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by Frank van Essen

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GmaJill A year later and I'm still enjoying this album. I listen on the road, at home in my library/studio, when I need inspiration, solace, or to be energized (thus my favorite track!) The musicianship is superb and one can tell that heart, soul, and talent were poured into this project. Sola Deo Gloria, and happy new year Frank and company! Favorite track: Cats in the Bakery.
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JJ Doff What a lovely album this is. I always was a lover of instrumental music (Mike Oldfield -Tubular Bells / Incantations etc). Frank is a fantastic musician with a lot of talent who did a fantastic job with the band Iona and who knows how to create an emotional atmosphere in his music. This album is a very fine example of this talent. It reaches my heart and that is, in my opinion, what good music should do! Favorite track: A Million Stars.
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-tindrum This music, the arrangements and how skillfully all instruments are played, goes straight to my heart! Favorite track: Labyrinth.
Ronald Lindeboom
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Ronald Lindeboom Frank's incredible percussive talents undergird a rich lyrical fabric that he creates with his wonderful violin and keyboards. He is joined by masterfully skilled friends on guitars, bass, Uillean pipes, Irish whistles and flutes. It all makes for one of the best albums in recent years. Give it a listen, see if you agree. Favorite track: Labyrinth.
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aslancub The percussion, the violin, the genius of Frank van Essen!
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Labyrinth 08:52
Healing 06:40
Origins 11:32


A fusion of ambient, progressive world music with violin as lead instrument.
With stunning contributions by Jimmy Johnson (James Taylor, Allan Holdsworth, Flim & the BB's), Dave Bainbridge (Iona, Strawbs, Lifesigns) and Troy Donockley (Iona, Nightwish, AURI).

"Art such as this is so needed in our society today and this is so beautifully crafted, it literally arrests your attention, not just your ears. Frank injects such beauty in this recording that a sense of wonderment is recaptured even in those of us who may have lived a few too many years and let wonder escape unnoticed". - Donny Limbert

"Congratulations!! Its incredibly beautiful and artistic. It takes you to another world"! - Anneriet

"Please listen and consider grabbing a copy. I guarantee the musicianship and writing will fill your soul with joy, and lead you to introspection". - Glenn Hagen

"If you love music, you will love this.
Well done Frank and friends". - Sander de Jong


released December 15, 2018

Frank van Essen: Acoustic & electric violin, viola, ensemble strings, drums, percussion, piano, keyboards, programming
Dave Bainbridge: Acoustic & electric guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, keyboards
Jimmy Johnson: Bass guitar (1, 3, 6, 7)
Mark Dekkers, Bass guitar (2, 4), upright bass
Jan Peter Beijersbergen: Acoustic & electric guitars (2, 4)
Jonas Pap: Cello
Troy Donockley: Low whistle, high whistle, uilleann pipes, bouzouki
Sjoerd Visser: Soprano & alto saxophones, whistles (4), duclar

All tracks composed & arranged by Frank van Essen, except 3 and 5 composed by Frank van Essen & Dave Bainbridge
Recorded & mixed by Frank van Essen @ StringsAttached Studio, Collendoorn
Additional instrumental parts by Dave, Troy & Jimmy recorded by them in their own studios
Mastered by Sander van der Heide @ Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum
Executive producers: Jeremy Van Dyke, Ronald Lindeboom, Daniel Plomp

With a special, big thank you to all people who have made this recording possible by supporting me through my crowdfunding campaign.

Photography by Bertil van Wieren
Filming by Wilfred van Wieren
Artwork by André Hofsink

Published by Dew Age Publishing - all rights reserved

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Frank van Essen Collendoorn, Netherlands

"It is extremely rare to find a top class drummer play violin so beautifully. Add to that composer, arranger and producer skills, and you can imagine that the musical result will be somewhat special. Frank van Essen is such a musician. Known for his powerful drumming & violin playing for UK band Iona and his strings for DJ Martin Garrix, he is venturing out into a whole musical world of his own". ... more

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