12 Songs, 53 Minutes

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KathyPiano7,

"Distant Horseman" is the fifth release from Timothy Wenzel. A pianist from a very early age with a wide variety of musical influences, Wenzel employs keyboards and synthesizers to orchestrate his colorful musical stories. Violinist Josie Quick is featured on ten of the twelve tracks, giving the strings a much more natural sound than keyboards alone can provide. The album was mastered by Corin Nelsen, assuring a warm and clear sound. It is interesting to note that Wenzel has a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from Cornell University and was a research scientist for many years, working primarily in making polymers using catalysts, before turning his focus back to music.

The cover artwork for "Distant Horseman" immediately grabbed my attention with its bold colors and stark, otherworldly landscape. A horseman rides toward a two-spired rock formation that has a large planet looming beyond it. The artwork was done by Edson Moraes, who has done some of Wenzel’s previous album covers as well as artwork for his website - very effectively done!

Wenzel says that “the music on this album was conceptualized with metaphors and allegories in mind. For example, the ‘Distant Horseman’ could stand for an alien life-form, or for any of life’s challenges. It’s about the unknown, the unknowable.... This album is about transformation, but also a seasonal journey as a metaphor for an entire life.... But primarily it is a positive journey of surviving and becoming stronger because of hardships, and then breaking through and finding bliss.” That’s a lot to cover in less than an hour, but Timothy Wenzel has created a fascinating journey told with beautiful music along with optional enhancements from poetry and a group of illustrations on his website to further stimulate the imagination.

"Distant Horseman" begins with “A Bend In the River,” a soothing piece that suggests images of a gently-flowing river in no hurry to go anywhere - a lovely start to our musical journey! The title track is somewhat mysterious and features violin, guitar, and piano in a simple folksong kind of style - a favorite. “Turn and Walk Away” is a haunting reflection on how sometimes relationships end and we are forced to do just that. “No Tomorrow” reminds that eventually time runs out for everyone. Primarily a duet for piano and violin, light percussion and a few other instrumental touches add color and texture. The second half of the album is lighter and less introspective, starting with the cinematic sweep of “Forgiven,” a turning point of sorts. “Ecstasy Eyes” is a gentle love song, pure and simple, expressing sweet wonder and deep emotion. “Summer’s Dance” has a shimmering quality, as things do with new love. “Luminous Wake, Starlit Sea” closes the album with “a lullaby to fall asleep to where you continue your journey in your dreams” - calming, magical and soothing all at the same time.

"Distant Horseman" is sure to follow Timothy Wenzel’s previous releases to the top of the charts! Recommended!

PIANIST AND SYNTH-PLAYER TIMOTHY WENZEL EXPLORES THE SEASONS OF LIFE ON NEW CD

GenaPeters,

Over the past five years Timothy Wenzel has become one of the most popular and esteemed new age musicians with lots of airplay and high chart numbers. His latest album is DISTANT HORSEMAN. As usual he writes gorgeous piano melodies and then fills out the sound with synthesized instrumentation such as flute, acoustic guitar, oboe, harpsichord, drums and the occasional string section or wordless vocal background choir. But on this recording he also has a real violinist, Josie Quick, who shares the lead spotlight and adds her own warmth and passion.

Featuring an amazing sci-fi cover illustration, the disc contains a dozen well-produced instrumental tunes that were inspired by affairs of the heart, seasonal and life changes, and questions about what comes next. If you are looking for top-grade contemporary instrumental music, you have arrived at that place in the universe where those dreams come true.

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus

MDiamond,

Having written previously about Timothy Wenzel’s “Summon The Wind” and “River Serene” albums, I’ve become a fan of his beautifully written compositions. I’ve learned that Timothy likes to center his music on a specific theme, and this one is no exception. Comprising twelve instrumental selections, the album Distant Horseman is conceptually both a spiritual and a seasonal journey. The songs represent an introspective and allegorical journey, a pondering of what is around the bend in the river… the uncertainties, the resolution and strengthening of spirit. The seasonal aspect reflects the thawing of winter and the coming of spring, as well as personal re-birth.

Timothy’s music is diverse and can range from earthy to ethereal. Opening with “A Bend In The River, this track definitely has both feet planted firmly on the ground with its blend of Appalachian-tinged folk influence and Contemporary Instrumental sounds. Joining Timothy as a special guest on the musical voyage, here and throughout the album, is violinist Josie Quick. I have previously written about Josie’s participation on an album that she played on with her husband, guitarist Tom Carleno called "Perfect Imperfection." Josie is an exceptionally talented musician and an inspiring addition to Timothy’s wonderful album.

Next up is the title song that continues on the earthy end of the spectrum with its lilting Celtic influence. The song has that somewhat bittersweet feel that gives Celtic music such emotional resonance. As mentioned, thematically the album starts with winter and moves into spring and summer. With track 7, we come to a place that Timothy calls “the emotional turning point in the journey,” with a song entitled “Forgiven.” It’s an upbeat and dramatic composition that evolves through various moods and movements with a cinematic air. Sweet and soulful is how I would describe “Ecstasy Eyes.” Timothy’s lovely chord progression on piano reminded me a bit of “Pachelbel Canon,” and is embellished by the sound of angelic choirs and Josie’s emotive violin playing.

In addition to composing and performing such interesting and original music, Timothy has a wonderful sense as an arranger and a real talent for placing various instruments and elements in a mix that add interest and bring his compositions to life. I enjoy the diversity of his music and not knowing what to expect from one track to the next. I also appreciate how Timothy builds his albums around well-defined themes that bring the listener into the world he has created. "Distant Horseman" is an imaginative musical journey that will appeal to a wide listening audience.

To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: MichaelDiamondMusic.com

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  • ORIGIN
    South Haven, MI
  • BORN
    1955

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