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Tranquil Times

by Darlene Koldenhoven

Beautiful, relaxing, instrumental melodic themes and atmosphere.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Lucid See
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2. Eternal Love
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3. Greensleeves
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4. Hypogeum
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5. Surrender
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6. Drifting With Bach
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7. A Walk in Paradise
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8. Atmosphere
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Darlene Koldenhoven: Producer, Composer, Pianist, Arranger, Synthesist, Programmer, Orchestrator, Background Vocalist, Engineer, Crystal Singing Bowls #1,4,8. Cover Photographer & Graphics. Courtney Jacob: Flute #5,#7; Mike Miller: Guitar; Steve Shepherd: Engineer, Mixing, Mastering. TimeArt Studio.

From melodic to atmospheric, 8 Tracks of beautiful, relaxing instrumental music good for background, dining, relaxing, reading, meditation, and your wild imagination.

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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Grammy Award winner Darlene Koldenhoven, who acted with Whoopi Goldberg in the Sister Act movies and sang on Yanni's Live at the Acropolis concert special, gives her angelic vocals a rest to showcase her impressive musicianship in her first all-instrumental release.

Deservedly named the Best New Age Album at the 13th annual Independent Music Awards, the CD is a prime example of quintessential new age music at its most pure. Koldenhoven's lyrical compositions are just heavenly, brought to life beautifully by Koldenhoven's graceful touch on piano and synthesizer.

Koldenhoven's keyboard constructs are embellished further by the talents of Courtney Jacob on flute and Mike Miller on guitar on two tracks each. The addition of these sounds provides sonic seasoning to Koldenhoven's musical entrees.

If you're looking for a CD to take you away, this is it.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Tranquil Times" is an all-instrumental recording from Darlene Koldenhoven, a singer, producer, composer, pianist, arranger, orchestrator, programmer, and vocal teacher/coach (whew!) probably best-known for her stunning vocals on Yanni’s "Live at the Acropolis" tour (“Aria”). Darlene’s work can be heard in hit films (most notably "Sister Act" and "Sister Act II"), and in hundreds of movies, records, commercials, live events, concerts, and television shows, making her one of the most sought-after musicians in the entertainment industry. A Grammy winner and three-time nominee, it’s exciting that Koldenhoven is taking her music into new territory rather than sticking to the tried and true. Seven of the eight compositions on "Tranquil Times" are original, and the styles range from melodic to ambient space music, again demonstrating her versatility and creativity as an artist. There are no vocals on this album, and Koldenhoven is joined on two tracks each by Courtney Jacob on flute and Mike Miller on guitar.

"Tranquil Times" begins with “Lucid See,” reprised from Koldenhoven’s 2012 release, "Solitary Treasures," and nominated as Best New Age Song by the Independent Music Awards. Tranquility itself, this beautiful opener is performed on piano, guitar (Miller), gentle percussion, and Koldenhoven’s crystal singing bowls, setting the mood of the album. “Eternal Love” continues with melodic piano and orchestration, creating a blissful mood of warmth and contentment - could be a great movie theme! The one cover tune is an elegant and sweeping arrangement of “Greensleeves” - love it! “Hypogeum” again features Koldenhoven on crystal bowls as well as piano; additional instrumentation comes via keyboards (flutes, percussion, strings). A bit darker and more mysterious, I really like this one, too! The classically-influenced “Surrender” features Courtney Jacob on flute. Piano and orchestration make this piece magical and swoon-worthy - beautiful! “Drifting With Bach” is a clever and hypnotic merging of ambient and atmospheric sounds with symphonic orchestrations interspersed with themes from some of JS Bach’s works. “A Walk in Paradise” is a dreamy piece that again features Courtney Jacob on flute and Mike Miller on guitar. Evoking visions of lush foliage, warm sun, a peaceful ocean or whatever your own definition of “paradise” is, this is peace set to music. “Atmosphere” is a 12-minute track that would probably be classified as “space music.” Suggestions of vast, dark open space punctuated with bright twinkling stars bring the sensation of floating easily through space without fear or concern. Quite different from the rest of the album, it brings the album to a relaxed and tranquil close.

"Tranquil Times" is a fascinating musical journey and one that should bring Darlene Koldenhoven a much bigger audience. Check it out!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
On her new release “Tranquil Times,” Grammy winning vocalist Darlene Koldenhoven rests her golden voice and draws on other aspects of her professional skills as a pianist, synthesist, composer, arranger, orchestrator, and producer. Hearing Darlene’s piano playing exposed like this without being in the background of her vocals was a revelation. I wasn’t fully aware that her skills as a pianist were so prodigious and the blazing descending run that concludes the first track certainly put an exclamation point on that fact. Her version of “Greensleeves,” the only non-original tune on the album, is one of the most lavish renditions of this song that I’ve heard. The mélange of piano, strings, flute, bells, and symphonic percussion lift this well-loved folk melody to majestic heights.

One of my favorite pieces was “Drifting With Bach,” which combined some surprising elements. The first sounds heard are flowing water and what, to my ear, sounded like an Indonesian bamboo instrument called an angklung that added a bit of earthiness to the aquatic ambiance of the composition. The piece evolves through various movements ranging from light and airy, to more orchestrated with a rich blend of strings, woodwinds, harp, and synthesizer accents. The album draws to conclusion with “Atmosphere” a deeply meditative soundscape with wind sounds, flute, crystal bowl, and a variety of ethereal electronic textures, which it reminded me a bit of the spacious ambient music of Steve Roach. I appreciated its serene vibe and the floating feeling I was left with by the end - tranquil times indeed.

While Darlene’s skills as a pianist are formidable to say the least, I really can’t emphasize enough how impressed I am with her work as a composer, orchestrator, and arranger. Her compositions feel exquisitely crafted and expertly produced. In this regard, the music exudes a polished elegance as well as deep feeling and passionate delivery. There is a cinematic quality to her music, which could easily lend it to being used in a film soundtrack. While “Tranquil Times” provides a rich listening experience to the ear, it is equally evocative to the minds eye, stimulating luminous inner visual imagery from one track to the next. Although Darlene has the voice of an angel, it is wonderful to see her spreading her wings to reveal her other equally impressive musical gifts.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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