Sweeping Melodies, Resonating Chords and Rich Textures… Dan Chadburn Releases his New Album, “Held In The Light”
Sweeping melodies, resonating chords and rich textures… these are the trademarks of Dan Chadburn, a composer/pianist who invests the New Age/Contemporary Instrumental genre with a uniquely passionate sound. Deeply versed in both classical and modern traditions, Dan is a master of improvisation — the art of creating in the moment, in response to the stimulus of one’s immediate environment and inner feelings.
“Held In the Light” is pianist/composer Dan Chadburn’s seventh solo piano album, and it is stunning! The thirteen tracks include three original studio improvisations and ten improvised arrangements of traditional hymns. Chadburn's 2016 album, Beyond Words, was nominated by Zone Music Reporter for “Best Solo Piano Album of 2016,” “Album of the Year” by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, “2016 Contemporary and Modern Album of the Year” at SoloPiano.com, and “Solo Piano Album of the Year” in the UK.
Dan’s albums have consistently appeared in the Top 10 of Zone Music Reporter’s Top 100 chart, the industry standard for measuring radio airplay worldwide across multiple genres. Three of his albums (Nocturnes, Keys of Light, and Beyond Words) reached #1 on UK monthly Top 100 radio chart. Keys of Light and Beyond Words appeared on the first ballot for the 58th and 59th GRAMMY Awards respectively in the category of “Best New Age Album.
A native of Oregon, Dan began studying classical piano with Maxine Martin at the age of nine. Several times during school, Dan was selected as an Oregon Music Teachers Association syllabus winner, giving him the experience of performing in recitals on the state level. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Pacific Lutheran University, where he studied with Dr. Calvin Knapp.
Following three national tours as a pianist and singer/songwriter, and the release of three albums in the Contemporary Christian genre, Dan moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in the film scoring program at U.C.L.A. Soon he was scoring for television and working as a pianist and session musician.
Looking to further expand his musical vision, Dan moved to London to study electroacoustic composition with two pioneers in the field, Denis Smalley and Simon Emmerson. “I was very grateful for the opportunity to learn from these two masters in the genre and grow as a composer.” Considered by some to be on the outskirts of avant-garde, electroacoustic music is commonly void of traditional instruments and melody. Dan earned his Master of Music in Electroacoustic Composition from London’s City University.
“Held In the Light” his latest Album is dedicated to Dan’s parents… it features 13 piano improvisations, it includes meditations of 10 of his parents favorite hymns. The album starts with “Breathe on Me, Breath of God,” an English hymn that was first published in 1878. Its gentle, prayer-like quality is very well-suited to Chadburn’s graceful yet passionate style of playing and expresses deep emotion…a beautiful opening track!
The album features 12 more great tracks… each track delivered in Dan’s own unique style. A style that highlights brilliant melodies… to great improvisations and real depth in his interpretations with some of the classic tracks. The album also showcases Dan’s real emotional warmth as he brings each track to life… his arrangements are beautiful, gently flowing and reflective.
Even if hymns are not your thing, Dan Chadburn’s improvisations should appeal to anyone who loves and appreciates beautiful solo piano music. His three original improvs are not to be missed! “Held In The Light” is powerful and beautiful album… it’s an album that will linger on in your mind long after it been enjoyed and played, Very highly recommended New Album!
A Quote from Dan…
“While my love for classical music has influenced my own writing, I’ve always been one to improvise. Reflecting back to my early piano studies, I once performed a recital in which I had to play J.S. Bach’s English Suite in G Minor. Ill prepared in memorization, I forgot most of the entire final gigue movement. Rather than take an early exit from the stage, I improvised the passage in a “Bach a la Chadburn” style. I hold that recital experience as a defining moment, in that it helped to unlock my own creative voice.”
‘Held In The Light’ The New Album
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