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David Arkenstone

David Arkenstone is an American new age musician. His music is primarily instrumental, with occasional vocalizations. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 1 1952 and is married to Diane Arkenstone, who is also a musician. They have three children - Quillon, Dashiell and Valinor.


After moving to California at the age of ten from Chicago, he was involved in various high school bands playing guitars and keyboards, whilst also playing baseball in his spare time. He studied music in college and started a progressive rock band named after himself, but he soon discovered the music of Kitaro and was influenced by it. Arkenstone was influenced by writers such as J. R. R. Tolkien and Ian Fleming, and grew up listening to bands like Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Deep Purple and Yes, as well as listening to classical music.

Arkenstone went solo and found his own sound in New Age music. Arkenstone says that has been greatly aided by technology: "Technology has produced some wonderful tools for making music. The computer allows me to fully orchestrate my pieces and really fine tune them. His music is primarily instrumental. His albums, often fantasy themed, often come packaged with literature and art. He worked with science fiction writer Mercedes Lackey on a few of his albums. Arkenstone and his wife, Diane, created their own record label called Neo Pacifica. In addition to releasing their own music on the label, they have included other bands such as Earth Trybe, Enaid, and the Marquis Ensemble.

He has also composed music for television; channels such as the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and NBC Sports include his music. He has also written music for trailers and some of his works were used as film soundtracks. His music also features on computer games such as World of Warcraft, Lands of Lore 2 and 3, Blade Runner and Emperor: Battle for Dune; he also features on 20 Years of Narada Piano. He also wrote the original score for the independent film PRISM.

Arkenstone earned three Grammy nominations for his work: "In the Wake of the Wind" in 1992, "Citizen of the World" in 2000, and "Atlantis" in 2004.

Arkenstone has learned to play a large variety of musical instruments including the bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, harp, cello, flute, electronic keyboards, piano, Turkish saz, pennywhistle, melodica and pan pipes. He also plays drums percussion and has performed some vocalizations on his albums.

Arkenstone is also involved in the band Troika; their sound is similar to his solo work. The band members like to remain anonymous, although the compositions are credited to Arkenstone.


Album Release date Label
Valley in the Clouds 1987 Narada
Island (with Andrew White) 1989 Narada
Citizen of Time 1990 Narada
In the Wake of the Wind 1991 Narada
The Spirit of Olympia (with Kostia) 1992 Narada
Robot Wars 1993 Moonstone
Another Star in the Sky 1994 Narada
Quest of the Dream Warrior 1995 Narada
Return of the Guardians October 1996 Narada
Convergence (with David Lanz) November 1996 Narada
Spirit Wind March 1997 Windham Hill
Enchantment: A Magical Christmas September 1997 Narada
The Celtic Book of Days 1998 Windham Hill
Citizen of the World 1999 Windham Hill
Caravan of Light 2000 Narada
Frontier January 2001 Paras Recording
Music Inspired by Middle Earth 2001 Neo Pacifica Recordings
Spirit of Tibet: A Musical Odyssey June 2002 Green Hill Productions
Sketches from an American Journey June 2002 Paras Recording
Spirit of Ireland January 2003 Green Hill Productions
Christmas Pan Pipes March 2003 Green Hill Productions
Oddysea....A Musical Voyage May 2003 Neo Pacifica Recordings
Spirit of the Rain Forest July 2003 Green Hill Productions
African Skies (with Diane Arkenstone) August 2003 Neo Pacifica Recordings
Christmas Spirit November 2003 Village Square
Echoes of Egypt (with Diane Arkenstone) February 2004 Neo Pacifica Recordings
Caribbean Dreams May 2004 Village Square
Atlantis: A Symphonic Journey September 2004 Narada Records
Myths & Legends May 2007 Gemini Sun Records
Avalon - A Celtic Legend February 19 2002 Paras Group International
Echoes of Light and Shadow June 24, 2008 Gemini Sun Records

Troika series

Album Release date Label
Goddess 1996 Narada
Troika II: Dream Palace 1997 Narada
Faeries: A Realm of Magic and Enchantment 1999 Narada
Shaman 2000 Narada
Kingdom of the Sun 2003 Narada

Compilation albums

Album Release date Label
Chronicles 1993 Narada
Eternal Champion 1998 Narada
Visionary 2002 Narada
Best of David Arkenstone 2005 Narada


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