The Grand Piano Spa
Soothing Solo Piano Music
Piano, Composition, Production - Darlene Koldenhoven
at TimeArt Studio, Studio City, CA.
Mixing & Mastering – Steve Shepherd at Extreme Mixing
Cover Photography - iStock
Cover Graphics - Brian Stroh
Album PlayTime: 38 Minutes
©2021 TimeArt Recordings
DarSongs Music ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
Release Date: May 14, 2021
The Grand Piano Spa is Grammy Winner Darlene Koldenhoven’s first Contemporary Instrumental, Neo-Classical, New Age, Solo Piano Album, born out of the isolation of the 2020 pandemic. The long separation from the camaraderie of fellow musicians and the live concert performances she is use to, yielded a two part solo piano epic with volume two, The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy is to be released later this year. Companion downloadable sheet music and songbook with music from each album will be available with each release, sold separately. This beautiful, emotive, New Age collection of 9 original solo pieces is crafted to highlight her mastery and heartfelt sensitivity of expression on the grand pianoforte. Whether improvised or composed, melodies and musicality abound in many modes within the warmth of a very calming spa-like atmosphere. There are 38 minutes of luxurious sound to soak in for the attentive listener or for background ambience while reading, dining, falling asleep, yoga, massage or taking pleasure in the simple things of life. The Grand Piano Spa reveals the piano side of this multi-talented American artist, usually known for her radiant, Grammy-winning voice you’ve heard in everything from Yanni, Live at the Acropolis to Sister Act; including her own multi-award-winning #1 chart-debuting albums: vocal based Color Me Home and Infinite Voice and piano with instrumentation Chromatones and Tranquil Times. Treat your musical self to a soothing time at The Grand Piano Spa.
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Darlene Koldenhoven is a GRAMMY® Award Winner with 3 GRAMMY® nominations and is the first inductee into the Indie Music Hall of Fame. Darlene is known worldwide as the featured soprano soloist singing “Aria” in the PBS TV Special and Video, Yanni, Live at the Acropolis seen by over 1.5 billion television viewers and millions more now on YouTube. She has several #1 albums on the ZMR International Radio Charts. Her biggest-award winning albums are Color Me Home that debuted #1 and won a stunning 20 awards and 35 nominations, including Best New Age Vocal Album 2018; two piano with instrumentation albums – Chromatones that won Music of the Year 2019, Tranquil Times Best New Age Album 2012 and Heavenly Peace Best Holiday Album 2008. Other Grammy winners Tom Scott, Wouter Kellerman, Ricky Kej, Charlie Bisharet, Brent Fischer and nominees David Arkenstone and Rocky Dawuni appear on her albums released on her label, Time Art Recordings, that are heard all over the world including SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube and two hundred more radio stations. Darlene’s two piano with instrumentation albums are played in treatment rooms of massage and healing practitioners and are on rotation on the CARE Channel Network in hospitals and hospices worldwide. Darlene’s voice of many genres has sung on over 1,000 recordings in film, television, albums, commercials and charitable causes internationally. She has sung on a plethora of artists’ albums including Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Neil Young, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart. Before the pandemic, Darlene traveled to India three times to be a featured live performer with Grammy winner Ricky Kej before the Queen of Bangalore and thousands of fans, including a TEDx Talk in an effort to raise awareness of climate change and humanitarian causes that she holds dear. Darlene has performed also as soloist with David Byrne in Prince Albert Royal Festival Hall with London’s Royal Philharmonic; the Chicago Symphony; on the Academy Awards with the late Robin Williams, and most notably, as the tambourine-waving choir nun with Whoopi Goldberg in both Sister Act films where off-camera she was the production vocal coach, music director and rehearsal pianist during their choreography rehearsals. Even Olympic figure skating artists like Sasha Cohen perform to her music. Born and raised in Chicago, Darlene’s formal piano training that began at age 9 made the piano her closest friend. She reads music and improvises, playing many styles – Classical, New Age, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Musical Theater. Darlene accompanies herself on piano or keytar-synth in her live vocal concerts. She plays harpsichord and piano with orchestras and has accompanied other vocalists or instrumentalists on their live concert tours. Ms. Koldenhoven holds a Master’s degree in voice and Bachelors in Music Education and has authored an educational book with 7 instructional CDs titled, Tune Your Voice: Singing and Your Mind’s Musical Ear endorsed by faculty from Juilliard to American Idol, Berklee, NYU. She is a credentialed voice teacher and certified Integrated Listening Systems sonic therapist who helps people overcome dis-ease by using her therapeutic music and unique listening techniques in her private practice as well as her healing music concerts and workshops internationally. Darlene lives in Los Angeles, California with her singing rescue dog, Poochini.
Darlene's premier performance of "Wisteria" 8/18/2019 at the S. Mark Taper Amphitheater, Beverly Hills, CA in her benefit concert for Tree People. The beautiful outdoor event was in a canyon among the trees, on a very chilly night with a capacity audience.
What They are Saying . . .
"One of instrumental music's highlights of 2021 will undoubtedly be the release of The Grand Piano Spa. It's gorgeous! Don't miss it!"
–Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com
"The phenomenally gifted songbird is just as talented on her piano as with her unmistakable and remarkable voice. “The Grand Piano Spa” Darlene Koldenhoven’s first beautiful solo piano album, is a most welcome respite to the soul and a shining ray of sparkling light in a murky sea. Truly grand."
– Dyan Garris, New Age CD, Zone Music Reporter (ZMR),
and “Spirit Seeker Magazine”
"The Grand Piano Spa provides the keys to the kingdom . . . it is so beautiful and inviting, the benefits of this music are immediate. All 9 tracks will lift your spirits."
–Keith “Muzik Man” Hanneleck, NewAgeMusicReviews.com,
The Final on Vinyl Podcasts
"My friend Darlene Koldenhoven is well-known here for wondrous creations that always capture the heart and soul. On her new album, she gives us new insights into her musical genius with tasty solo piano that other artists can aspire to... I'm (again) mightily impressed!"
– Dick Metcalf, ContemporaryFusionReviews.com
"Renowned New Age vocalist Darlene Koldenhoven uses the voice of the piano to offer you a little time for yourself for renewing, refreshing, and healing as she presents her new album, The Grand Piano Spa. It is the compassionate sound track for a new beginning, a new day. A new you."
- R J Lannan, Artisan Music Reviews
"Koldenhoven's talent as a pianist manifests truly blissful and heartfelt pieces . . . like the album itself, her skill set on the piano is vast, compelling and relaxing . . . she indeed is the creator of a musical panacea that we all seek and through her musical compositions that can be found on this splendid album . . . Probably one of the most tranquil moments of solo piano you're likely to experience this year."
–Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio
"I LOVE it!! Both your playing and the compositions are superb. It feels so honest and light, yet there is a complexity to the pieces too. It is for active listening, I think. I can't wait to share it with my audience. Great work!"
–BT Fasmer, New Age Stars Radio, Norway
Read Darlene's latest article for In the Key Magazine
The Prescription is Music:
Piano - the Grand Emotional Equilizer
Hear Darlene's Interview on The Final on Vinyl Podcast with host Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck