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by Karen Olson

Karen Olson's classically oriented fusion has New Age and World Music influences that weave the music and energy together to open your heart as you feel a sense of balance, peace and joy.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sunrise's Invocation
5:26 $0.99
2. For the Kid At Heart
3:56 $0.99
3. Tailwinds
2:13 $0.99
4. Listening Breaths
6:07 $0.99
5. Convergence
7:32 $0.99
6. Interaction
4:38 $0.99
7. Tending Grace
1:50 $0.99
8. Washing Tears
2:19 $0.99
9. Many Ways
3:08 $0.99
10. A Peace of Paradise
3:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
Karen Olson is an internationally recognized violist, recording artist and composer. She combines her unique background as a musician, Reiki master, and intuitive holistic healer, by providing transformative, fun and inspiring concerts and programs.

Karen’s music has a unique ability to powerfully transport the listener to a calmer and more positive place using classically oriented fusion that has New Age and World Music influences. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School, a Master’s Degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. from New York University. Karen performs for audiences all over the world in a variety of settings including major concert halls and is a member of the New York Pops. She has performed with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minnelli, Idina Menzel, and Michael Feinstein.

"Karen's music is ethereal and expressive beyond words. Emanating from deep within her soul, unique heartfelt interpretations and exquisitely refined musicianship synergize and offer an unparalleled, unforgettable, incredibly moving musical experience."

Barry Bittman, MD - CEO Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute



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Steve Sheppard

One World Music Radio
Karen Olson’s brand new release Convergence is one of the best albums in the new age, ambient genre I have heard for quite some time, take the opening piece as an example, called Sunrise Invocation, the Viola is Olson’s paint brush and she wields it so very beautifully.
For the Kid at Heart is a lighter, almost retrospective look over the shoulder through music, the energetic reverberating tones dance with us in a way that reminds us perhaps that the inner child never grows old, the composition here, especially the interplay with the piano, is extremely clever and deserves many listens.
Tailwinds is filled with a real sense of movement; one can really feel the intent on this short form composition.
The sombre, but deeply moving Listening Breaths is a moment of musical bliss. The strings and mood combine so beautifully to create an almost star filled sky. It’s thrilling for to find an album that contains a few new age structures, covered from head to toe in an ambient/classical topping of supreme delight; this one could easily be used in a meditative program.
At the half way point we come across the title track Convergence, this has everything, a little tempo that never overtakes the arrangement, a slight touch of minimalism and a melody that floats and wraps its self around you like a cloak on a cold winter’s day. This song is the longest track off the album at over 7 and a half minutes long and it’s worth every second of it.
InterAction with its calm ambience is sublime; Olson creates a really wide open, desolate beach style here. The mood of this track is sullen and deep, but the interplay with the viola and Piano manifests an energy that picks up speed as it heads towards its inevitable conclusion.
Tending Grace is a short form piece that is just under two minutes long, but still continues the theme of a haunting narrative, of healing through music.
Karen Olson’s gem of an album keeps its onwards momentum with the track Washing Tears, a graceful, gentle and very tender piece of music that seems to float in-between dimensions and softly wipes away those tears, as we further let go of the burdens that weigh us down, this is again short, but quite incredibly emotive, in a sincere positive way.
The penultimate track off the album is called Many Ways; the pace picks up slightly and falls into a nice rhythmic arrangement that dances gently back and forth in the mind’s eye, Olson’s performance here is so beautifully fluid, it’s a delight to allow it to wash over you.
This last offering is called A Peace of Paradise. To end an album with a track of this quality and composition, is astounding, this is cinematic, this is emotional and in a way I feel like I have travelled a long journey and this is my reward, I could even be back at the start of the album again, quite a breath taking finish indeed.
Convergence is simply sublime, each and every corner taken by Olson and her team of Michael Fitzpatrick and Adam Schiff, is extremely well navigated, this is one of the most enjoyable albums that I have had the pleasure to listen to this year, by a mile.