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The original melody and format of this track was written quite few years ago, while I was studying Orchestration. I wanted to create something that depicted the beginning of creation, the emptiness in the beginning, the start of something new and the growing diversity in nature. And the rest, the shalom, that followed after God said - "it is done".


from SANCTUM (High​-​resolution), released October 25, 2018
Frank van Essen: Solo viola & violin, electric violin, ensemble strings, drums, bodhrans, talking drum, shakers, tambourines, piano, keyboards, programming
Dave Bainbridge: Oberon acoustic guitar, electric guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, keyboards
Jimmy Johnson: Bass guitar
Mark Dekkers: Upright bass
Troy Donockley: Uilleann pipes, low whistles, bouzouki
Jonas Pap: Cello

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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