Brian Kelly (composer)

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Brian Kelly
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Background information
Born 1960
Flag of the United States.svg New York City, U.S.
Genres Contemporary Instrumental
Neo-Classical (New Age)
Jazz Fusion
Smooth Jazz
Instruments Piano, Keyboards
Years active 2005 – present
Labels Skylight Music
Website www.briankelly.com

Brian Kelly is an American composer, pianist, and recording artist producing contemporary instrumental and solo piano music. He has released three contemporary piano instrumental albums and published two sheet music songbooks.

Music Career[edit]

Butterfly Rapture, Kelly's third studio album (released October 1, 2015), is a collection of twelve original solo piano pieces.[1][2] The album was awarded three medals from the Global Music Awards: a Silver Medal for Album (June 2016),[3] a Silver Medal for Composition/Composer of the title-track “Butterfly Rapture” (June 2016),[3] and a Bronze Medal in the Instrumental Performance Solo category.[4] Butterfly Rapture was nominated 2015 “Contemporary and Modern” Album of the Year by SoloPiano.com[5] and “Piano Escapade,” the opening track, was nominated for a 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Award in the New Age/Ambient category.[6] The album charted #4 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart in January 2016.[7]

Afterplay, his second studio album (released November 1, 2008), features Eric Crystal on sax, Viviana Guzman on flute, and David Rokeach on drums. [8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17] The album was awarded second place in the Best Instrumental Jazz Album category of the Just Plain Folks Music Awards,[18] and "Celtic Fire," track #8 from the album, was nominated Best Instrumental Jazz Song.[19] Afterplay ranked third on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Radio Chart for three months in a row (November 2008 thru January 2009).[20][21][22]

Pools of Light, his debut album of contemporary instrumental music (released February 15, 2005),[23][24][25] charted #1 on the New Age Reporter international radio charts for two months in a row (June and July 2005)[26][27] and garnered him a “Best New Artist” nomination in the 2005 Lifestyle Music Awards.[28] Pools of Light was named among the Top 40 Favorite CDs of the Decade (2000-2009) by Kathy Parsons of MainlyPiano.com.[29]

Kelly was Keyboard magazine’s Annual Reader Tape Contest winner for the recording of his composition “Todd Pond,” which is included on the Flexi-disc Soundpage in the February 1990 issue.[30] His music has been featured in television (Travel Channel, BBC Worldwide, MTV), film (NBA Entertainment), in-flight programming (United, JetBlue, Continental, Southwest), and has received airplay from radio stations and satellite music networks (Music Choice, Sirius XM radio, Pandora Radio, Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio).[31][32] His sheet music songbooks, published by Skylight Music, include: Pools of Light Solo Piano Songbook[33] and Tomorrow's Daydream Solo Piano Songbook.[34]

Background[edit]

Born in New York City, Kelly grew up in Palo Alto, California. He began his piano studies at age 8, creating pieces for his mother who played classical piano at home and violin for a community opera company. He has extensive experience as a stage actor and singer, having performed in numerous plays and musical theatre productions, including several leading roles at TheatreWorks (Silicon Valley) and the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.[35] He studied music composition with Lewis Spratlan at Amherst College and Roland Wiggins at Hampshire College; improvisation with members of the world-fusion group Oregon (Ralph Towner and Paul McCandless) and pianist Art Lande at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado; and jazz piano with Andy LaVerne in New York City. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and a voting member of the Recording Academy.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • 2005 Expect a Miracle, Orange Music[36]
  • 2005 Oasis New Age Sampler V.5, features the song "Open Sky" on disc 1, track No. 12
  • 2008 Music In Motion: The Best of NewAgePiano.net, features the song "Angels Breathing" on track No. 19[37][38]
  • 2012 Healing Flutes, features the song "Heaven on Earth" on track No. 8.

Sheet Music[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Metcalf, Dick (5 December 2015). "Issue # 158 Reviews – Improvijazzation Nation". rotcodzzaj.com. Archived from the original on 26 December 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
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  5. ^ a b "2015 Album of the Year Nominees Announced! - SoloPiano". SoloPiano.com. 5 January 2016. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "2016 Music Genre Nominees – Hollywood Music In Media Awards - HMMA". hmmawards.com. 22 April 2016. Archived from the original on 27 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "New Age / Ambient / World Top 100 Radio Chart". ZoneMusicReporter.com. January 2016. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
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  9. ^ Binkelman, Bill (25 November 2008). "New Age/Ambient/World Music Reviews". ZoneMusicReporter.com. Archived from the original on 5 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Seltenrich, Nate (27 November 2008). "Your Daily Lick: Brian Kelly - Culture Spy - East Bay Express". eastbayexpress.com. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
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  12. ^ "MBR: Library Bookwatch, December 2008". midwestbookreview.com. December 2008. Archived from the original on 18 November 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
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  14. ^ "Smooth Jazz Therapy: Brian Kelly - Afterplay". smoothjazztherapy.com. 23 December 2008. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  15. ^ Augarde, Tony (February 2009). "Brian Kelly Afterplay SL1002  : Jazz CD Reviews - 2009 MusicWeb International". musicweb-international.com. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  16. ^ Abushady, Mark Maxwell (February 2009). "Media Reviews by Mark Maxwell Abushady". creationsmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "Heathen Harvest - Reviews: Brian Kelly - Afterplay". hh.heathenhideout.com. May 2009. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards Album Winners". jpfolks.com. September 2009. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards Album Nominees". jpfolks.com. June 2009. Archived from the original on 9 February 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  20. ^ "New Age / Ambient / World Top 100 Radio Chart". zonemusicreporter.com. November 2008. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "New Age / Ambient / World Top 100 Radio Chart". zonemusicreporter.com. December 2008. Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  22. ^ "New Age / Ambient / World Top 100 Radio Chart". zonemusicreporter.com. January 2009. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  23. ^ Parsons, Kathy (31 August 2004). "Brian Kelly - Pools of Light". mainlypiano.com. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  24. ^ Lannan, R.J. (25 June 2005). "Popup Review Page". zonemusicreporter.com. Archived from the original on 27 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  25. ^ O’Brien, Scott (1 December 2006). "Smoothjazz.com - Listening Loft". smoothjazz.com. Archived from the original on 5 January 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  26. ^ "New Age / Ambient / World Top 100 Radio Chart". zonemusicreporter.com. June 2005. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  27. ^ "New Age / Ambient / World Top 100 Radio Chart". zonemusicreporter.com. July 2005. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  28. ^ a b "2005 NAR Lifestyle Music Awards Nominees". newagereporter.com. July 2005. Archived from the original on 3 February 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  29. ^ Parsons, Kathy (2 January 2011). "Kathy’s Top 40 Favorites for the Decade!". mainlypiano.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  30. ^ a b Aikin, Jim (February 1990). "The Year's Best Home Tapes". Keyboard Magazine. Vol. 16 no. 166. pp. 50–52. 
  31. ^ "XMFan.com :: #1 Fan Site of XM Satellite Radio :: XM Radio Community Forums". xmfan.com. 4 January 2007. Archived from the original on 6 January 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  32. ^ "Solo Piano CDs, iTunes Downloads and CD Reviews". solopianoradio.com. February 2016. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  33. ^ Parsons, Kathy (December 2011). "Brian Kelly - Pools of Light Songbook review". MainlyPiano.com. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  34. ^ Parsons, Kathy. "Brian Kelly - Tomorrow’s Daydream Songbook review". MainlyPiano.com. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  35. ^ "BRIAN KELLY - Theatre Credits - Musical Theatre - Palo Alto Children's Theatre - TheatreWorks - Paly". briankelly.com. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  36. ^ "Orange Music catalog". Orangemusicnet.com. Archived from the original on 28 October 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2006. 
  37. ^ "newagepiano.net - shop". newagepiano.net. 12 November 2008. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
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