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Running Away

by Timothy Wenzel

Ranging from beautifully dreamy Celtic songs to more energetic tunes, this album is for engaged listening, traveling or just kicking back.
Genre: New Age: Celtic New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dream of Summer (feat. Jeff Haynes & Josie Quick)
4:11 $0.99
2. Dancing in Darkness (feat. Josie Quick)
3:20 $0.99
3. A Bit About You (feat. Jeff Haynes, Jill Haley & Josie Quick)
4:20 $0.99
4. Running Away (feat. Jeff Haynes & Josie Quick)
4:13 $0.99
5. Makes You Wonder (feat. Jeff Haynes & Josie Quick)
4:25 $0.99
6. Traveling Light (feat. Jeff Haynes, Jill Haley & Josie Quick)
3:59 $0.99
7. Magical Pageant (feat. Jill Haley)
5:52 $0.99
8. A Friend of Mine (feat. Josie Quick)
4:09 $0.99
9. Breaking Free (feat. Jill Haley & Josie Quick)
5:45 $0.99
10. Gazelle Dance (feat. Jeff Haynes & Jill Haley)
4:02 $0.99
11. Past Presence (feat. Josie Quick)
4:29 $0.99
12. Coronal Rain
5:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Running Away is Timothy’s seventh album, comprising twelve tracks of beautiful music ranging from soft and Celtic to more energetic themes. The genre is not just New Age, but rather encompasses Celtic, Americana and Contemporary Instrumental.

Although ideal for meditation and background music, it is meant to be an interactive album. Thus it engages and opens the mind and spirit to different feelings and visions with each song. Listeners have also said that Timothy’s albums are perfect for traveling, especially in cars or trains, offering the ideal soundtrack for each new scene.

Timothy’s previous album What We Hold Dear was nominated for the coveted Best Contemporary Instrumental Album by the Zone Music Reporter, based on a world-wide vote of radio programmers. His previous albums have consistently reached the monthly top ten by a survey of these same programmers.

The album features iconic percussionist Jeff Haynes, widely-acclaimed English Horn player Jill Haley and rising-star violinist Josie Quick. Grammy Award winning producer Corin Nelsen co-produced and mastered the album, recorded English Horn and oboe, and mixed the percussion.



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Steve Sheppard

A magical musical ride
The smoothness of texture that can be found in a Timothy Wenzel release grows with each passing album, its blossoms with the sun of a new spring morning and it is that very journey through calmness and serenity we travel now, with this brand new and beautiful release entitled Running Away.
Timothy Wenzel is a master of creating layer upon layer of sublime and calming music, with the upbeat start of Dream of Summer, to the dreamy melody of Dancing in the Darkness and more, each track, each composition of a Wenzel release is something to truly look forward to, like the title header Running Away, which is a fine example of the artists skill of manifesting a narrative within music that is riveting and packed with style and class.
Wenzel is also eager to open musical pathways and corridors that contain something different inside, like the entertaining and dream inspired Magical Pageant, one of my personal favourites, and then the one that really is my life story called, Breaking Free, a composition based on starting again and breaking the chains of all that bind you from making that change.
The album contains twelve sparkling tracks all with a distinct mood of their own; each and every piece has a story to tell, it is produced and performed with both a delightful sense of colour and a level of professionalism that is so nice to listen too. The album also contains added instrumentation from violist Josie Quick, percussive genius of Jeff Haynes and the charming tones of Jill Haley on English horn and oboe.
Running Away is another top class release from the scientist musician who originated from Michigan; and may well be his most successful offering to date; it is filled with enticing and exciting compositions that does the contemporary instrumental field well, and the sublime fluency and charm of this album will no doubt capture your imagination, and take you willingly along for another magical musical ride.

Helena Dee

We have known for years that Timothy Wenzel writes great instrumental melodies, and is a strong pianist, electronic keyboardist and synthesist. But on his new album, RUNNING AWAY, he demonstrates how good he has gotten as a producer and arranger. He brings in three guest musicians and the interplay is stunning. Violinist Josie Quick is a member of the progressive groups Perpetual Motion, The Coyote Poets of the Universe and the Frontera String Quartet. Jill Haley on English horn and oboe is one of the early pioneers of new age music with numerous renowned solo and collaborative recordings to her credit. Percussionist Jeff Haynes has played with hundreds of top acts in the genres of new age (Will Ackerman, Fiona Joy), pop (Joni Mitchell) and jazz (Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson). What an ensemble! Wenzel and friends just keep getting better and better. This is outstanding new instrumental music that will be enjoyed by fans of modern new age music everywhere.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Running Away" is the seventh album from Timothy Wenzel, a composer/ pianist/ keyboardist who has also had a very successful career as a research scientist. The first thing that grabs your attention to this album is the stunning cover artwork by Daniel Bérard, who also did the artwork for Wenzel’s previous release, "What We Hold Dear" (2017). The image of a young girl running barefoot into the dark woods carrying a lighted lantern suggests many things, but is mostly an illustration of the fantasy of escaping ones current reality to start a new life. Not a concept album per se, Wenzel describes it as a collection of musical ideas that compliment one another. The twelve tracks include themes of travel, dreams, and escapism of one kind or another. Engineered and co-produced by Corin Nelsen, guest artists include Josie Quick on violin (9 tracks), Jill Haley on English horn and oboe (5 tracks), and Jeff Haynes on percussion (6 tracks). Wenzel composed, produced and mixed the music as well as performing on keyboards and synthesizers.

In addition to the new age and contemporary instrumental genres, Wenzel’s music has strong Celtic and Americana influences. Although it serves its purpose well as meditation and background music, the album should be savored at least a few times with full attention to enjoy the stories it tells as well as the beauty and nuances in the music.

"Running Away" begins with “Dream of Summer,” a warm and inviting piece that features Josie Quick and Jeff Haynes and expresses the “momentary ecstasy” of stepping out into a “fresh new world filled with hope and wonder” - a light and upbeat opener. “Dancing in Darkness” is a slow romantic waltz for violin and keyboard - very calming and peaceful. The sweet and gentle “A Bit About You” celebrates that mix of feelings that comes with meeting someone who just might be that “special someone” and features the magic touches of Haley, Haynes and Quick. Wenzel says of the title track: “I wrote this in the very middle of a cold winter night when I felt the inescapable urge to abandon all that I have ever known and start life over again. Just run away from it all.” A bit darker and more mysterious than the other tracks, it’s a favorite. I love “Makes You Wonder,” which was inspired by several ideas, “but mostly the feeling that life and this universe is not what you think.” Violin and guitar give the piece a laid-back, “folk” feeling, but there is something very compelling about the music. “A Friend of Mine” is a piece with Americana roots and tells of a small group of musicians who gather to spontaneously create “joyous music.” Very relaxed and uncomplicated, it’s easy to see rolling hills and old farmhouses while listening. “Gazelle Dance” is more orchestrated and features Jill Haley. Lively and playful in its depiction of the gazelles leaping as they run, there is also a more serious thread running through the piece. The hauntingly beautiful “Past Presence” was inspired by the feeling that someone from a past era has joined you - also a favorite! The album closes with a very different composition called “Coronal Rain.” Inspired by the phenomenon on the surface of the sun where a large body of plasma rises up to rain back down in a graceful arc, this piece is ambient and atmospheric as well as incredibly beautiful.

Timothy Wenzel has created another exceptional album with "Running Away"!