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Cheerful Mohana (4:11) is the first single release (7/15/22) from Darlene's upcoming New Age instrumental album "Traveling the Blissful Highway" due out October 14, 2022.
From Norway, BT Fasmer's New Age Music Guide 7/19/22
"Bright and lively with an uplifting sparkle." – Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com
Leave your cares and worries behind. You’ll barely have time to pack as you begin Traveling the Blissful Highway on the latest album from New Age composer and GRAMMY® Winner and three time GRAMMY® Nominee Darlene Koldenhoven. This imaginative creator takes you in a dozen delightful directions as the memorable music restores and renews your spirit.
- R J Lannan, Artisan Music Reviews 7/19/22
Peaceful Currents Radio, Marshall, MO July, 2022
The River of Calm, Nashvillle, TN
Guido's Lounge Café, Netherlands
KAOI-FM, Maui, HI
KPBX 91.1FM, Spokane, WA Soundspace with Zan New Music
WFCF, St. Augustine, FL, August, 2022
WHYR, Baton Rouge, LA
GRAMMY®Award Winner and 3 time Nominee, Darlene Koldenhoven is a vocalist, pianist, composer, arranger, lyricist, speaker, and sonic therapist from Studio City, CA, born and raised in Chicago, IL. Her last two albums, “The Grand Piano Spa” and “The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy” debuted on the prestigious Billboard Classical Crossover Charts at #4 and #8, respectively in May & November 2021. This past May & June gifted Darlene with a Lifetime Achievement Award from One World Music Radio and Outstanding Legacy Award from the Akademia Awards. She was inducted to the Indie Music Hall of Fame at the GRAMMY® Museum in 2019 by the Indie Music Channel Awards and the COVR Award hailed her “Chromatones” as Album of the Year a few months later. Several of her albums ranked #1 on the worldwide ZMR Radio Charts and she has 2 Best New Age Vocal Album and Best Holiday Album from ZMR. Darlene is best known worldwide as the featured soprano in "Yanni, Live at the Acropolis" and for her role as the tambourine-waving choir nun in both "Sister Act" films with Whoopi Goldberg. Ms. Koldenhoven has authored "Tune Your Voice: Singing and Your Mind's Musical Ear," a comprehensive music education book with 7 CDs or downloads. She performs her music worldwide.
Liner Notes & Credits
Cheerful Mohana 4:11
Darlene Koldenhoven - Composition, Arrangement, Synth Programming, Keyboard Performances, Background Vocalese, Engineer. Recorded by Darlene at TimeArt Studio, Studio City, California USA
Ron Korb - Bansuri Flute & Improvised Flute parts Recorded at Humble Dragon Studio by Ron Korb, Toronto, Canada
Venugopala Raju - Improvised: Tablas, Dukki Tarang, Tabla Tarang, Khanjira, Bass Drum, Shakers, Tambourine,
Recorded by Shrinidhi Omkar at Omkar Studios, Bangalore, India
Steve Shepherd - mixing at TimeArt Studio; Mastered at Extreme Mixing Studio
Cover Image - Shutterstock • Graphic Design - Darlene Koldenhoven & Brian Stroh
© 2022 TimeArt® Recordings
© 2022 DarSongs Music ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
Mohana is the name for the morning raga (or scale) in Indian culture where it is known to have the power to calm down anxiety, stabilize mood and blood pressure, soothe the depressed state of mind and help in relieving migraine and headaches. Thus the title Cheerful Mohana and a great track to start your day.
Notes: I wrote "Cheerful Mohana" to bring an uplifting joy to the listener. I programmed and performed all my arrangement parts on keyboard synth into my computer using ProTools. I wanted to add some authentic sounds and players to the mix. So I asked GRAMMY® Winner Ron Korb in Toronto, Canada and Venugopala Raju in Bangalore, India if they would be willing to play on my new album. I met both of these incredible talents when we worked together performing with GRAMMY® Winner Ricky Kej at the Bangalore Palace (2016) and his Tedx Talk in Mumbai, India (2018). Ricky sent Ron a set of Indian bansari flutes and the first time Ron used one of them was on this cheerful melody I wrote! Ron also improvised a track of regular C flute. He recorded himself at his Humble Dragon Studio in Toronto. Meanwhile, Venu improvised and recorded several Indian percussion instruments with Shrinidhi Omkar at Omkar Studios in Bangalore, India such as Dukki Tarang, Tabla Tarang, Khanjira, Bass Drum, Shakers, and Tambourine. Both gentlemen sent me their tracks which I incorporated into my file. Then I added some vocalese toward the end of the piece for a little musical surprise. My mixing engineer, Steve Sheherd (Kenny G.) mixed the track in my TimeArt Studio (Studio City, CA) and mastered it at his Extreme Mixing Studio (Lake Balboa, CA). I hope you'll enjoy their playing on "Cheerful Mohana" as much as I do!