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A Million Stars (HR)

from SANCTUM (High​-​resolution) by Frank van Essen


The melody of this track has been with me since I was in my early twenties. You could say it is maybe the melody of my life... It was featured on Iona's Open Sky album, almost 20 years ago now. Intersting to see how different I play it now. Dave and I recorded this on the spot, completely improvised, with only 1 or 2 edits... Enjoy it...


from SANCTUM (High​-​resolution), released October 25, 2018
Frank van Essen: Solo violin, bar chimes
Dave Bainbridge: Keyboards

Composed by Frank van Essen and Dave Bainbridge
Recorded & mixed by Frank van Essen @ StringsAttached Studio, Collendoorn
Mastered by Sander van der Heide @ Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum

Published by Dew Age Publishing

Photography by Bertil van Wieren
Artwork by André Hofsink


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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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