, Ricky Kej, Charlie Bisharat; GRAMMY Nominees David Arkenstone and Rocky Dawuni, and fourteen more award-winning artists. Steve Shepherd mixed, Ricky Kej/Vanil Veigas mastered. Also a licensed sonic therapist, Darlene personally produced the music for maximum calming, focusing, restorative benefits while listening.



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Kathy Parsons

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Still aglow from her Best Vocal Album of 2017 award (Zone Music Reporter) for "Color Me Home" (plus seventeen other awards and thirty-two nominations to date), Darlene Koldenhoven releases "Chromatones," an album of all-instrumental arrangements of the music from "Color Me Home." Most of the guest artists from "Color Me Home" appear on "Chromatones," too, but this isn’t a re-release of the first album with the vocals removed. The eleven new arrangements are based on the music from the first album and have been re-titled. With Darlene at the piano and keyboards with her amazing group of nineteen guest artists, "Chromatones" is pure instrumental magic that is sure to lift your spirit as it soothes your soul. Also a certified sonic therapist, Darlene produced the music for maximum calming, focusing and restorative benefits. Just to clarify, this isn’t ear candy or fluff music - all of the pieces have a full, rich sound and fit as well in the foreground as they do in the background. Overflowing with warmth and grace, I think we have a winner here!

"Chromatones" begins with the sound of the ocean and seabirds and then segues into “Golden Dawn,” a magical piece that features Darlene on piano, Tom Boyd on oboe, Courtney Jacob on flute and Charlie Bisharat on violin. Very light and gently optimistic, it’s a great opener! “Mourning Doves” moves to cooler, more poignant tones, with Jacob and Bisharat plus Lyn Bertles supplying additional strings - gorgeous! “Red Savannah” features the inimitable Wouter Kellerman on flute, bass flute and fife along with Brent Fischer on vibes and marimba and Rocky Dawuni on percussion. Both soaring and soothing, I love this one! “Swans on the Seine” is as smooth and graceful as the title suggests and is primarily a clarinet and flute duet performed by Tom Scott and Gayle Levant respectively. The beautifully haunting “Native Bloom” is a Native American-styled piece that features John Sarantos on Native flute and Darlene on piano and keyboards as well as Native drums and shaker - also a favorite. The title track includes the talents of David Arkenstone, Ricky Kej and Vanil Veigas with a bigger, more cinematic sound that soars and sparkles. My favorite piece on the album is the velvety-smooth “Prism of Time.” Piano, flute (Jacob) and harp (Levant) combine to create a dreamscape of blissful peace - a massage for the mind. “Waltzing in Planetary Time” brings this lovely album to serene close with piano, guitars (Mike Miller), oboe and English horn (Earle Dumler), and flutes and piccolo (Joanne Lazzaro).

I fully expect Darlene Koldenhoven to be in the running for many awards and nominations for "Chromatones" next year! I think her tenth album is her best to date and give it an enthusiastic two-thumbs up! Very highly recommended!