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.
|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|
|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 II: Dream Palace||1997||Narada|
|Faeries: A Realm of Magic and Enchantment||1999||Narada|
|Kingdom of the Sun||2003||Narada|
|Best of David Arkenstone||2005||Narada|