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by Deborah Offenhauser

Deborah's most ambitious recording doesn't disappoint with 13 originals showcasing jazz, New Age, World, neo-classical and contemporary instrumentals, all recorded with L.A.'s finest engineer James Linahon and soulful sidemen!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Decidedly Joyful
5:23 $1.29
2. Free Radical
4:18 $1.29
3. Nothing Can Touch You Now
6:13 $1.29
4. Irrational Exuberance
6:57 $1.29
5. Tanz
5:03 $1.29
6. Spacial Palace
3:40 $1.29
7. Through a Glass Darkly
6:04 $1.29
8. Rosemont Theme
4:54 $1.29
9. Air
4:02 $1.29
10. The Gloaming
4:43 $1.29
11. It Is Written
5:04 $1.29
12. Tanninim
6:06 $1.29
13. The Wonderful Unfoldment of Blue
3:23 $1.29
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Album Notes
Eclectic music is at its best, with Deborah's latest creation "Soundscapes". These Contemporary Instrumental pieces range from Jazz to Neo-Classical and from New Age to World music. You'll want the entire album to savor and listen to over and over again. Here are just a few comments from Grammy nominees and publishers:


"Deb, "Soundscapes" came out superbly - extremely creative, a total "new age" place for your skills. Really some wonderful melodies and spaces on this new endeavor by you… impressive! It's an outstanding 1st class creative project that shows real artistry and serious depth as a composer."
James Linahon (engineer for many Grammy nominees), Los Angeles, California

"[As your sound designer], your music was a delight to arrange. It is inspiring and calming for the mind at the same time."
Markus Burger, Germany

"Slow cooking makes delicious music meals. You now have given birth to a new treasure for the world to enjoy. Your music and talent is great.
Suzan Bader of DSM (Decidedly Superior Music) Publishing Company

"Bravo to you for your fine work."
Peter Link CEO & Creative Director Watchfire Music



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Candice Michelle

A versatile composer and performer
Deborah Offenhauser is a formally trained pianist and composer whose resume boasts an impressive list of accomplishments. Among these she has performed with renowned artists such as Isola Jones, The Four Lads, The Moody Blues and more, as well as having played piano with numerous Broadway shows. Additionally, Deborah’s music has landed various spots on television networks ABC, CBS and The Weather Channel in popular hit shows. More so, she is a highly versatile musician who also plays classical organ, mandolin, 5-string banjo, guitar and violin. Comprised of 13 compositions spanning a little over 65 minutes, Deborah’s latest album, Soundscapes, is a multi-instrumentalist ensemble project that integrates styles of jazz, classical, contemporary instrumental and world music while also incorporating elements of avant-garde and minimalist music.

“Decidedly Joyful” leads the album with a softly steady drumbeat and additional percussion possessing a tropical flair, which is subtly enhanced by the sound of ocean waves and sprinkling chimes. A leisurely, optimistic tune characterized by notable jazz influences, we’re soon introduced to an acoustic ensemble led by piano followed by saxophone and then ultimately flute. The next piece, “Free Radical”, incorporates classical strings that lend it a cinematic quality while also employing some buzzing synthesized textures along the way. Moving through different melodic and rhythmic phases, the piece transitions much like a short medley. The subsequent “Tanz” is my favorite composition on the album, beginning with nocturnal forest sounds and tinkling piano notes that immediately bring-to-mind a lush jungle. Resonating gong introduces Indian tabla and a subtle drumbeat, before an oboe ensues on lead melody playing an exotic, almost mid-eastern sounding scale, ultimately giving this world-tinged piece an intriguing journey-like feel. The minimalist “Spacial Palace” follows with ambient field noise that includes chirping birds, traffic sounds, human chatter and footsteps. More akin to a soundscape than a song, the piece is lightly adorned with various keyboard notes and effects, which eventually introduce a xylophone-type melody imbued with an East Asian feel. Next is “Through a Glass Darkly”, an elegant piece infused with neoclassical elements; it opens with singing birds and dreamy tonal waves that eventually lead into a more straightforward piano melody.

Appearing near the end of the album is another notable piece entitled “It Is Written”, which features piano, oboe and classical strings with soft brushes of acoustic guitar adding a perfect touch. Concluding with rolling waves and singing birds, the piece simultaneously conveys a sense of both solitary peace and tender romanticism. Following it up is “Tanninim”, another environmental passage characterized by chimes, string plucks and a repeating drum pulse throughout. And finally, the closing track, “The Wonderful Unfoldment of Blue”, reverts again to a more orchestral motif. Despite its title, the overall solemn, classical nature of this piece feels more visually evocative of vintage objects and photos in grainy black-and-white.

A musical chameleon of sorts, Deborah Offenhauser’s style is eclectic and hard to pigeonhole, which speaks to her versatility as both composer and performer. In conclusion, Soundscapes will likely most appeal to fans of neoclassical and contemporary instrumental music that possesses a uniquely experimental edge!

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Soundscapes" is the eighth album from pianist/composer Deborah Offenhauser, an artist whose credits include playing with such diverse musicians as Isola Jones, The Moody Blues and Frankie Laine as well as having her music featured on TV shows like “Desperate Housewives,” “Madam Secretary” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Offenhauser’s music career spans more than thirty years and includes playing the piano for a number of touring Broadway shows as well as teaching. "Soundscapes" is my first experience (that I am aware of) with Offenhauser’s music, and I’m more than impressed with her versatility and the broad range of musical styles presented in the album’s thirteen tracks. Many of the pieces include nature sounds - birds, water, etc. - in addition to the piano and ensemble musicians. (I have to admit that I get a little tired of the nature sounds, but that’s just me.) Most pieces have an optimistic spirit and the majority of them are quite melodic. A few tracks are more abstract and atmospheric, but all thirteen have a colorful story to tell.

"Soundscapes" begins with “Decidedly Joyful,” one of my favorites on the album. Warm and relaxed with a smooth jazz vibe, the instrumentation includes piano, percussion, bass, flute and sax. Slinky, exotic and slightly mysterious, it’s a great opener! “Free Radical” begins quietly with a gentle rhythm, but about mid-way becomes much more vibrant and exciting and then returns to the quiet side with the sounds of water and birds as well as piano, strings, keyboard and light percussion. “Nothing Can Touch You Now” is very dreamy and atmospheric for the extended intro and then becomes a beautiful ballad for piano, strings, bass and light percussion - another favorite. “Irrational Exuberance” (great title!) is bright and, well, exuberant! Strings and flute join the piano in a playful exchange that expresses the pure joy of making music. “Tanz” takes on an Eastern vibe with gongs and other exotic instruments along with keyboard, piano, strings and voices. “Rosemont Theme” is a lovely piece for piano, strings, oboe and guitar. Graceful and often poignant, I really like this one, too! “Air” begins as an acoustic guitar solo, becoming a classically-styled duet with the piano, and later adding cello for an even more classical sound. “The Gloaming” is darker and more abstract — sounding like it would be appropriate in a scary movie. There are lots of sound effects in this one plus piano, cello, and a variety of percussion instruments. It shows another aspect of Offenhauser’s composing abilities, but it’s kind of weird! “It Is Written” is much calmer and more peaceful, with sounds of the ocean, guitar and orchestral instrumentation. The piano joins the ensemble later in the piece, which could easily be part of a soundtrack - also a favorite. “Tanninim (Sea Creatures)” is interesting and would probably be really effective with visuals, but is kind of dark and murky without them. “The Wonderful Unfoldment” also has a soundtrack feeling with soulful oboe and cello leading the way over other strings - a peaceful close to the album.

"Soundscapes" is a great introduction to the music of Deborah Offenhauser! Check it out!

Dyan Garris

Beautiful Album!
Album review by Dyan Garris for New Age

Deborah Offenhauser’s album, “Soundscapes,” is a masterful blend of a variety of sounds and superb ensemble instrumentation, combining elements of smooth jazz, neo-classical piano, World music, and New Age.

This contemporary instrumental album is an enticing cornucopia of thirteen compelling, original compositions from Offenhauser, a multi-instrumentalist, who has an impressive musical career spanning thirty years. “Soundscapes,” which is an exciting and deliciously different album, seems a natural segue for both us as listeners and for this artist. The album is over one full hour of intriguing compositions sure to hold your attention and captivate both your imagination and your heart.

Deborah’s career milestones include piano performances for Broadway tours of West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, A Chorus Line, Oliver, Sound of Music, Peter Pan, Nutcracker, Miss Saigon, The King and I, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Producers, Mama Mia, Hairspray, and The Full Monty,

The album has the kind of vibe and verve that is well suited to music licensing, TV, and film soundtracks. So it is not entirely surprising that Deborah’s music has been heard on many hit TV shows as well as The Weather Channel.

That she can play the piano and play it very well, is obvious. This album, however, is an intriguing piece of artistry that’s a little out of the box, and showcases her growth, range, and immense talent as an artist and composer.

“Soundscapes” was recorded with renowned, Los Angeles based sound engineer, artist, and producer, James Linahon, whose work has included several well-known and major award-winning projects.

The album begins with “Decidedly Joyful,” which is as might be expected, decidedly joyful. Smoothly flowing, with incorporated jazz elements, percussion, and other instrumentation, mixed expertly with piano, it’s one of my favorites on this album.

Following on track 2 is the tantalizing “Free Radical.” It’s a lush landscape, infused with nature sounds, piquant piano melodies, strings, and various other interesting electronica and instrumentation along the way. There is nothing boring about this composition which is constantly changing, holding our interest all the way through. In fact, the whole album is that way.

“Nothing Can Touch You Now” is one of my favorite songs on this album. Again, there is nothing remotely mundane here, and this is truly brilliant in every way. The track begins with soothing nature sounds, which evoke initial feelings of a rainforest. Strings, and other pleasant aural elements are introduced, before the whole thing opens magnificently onto a lush, and richly textured expanse of completely gorgeous piano and more. Gently flowing and moving, one could listen to this song over and over again and never tire of it in this lifetime.

Aptly named is “Irrational Exuberance” on track 4 with its playful, percolating, plucky strings, flute, and piano. The subsequent “Tanz” is mysterious and worldly, with an awesome atmosphere of the exotic East. In continuance of the World music style, is “Spatial Palace,” which initially transports us to what could be a busy outdoor marketplace. The piece is Asian in flavor, tantalizing and enticing us with what comes next.

Starting off softly and gently and then becoming quite big and grand is “Through a Glass Darkly” on track 7. This is a richly layered, fascinating composition full of passion and emotion.

Dreamy, twinkling piano along with otherworldly, atmospheric percussion, introduce the piece “Rosemont Theme,” which one might possibly construe as being kind of eerie. However, just when you may be thinking or feeling that, the composition evolves into a stunningly beautiful piano melody. Warm strings and more soon accompany. This is a diverse, breathlessly outstanding piece, and one to get completely immersed in.

“Air” is a delightful and melodic tune. This begins with guitar, airy and light, and capturing the emotions of what it might feel like to be light as air. As the song progresses and takes shape, we are led to imagine air perhaps evolving into a body of sorts. Ultimately, then, air returns to its natural state of being, fanciful and free. Another truly interesting composition.

Next up is “The Gloaming” with its somber, but still sparkly evocations of mystery and suspense. How you perceive this piece depends upon how you view twilight in general. It would make an excellent soundtrack to a movie thriller or horror film as would the song “Tanninim” (meaning “sea monsters” or “creatures of the sea), on track 12.

As far as I know, any kind of darkness is always followed by the dawn, and “It Is Written” is very well-placed here after “The Gloaming,” as track 11. “It Is Written” is one of the most exquisitely beautiful songs on “Soundscapes,” and my absolute favorite in all aspects. Supremely relaxing, its movement is graceful and flowing. As rich and as multi-textured as the rest of the compositions on the album, and possibly written with film in mind, this one speaks directly to the heart in a poignant, tender, and powerful way. Just gorgeous through and through.

“The Wonderful Unfoldment of Blue” winds up Deborah Offenhauser’s thoroughly enjoyable “Soundscapes.” Somewhat somber, yet also peaceful at the same time, it’s a good way to exit this notable and refreshing album.

Steve Sheppard

from One World Music Radio
A new day begins and with new music to enjoy, the album in question today is Soundscapes by Deborah Offenhauser, and it is indeed a very pleasant musical journey we are about to take.
Offenhauser has a long legacy of musical history, and her prowess has been seen on many TV shows and stages around the world; here on Soundscapes, she brings to our musical table one of the most inspiring works in the contemporary instrumental field we will have seen, or heard, in a very long time.
This voyage of ultra-tone and style starts with Decidedly Joyful, a composition that has a perfect vibrant start to the album and a colourful arrangement that just continues to build throughout, a little drama, a fine sax, and an all empowering piano, this is simply perfection.
The artist then follows that up with Free Radical, a mournful repose can be found here, a reflective energy abounds, and Offenhauser’s piano is delightful in all that it creates, at the half way juncture a synth cuts in, and the tempo is empowered to an extent that one could feel that something is literally being born here, this flow calms down to a lush and natural sense of ambience, a very clever track indeed.
I adore the sounds of nature on the piece Nothing Can Touch You Now. The mood created is serene and calm, the keyboards and flute manifest a musical sanctuary of the soul, there is a gentle build, which ushers in the piano of Offenhauser, who then manifests a musical narrative that would sit well within any film score.
At the start of many of the pieces so far, we have been welcomed in by a sound of nature, in this case what seems to be a bonfire with a horse running past, and then the smooth keyboards create a feeling of early morning, with suspense hanging in the background of an exciting new day. At just short of seven minutes Irrational Exuberance is the longest offering on the album and is easily the most intriguing, the strings here give us an essence of constant forward movement, and as always Offenhauser’s piano is chief narrator of this quite amazing composition.
The sounds of a hot night greet our ears with the creatures of the forest beginning their serenade at sunset. A very eastern feel can be felt on Tanz, one that is not too dissimilar from some of the more folk styled music we get here in the Cypriot mountain villages. The energy of the dance is within this piece and the deep and powerful percussion partners the piano of Offenhauser brilliantly, while the actuality of the location is more than likely North African in origin.
One of the most fascinating pieces is Spacial Palace; we start with a combination of natural sounds and the energy of humanity’s unceasing bustle. The keyboards then create a sense of time passing and a movement away from the world as we know it, a new journey of an outer worldly essence begins, and this is all captured beautifully within a bubble of wonderment and excitement.
The most artistic title is upon us know, Through A Glass Darkly is up next. The grounding energies of nature surround us, and then the track takes on an almost Temple in the Forest feel by David Neagle in its early stages. The arrangement then increases in both tempo and intent and ends up leaving us with what could be described as one of the most picturesque and anthem like compositions on the entire album.
On Rosemont Theme, we have another intriguing narrative, one that has an element of suspense and mystery within its construction, but a slow change appears to move us away from the essence of apprehension, to a happier and calming arrangement. The strings here almost create a sense of romance for us to enjoy, as the piece resolves its earlier tension.
The guitar on Air is simply delightful and adds a light and peaceful segway to, and into, the overall narrative of the piece, the piano and guitar here seem to literally dance with each other on this really cheer filled opus of happiness, spinning each other around and around, with smiles of the faces of all in attendance.
That period after sunset, but before the shroud of the night is now upon us and aptly called The Gloaming. You will find yourself listening to this piece intently, so you will not miss a single nuance. Offenhauser has created a real twilight of a piece that perfectly reflects that sense of impending darkness of night, with a little hint of mystery stirred into the musical pot for good measure, listen to the strings in this offering, they are the creators of this fascinating mood filled narrative.
Morning has broken and the waves calmly roll up to the sands of time and as such a new opportunity is now upon us, so let us bathe in that moment with the composition It Is Written. This is a beautiful arrangement; the multi instrumental nature of this composition is sublime in creating a feeling that anything is possible for us, the co-creators of the planet.
This has been a truly captivating voyage of sight and sound, now on this, the penultimate offering, we come across a composition called Tanninim, and we can dive into the deepest oceans to enjoy its energies, mingling as we do with the other sea creatures. The ambience manifested here is clever and also fashions a reality of a vast underwater realm, with great skill and intelligence.
We now finally dock our musical boat at the port of one of the most atmospheric albums I have heard for some time, and the artist will gift us one last composition to take with us on our way. That arrangement is entitled The Wonderful Unfoldment Of Blue. This is the ideal track to leave us with; a calming and tranquil narrative can be found here, the limitless essence of this opus is so appealing, and one can also hear a sense of appreciation and gratitude here too.
Soundscapes is well named, it also has to be one of the most unique releases I have heard this year, the performances, the production, the quality and styles are all simply perfection in every aspect of musical awareness. Deborah Offenhauser has built an album here that will take each and every listener on a musical voyage of wide eyed wonderment and bliss, all done so with the consummate ease of a true professional.