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by Nouveau Papillon

An evolution of powerful instrumental imagery that transcends traditional New Age music, offering a thought provoking innovative musical style giving birth to a unique genre best described as Progressive Ambient.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rebirth
5:40 $0.99
2. Whispering Winds
5:23 $0.99
3. Luba
5:32 $0.99
4. Awakenings
4:59 $0.99
5. Echo's
5:13 $0.99
6. 11:11
4:38 $0.99
7. Metamorphosis
8:02 $0.99
8. Dance of the Fireflies
6:05 $0.99
9. Chrysalis
8:09 $0.99
10. Taking Flight
4:44 $0.99
11. Butterfly Wonderland
5:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
Welcome to Nouveau Papillon.
In their first session together the artists realized the merging of their diverse musical backgrounds and the mutual desire to create music had resulted in a unique new sound outside the normal scope of traditional New Age music.

Their collaboration and shared vision has led to the emergence of something much greater than their individual contributions, something altogether different, and constantly evolving, resulting in an amazing musical experience. 
The name "Nouveau Papillon" means New Butterfly. The initial idea for the name came from the free-flowing nature of the music they were creating together and because what they had to offer to the world was new and innovative.

Nouveau Papillon invites you to embark upon a musical voyage and experience the ambience of the haunting, soulful melodies of Metamorphosis.


Nouveau Papillon is a wonderful addition to the venue at Butterfly Wonderland.  When they perform in our conservatory; the guests are excited yet calmed by the beauty of the music.  It is surely magical – butterflies and this particular styling of music. Butterfly Wonderland guests and members have conveyed their enjoyment of the combination and are excited to share this as families and introduce their children to music and the wonderful art of nature combined.
Dee Mangulins
Executive Director
Butterfly Wonderland: A rainforest experience 

Good Afternoon!
I wanted to take a moment and let you both know how much I enjoy your music! My husband, in-laws and myself stopped into Birt’s Bistro for lunch one afternoon while you were performing. OMG!!!! I was hooked by the end of the first song!!!  I could barely eat my lunch or pay attention to the conversation at my table. I wanted to close my eyes, sit back and let the music take me away!!! ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! I will be the first in line waiting for your CD to be released!!  Thank you both for sharing your gift! I look  forward to attending more performances as well!

God Bless,
Marlene Gallaher



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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Metamorphosis is the debut album from Arizona-based duo Nouveau Papillon (French for “new butterfly”). Comprised of eleven tracks spanning sixty-three minutes, the album features Mark Bensette Aux Bois on acoustic guitars, harp and keyboards and Hildi Thelen on Native American-style flutes and percussion. Together, the duo creates a harmonious fusion of new age, ethnic fusion and contemporary instrumental arrangements.

“Rebirth” beautifully introduces the album with the rooted vibes of Australian didgeridoo followed by guitar and Native flutes, effectively painting images of canyon sunsets and desert plains with its spirit-soaring melody. Following next is “Whispering Winds”, one of my favorite pieces on the album, which opens with swirling wind gusts and a haunting bell toll. Perfectly conveying an overcast sky that signals an approaching storm, subtle tribal percussion and washes of acoustic guitar accompany a gentle flute melody that seemingly rides lightly upon the wind. “Awakenings” is another favorite that begins with an oscillating drone, soon unfolding into an ethereal soundscape of sparkling acoustics and Celtic harp. Further complimented by soothing Native flute, the piece perfectly evokes the tranquil atmosphere of a deeply relaxing spa experience. Equally compelling is “Echo’s”, which effectively paints images of a mysterious night dance with its gypsy-like melody comprised of guitar, flute and percussive rhythm. I’m also particularly fond of “Dance of the Fireflies”, which opens with ambient textures and haunting spoken word. Evoking a sense of contemplation and mystery, the composition’s hypnotic arrangement of breezy synths, native flute, guitars and glistening tones, all seemingly envelope the listener under the dome of a starry, desert sky. Didgeridoo and flowing rainsticks lend a dreamy, shamanic vibe to the hypnotic “Chrysalis”, which are further accentuated by lulling harp and subtle tribal percussion.

Effectively blending complimentary musical essences of indigenous Australia, North America and at times, even Celtic lands, Metamorphosis is a thoroughly rewarding listening experience that’s certain to have far-reaching appeal!