Kerani

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Kerani

Kerani is a Belgian born composer and arranger, recording artist and producer of Hungarian descent. Her music has been described as sophisticated, and carefully crafted, with classical influences.[1] Kerani scores music for documentaries, short film and trailers. At this moment, she has 6 albums to her name. In 2015, she won the ZMR Music Award for Best Neoclassical New-Age Album with her third album "Arctic Sunrise".[2]

Biography[edit]

Born in Belgium to Hungarian parents, Kerani currently lives in the Netherlands where she runs her music recording and production studio, Kerani Music Studio.

At the age of 18, Kerani teamed up with a couple of studio musicians to record her instrumental compositions Seagullsong and Oblivion. The single got regional airplay and Oblivion became the tune of a breakfast show on Radio 2 Flanders. In this period, she also performed as lead vocalist and keyboardist in a cover band.

Her professional musical career took flight in 2011 when Kerani composed the soundtrack to a number of documentary films commissioned by the Historical Society of the Roerstreek in the Netherlands. In that same year, she released her first album, Wings of Comfort. Her next album, The Journey, was launched exactly one year later. Both recordings received strong airplay. Meanwhile, she also worked for Peaceful Radio, a Dutch internet radio station, where she conducted interviews with various international new-age artists, such as Rodrigo Rodriguez and Sabine van Baaren.[3]

In the run-up to the release of her third album Arctic Sunrise in 2014, Kerani wrote the soundtrack to several documentaries commissioned by the NWO - the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research. She also re-orchestrated a large set of children's songs for an instruction DVD for disabled children, called 't Steyntje zingt. Arctic Sunrise went to #2 on the International Zone Music Reporter Chart for new-age music, got airplay on hundreds of radio stations worldwide, was a Top 10 album on the annual ZMR rankings,[4] and won the ZMR Neo-Classical Album of the Year Award.[5] From this album, the classical track Far Away from Home was re-orchestrated, recorded and published for windband by Bronsheim Music. [6]

In 2015, a few days before performing in concert with Terry Oldfield, Kerani launched her fourth concept album, Equilibrium [7] On this album, she is joined by special guest musicians including concertmaster of the South-Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Wilfred Sassen, violist Joanne Wigmans, cellist Joep Willems and brass musician Jos Gijsen. Some of the musicians are known internationally, such as shakuhachi flute player and recording artist Rodrigo Rodriguez , guitarist Romain van Beek and flutist and vocalist Jan Mertens. The album received a nomination for the Best Neo-Classical New Age Album by the ZMR and is also nominated for Best Electronic Album by One World Music Radio in the UK.[8]

In the spring of 2017, Kerani released her fifth concept album, called Stardust. It is a space-themed album that was recorded with Roermonds Orkest De Symphonie, conducted by Christiaan Janssen, Gemengd Vocaal Ensemble Canto Rinato, conducted by Anton Kropivšek. In total, 60 musicians have participated in this elaborate project, which was led by executive producer Arno Op den Camp, and supported by multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning producer Kabir Sehgal, who also wrote the liner notes. While receiving many accolades from the international press [9][10][11][12] and holding the #1 position in the ZMR International Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart during the months of June [13] and July 2017,[14] Stardust was nominated in 2 categories by the ZMR: New Age Album of the Year 2017 and Best Neo-Classical Album.[15]

In 2018, Kerani launched her sixth neo-classical album, called Small Treasures[16]. It is a collection of musical inspirations which found their origin in experiences that have affected Kerani's life. This makes Small Treasures her most personal work so far. Small Treasures was recorded with a string quartet, supplemented with a select number of guest artists, such as Grammy nominated Canadian flautist Ron Korb, Irish singer songwriter Chanele McGuinness and Brazilian soprano coloratura and guitarist Carla Maffioletti. Just like its predecessor, Small Treasures held the #1 position in the ZMR International Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart for 2 months. [17] [18]. Two songs from the album have been nominated for the 2018 Peace Song Awards in the New Age category. [19]

Kerani produces and hosts 2 shows for One World Music Radio. "Kaleidoscope" is a theme-based show in which she brings a wide variety of new age music, ranging from piano solo to neo-classical. In "Musings With ..." she conducts interviews with musicians who have left their mark on the new age music industry, such as Moya Brennan [20] and Erik Wøllo [21].

Discography[edit]

  1. Wings of Comfort (album 2011)
  2. The Journey (album 2012)
  3. Echo of our Souls (single 2013)
  4. Wonderful Peace/Stralande Jul (single 2013)
  5. Arctic Sunrise (album 2014)
  6. The Story of Christmas (single 2014)
  7. Equilibrium (album 2015)
  8. Days of Yore (single 2016)
  9. Stars (single 2016)
  10. The Little Shepherd's Flute (single 2016)
  11. Stardust (album 2017)
  12. Drive (single 2018)
  13. Small Treasures (album 2018)

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