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I absolutely LOVE the sound of the viola. Not many people highlight the beauty of this instrument, at least not nearly as much as the violin & cello. The sound is warm, voice like, very expressive in the right hands, deep and moving - although it sometimes gets a touch nasal at the top end. I bought a viola about 10 years ago and played it almost every day. The sounds moves me so much.

This piece is a good 7 minutes and fully improvised, completely unedited and recorded on a rainy afternoon in September 2019 over a few chords I recorded earlier. I especially did this for a friend who really needed physical and emotional restoration... I call it "Becoming" - becoming whole, becoming one, becoming who you are meant to be - a whole person.


from Meditations of a Sound Mind vol. 1, released February 22, 2020
Viola improvisation & Keyboards by Frank van Essen


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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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