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Patterns

by Sean Mahnken

A collection of original instrumental piano works to set your spirit free.
Genre: Easy Listening: Background Music
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1. Flight of the Hero
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2. A Catchy Little Tune
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3. Katelyn's Laugh
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4. Kama's Theme
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5. Asyle's Burden
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6. The Quickening of the Falcon: A Tempest Reborn
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7. Loss
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8. Patterns
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9. Serenade of the Blackbird
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10. Alyse
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11. Rain
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12. Nightshroud
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13. Serenade Number Two
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14. Joye
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15. Sunrise on Frozen Meadow
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Fifteen years in the making, Patterns is a collection of original instrumental piano works by pianist and composer Sean Mahnken. His debut release, Patterns will carry you away on a melodic journey from haunting, meditative lows to heart-stirring heights. From relaxing to intense, thoughtful to carefree, Patterns is a musical voyage not soon to be forgotten. Embark online at www.SeanMahnken.com

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A self-proclaimed “hobbyist musician,” Sean began playing piano around the age of 9, but ceased taking lessons after only three years. Composition began in earnest as an outlet for emotional stress while attending college at Utah State University. “I would have liked to play the popular songs,” remembers Sean, “but my skill at the piano wasn't sufficient. It was very frustrating. One day I just started pounding the keyboard, and I was able to manage something of a melody line with some crude harmonies. It helped, so I kept working at it.”

It's been several years since those rough initial forays into composition, and songs come to him much more easily now. Asked how he goes about writing a new song, Sean admits “I can't really say. It's just something my fingers do while playing. They sort of have a mind of their own at the piano. The hard part is remembering what they do.”

Though Sean's love of music and composition is intense, he maintains his “day job” as an electrical engineer. Well, he does for the time being, at least.


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Listener comments:

“Your music [is] very impressive and relaxing.” -- Michele C., Maui, Hawaii

“It's beautiful...” -- Audra K., Silverdale, Washington

“I thought I was listening to Jon Schmidt!” -- Quinn R., Erie, Colorado

“Your music is amazing.” -- Charity D., West Jordan, Utah

“Peaceful, light and calming. I like it.” -- Tiloi L., Lafayette, Colorado

“All of your songs are just beautiful.” -- Laura S., Texas

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Ellis Hadlock

Original & Awesome!
Crisp and beautiful melodies. Very original style and sound. A variety of different moods and feelings makes the album enjoyable all the way thru. Each song is excellent and a couple of my favorites are, "Asyle's Burden" and "Loss".
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Kathy Parsons

An impressive debut!
“Patterns” is Sean Mahnken’s debut CD of original piano solos. Richly varied in moods and emotions, this CD was fifteen years in the making. An electrical engineer who minored in music at Utah State University, Mahnken began composing at the age of eighteen as an outlet for his emotions. He started piano lessons at the age of eight, but quit after three years. In college, he became frustrated by not being able to play the popular music of the time, so he started making up his own music, finding chords and harmonic patterns that worked for him. Mahnken’s playing style is very natural and expressive, but his piano doesn’t quite keep up with him on some tracks, sounding a bit metallic, as digital pianos do. A few of the tracks have some additional keyboard accompaniment, but most are solo piano. “Patterns” is a very solid first recording.

The CD opens with “Flight of the Hero,” an energetic, upbeat piece with a catchy rhythm. The beginning is dark, with a basic bass line and a simple melody that crosses over into the deep bass of the piano. From there, the tempo picks up and the mood lightens, creating a feeling of freedom and triumph. The ending returns to the opening theme and concludes peacefully. “Katelyn’s Laugh” is a warm, sweet piece that conveys a feeling of contentment. “Asyle’s Burden” is named for a character in a fantasy novel Mahnken is writing(!!!). Darker and more brooding, it is very effective. “The Quickening of the Falcon: A Tempest Reborn” is a passionate multi-movement work that Mahnken considers his most-difficult to play. Turbulent and powerful, he’s all over the piano on this track. “Patterns” is one of my favorites, reminding me a bit of Suzanne Ciani. Its graceful flow is punctuated here and there in the deep bass, adding an element of surprise. “Alyse” is another favorite. Pensive and deeply emotional, it’s the perfect accompaniment to watching it rain. Followed by “Rain,” the mood is sustained. Sounds of rain and thunder accompany the music, which begins with Mahnken’s pianistic interpretation of the sound of thunder (sounds good!). Lively and dancing, I really like this one, too. “Nightshroud” goes even darker and more ominous. One of the longer tracks (five minutes), the piece has time to explore and develop several themes. “Joye” brings us back to the sunshine and feeling of gentle contentment. A bit wistful and dreamy, yet substantial, this is a lovely piece. The closing track, “Sunrise On Frozen Meadow” is a bit more abstract and paints a lovely scene of light dancing and sparkling on an icy meadow.

“Patterns” is a very impressive debut from Sean Mahnken, showcasing a variety of playing and composing styles as well as a wide emotional range. Perhaps an acoustic piano for the next CD? Very enjoyable!
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