Timothy Wenzel | Summon the Wind

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Summon the Wind

by Timothy Wenzel

"...haunting, relaxing, refreshing and catchy, once again showcasing the talent of this leading new age composer..." - Janet Mawdesley
Genre: New Age: Celtic New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Still the Wind
4:11 $0.99
2. Elven Dance
4:55 $0.99
3. Peace to My Lady
4:30 $0.99
4. All That Might Have Been
4:23 $0.99
5. Mariner's Lament
3:59 $0.99
6. Crystal Man
4:19 $0.99
7. The Photograph
4:41 $0.99
8. Tesla's Dream
4:11 $0.99
9. Whirlwind
3:37 $0.99
10. Edge of the World
3:00 $0.99
11. Awaken
4:07 $0.99
12. Summon the Wind
7:28 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The fourth album in the series, Summon the Wind expands the breadth of styles heard on his previous three albums: Mountains Take Wing, A Coalescence of Dreams and River Serene. Ranging from the deeply Celtic songs Mariner's Lament and Peace to My Lady to the more lively Elven Dance and Tesla's Dream, this journey covers more compositional styles than ever before. Retained, however, is the penchant for memorable melodies and thoughtful themes. Mastered by Grammy Award winning engineer Corin Nelsen.
From RJ Lannon (Zone Music Reporter review of Mountains Take Wing): "His album, Mountains Take Wing, is twelve tracks of Nordic/Celtic music that allows the listeners to climb to the apex, take the cold chill of despair away and allows our minds to journey far and beyond the limits of the physical... This is my first encounter with Timothy Wenzel and I like it. His music is gentle, but there is a quiet power behind his compositions. It made me want to hear much more from this audio alchemist. Perhaps he will change more notes into gold."
From BlueWolf Reviews (River Serene): "...As you drift though the music there is the distinct feeing of a man at peace, at one with his music: the notes flowing from his fingers through the medium of the keyboard. Fascinating, evocative, drifting to the level where it becomes difficult to separate the creator from the music – all is one, one is all.
Using the river as a metaphor for life, that of a stream or force constantly moving onward, his new creation reflects so much more about the man involved in the creation of the music than ever before.
Captured is a sense of peace, of harmony in his surrounding and the mellow almost hypnotic essence of the timelessness of the river, ever flowing onward to the sea.
Each piece has been composed with a specific emotion in mind: that of freedom of spirit, love, joy, reflection and intimacy and each will appeal in the same manner. The music wraps around you as if in a dream, soft and silken to the touch but always transitory, illusive and mysterious."

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Helena Dee

TIMOTHY WENZEL IS GAINING REPUTATION AS A TOP NEW AGE KEYBOARDIST
As Timothy Wenzel continues to pursue his musical passions, he is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the top keyboardists in the new age genre. This album, Summon the Wind, is his fourth and it continues Wenzel’s tradition of creating excellent contemporary instrumental ensemble music that is right in the pocket of what new age music listeners want. Yes, the music is generally gentle and relaxing (although there are light drums mixed throughout), but it also offers lovely melodies and full-bodied, well-crafted arrangements. The music mostly features piano and synthesizer shadings, but also quite a few flutes and violins (sometimes sounding a bit like Celtic fiddles). There also are the scattered sounds of harp, guitars, bass, drums and percussion as well as bells, and the wordless vocalizing of choirs (male and female voices utilized). Electric guitarist Michael Rud from Denmark makes a special guest appearance on one tune. As the album title (and several tune titles) suggests, the music explores the general theme of “wind,” both in actuality and metaphorically. Wenzel’s music also explores love, dreaming, exploration, inventions, the earth and nature. The compositions cover a wide spectrum, sounding like a European waltz from centuries past at one point and then like a forceful progressive-rock band a few minutes later. One moment there is the feeling of a visit to a cathedral and the next you are sailing away to the edge of the world. This is a high-quality, recommended recording for all new age music lovers.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Reveiw excerpt from Music and Media Focus
I’ve been a fan of Timothy’s imaginative and visually evocative music for a while, and my enthusiasm is only bolstered by his latest creative effort. Known for his thematic approach to creating an album, this one is no exception. While the majority of his sounds come from synthesizers and keyboards, they cover a wide range including violin, cello, flute, harp, bells, guitars, bass, drums and percussion as well as the wordless vocalizing of men’s and women’s choirs.

A tune entitled “Elven Dance,” evokes the world of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings with it’s lively Celtic-tinged sound, which Timothy has been known for on some of his previous recordings. “Mariner’s Lament” is an emotionally evocative composition with an undercurrent of sadness, and a prayer for all those lost at sea over the years. A nice touch was the female choir sound that conjured images in my mind of the singing of the Sirens in mythology. From the deep sea to deep within the earth, a song called “Crystal Man” was inspired by poor workers digging for diamonds in Africa. The track opens with Timothy’s lush piano melody, which is soon joined by the soulful sound of violin. As it evolves the sound of percussion, pizzicato strings, and more fill in the arrangement, providing an excellent example of Timothy’s talent for composing and his ability to build on a composition as it evolves.

The latest release from Timothy Wenzel takes the listener on a sonic journey. The energy evolves through musical peaks and valleys as well as reflecting a profound emotional spectrum. Also, on a technical level, I appreciate how every instrument is perfectly placed in the arrangement. Timothy is truly a storyteller with an ability to conjure images in the mind of the listener. His songs are fanciful in a way that will resonate with a wide range of music lovers. Fans of artists such as Yanni and David Arkenstone may also find a lot to like in the imaginative instrumental music of Timothy Wenzel.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well, as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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