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I wrote this piece originally for a dance performance by Marlou and a group of dancers, back in 2006 or so. The dance depicted the struggles and conflict we often face when we go through life.
The poem below puts it in words very well:

The intricacies of life are but common to all;
it is how we untangle these twists
that paints our individuality
in the canvas of destiny.

We can choose to be lost
in the labyrinth of our emotions
or use these trials to harness
our inner strength,
but one thing remains constant in our lives -
we have the sun in our hands.

- Dodinsky -


from SANCTUM (High​-​resolution), released October 25, 2018
Frank van Essen: Violins, ensemble strings, drums, bodhran, shaker, darabukkah, bell tree, finger cymbals, jingles, keyboards, programming
Dave Bainbridge: Oberon acoustic guitar, 12 string guitar, electric guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, keyboard stabs
Jimmy Johnson: Bass guitar
Troy Donockley: Low whistle, high whistle, uilleann pipes, bouzouki
Sjoerd Visser: Soprano saxophone

Composed & arranged by Frank van Essen
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
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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