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Brian Kelly
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Attended Hampshire College
Lives in Oakland, CA
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Surprised and grateful to learn that my #SoloPiano album #ButterflyRapture received two Silver Medals from Global Music Awards: one for Album, and one for Composition/Composer of “Butterfly Rapture” (the title track). #BrianKelly #piano #composer #GlobalMusicAwards 
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Great news! One of the tracks from my new album has been nominated for a 2016 Hollywood Music in Media (HMMA) Award! #PianoEscapade #BrianKelly #piano #ButterflyRapture #hmma #hmmaward #HollywoodMusicInMediaAward #composer #solopiano
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Very pleased to learn that I am now an artist on Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio!
Several tracks from Butterfly Rapture are currently in rotation there. http://solopianoradio.com/cdstore.htm
#pianomusic #butterflyrapture #briankelly #piano #WhisperingsSoloPianoRadio #composer #solopiano
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My new album “Butterfly Rapture” has won Best Instrumental / Piano Album in the Akademia Music Awards (February 2016)!
#piano #briankelly #akademiamusicawards   #butterflyrapture  #composer #solopiano
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My new album, Butterfly Rapture, is now on Pandora. Please create a "Brian Kelly" station today and "thumbs-up" my music there. I appreciate your support!
#solopiano #briankelly #butterflyrapture #piano #pandora #composer
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Great news! Butterfly Rapture has been nominated 2015 Best "Contemporary and Modern" Album of the Year by SoloPiano.com (announced 1/7/16). #solopiano #briankelly #butterflyrapture #piano #composer
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Here is a review by Steve Sheppard (One World Music) of my Butterfly Rapture album:

"There is nothing like starting the day with music and today I get to sample the delights of Butterfly Rapture by Brian Kelly. The album opens with the lively Piano Escapade, while the tempo is up-beat; there is a real up lifting segment cleverly woven into the composition that creates some beautiful imagery, this is very stylishly performed indeed.

Room for Sky, this is one of those pieces that seems to manifest an emotion all of its own, the performance is vast and whilst the tempo is up-beat, it also retains sense of longing and with only two tracks into the release, Brian Kelly has already shown us a very distinctive style, one that at times reminds me of Isadar.

The powerful beginning to the album continues, but this time using a wonderful picturesque performance of Flowers at her Feet. I guess my feelings and emotions are still with the loss of Keith Emerson, but on this piece Kelly’s style really reminds me of those magical moments when Keith became the incredible creator of solo segments for the band, this is a really stunning composition, and one of my favourites.

Now for something completely different and in fact this almost borders at times on the classical, we now hear a delightful track called Lilac Horizon. This piece is played so beautifully one can almost see fields of Lilac blowing in a gentle summer wind.

The next track fits well with the preceding one and is called Chasing a Breeze. However that gentle summer wind I referred to in my last paragraph has now become a frisky early morning Breeze, the energy and performance once more allows our imagination to create a picturesque back drop, packed with vitality.

At the half way point we come across a piece called Spiral Moon, the beginning of this composition was so revealing, one could see the moon appear from a late night cloud and then starts beginning to emerge from the heat of the waning day.

It’s spring here in Cyprus; there is a glorious sense of colour everywhere and in this arrangement we see that very sense in the performance from Brian Kelly, this is one track that drifts back and forth as we take in this awe inspiring sight.

It’s time for a dedication, as we listen to Niko’s Delight, smooth and gentle tones are carefully and respectfully played, with an elevated sense of energy towards the latter part of the piece, which lead us right into the open arms of the next piece called Playing My Heart, this is one lush arrangement that is also incredibly sensitive and played from that heart centre, the performance is played with a meaningful intent, with a good deal of passion as well; a complex, but entirely captivating track this one.

View from the Swing, I love titles like this, makes me feel like I have walked into an art gallery and in a way I guess we have dear reader. Here is a track that seems to reinvent itself from memories past along the way and in a way could be seen as an anthem for happy childhood thoughts perhaps. Brian Kelly has a signature sound that is totally unique and one can really appreciate that most on this piece.

We now knock at the last but one door of the album Butterfly Rapture, and listen to the penultimate piece called Winter Aura; it does indeed feel like we have gone through all four seasons during this journey, I listened to this one several times and each time its mournful repose thrilled me, again Emerson in style, but creative beyond belief and so incredibly performed, manifesting a little winter magic with the wave of a hand and a build and progression of complexity like never before, perhaps we have a new genre, Progressive Piano?

The last port of call for us the title track itself, Butterfly Rapture. We end with the majesty and grace that the opportunity of a title track deserves, the melody is charming and the performance light, but yet again incredibly skillful and deeply thoughtful.

Butterfly Rapture is an album that crosses borders on several genres and even creates new ones, this is one of the most exciting and unique albums I have heard for quite some time and as such I can completely recommend Brian Kelly and Butterfly Rapture as an album you seriously should get as quick as possible."

#piano #briankelly #butterflyrapture #composer #solopiano

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My latest album, Butterfly Rapture, has won a Bronze Medal from the Global Music Awards in the Instrumental Performance Solo category! #butterflyrapture #globalmusicawards #briankelly #piano #composer #solopiano
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I am delighted to learn that Butterfly Rapture, my new solo piano album,  charted #4 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart in January 2016! Special thanks go to the radio program directors, producers, and hosts for sharing my music with your audiences.
http://www.zonemusicreporter.com/charts/top100.asp?m=01&y=2016
#zonemusicreporter #piano #zmr #briankelly #butterflyrapture  #solopiano #composer
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Here is a feature article about Brian Kelly and Butterfly Rapture at Music and Media Focus by Michael Diamond on 1/9/16. “I am beyond impressed with Brian’s talents as a pianist and composer, and found this to be one of the most unique solo piano albums I’ve heard in a while.”
#solopiano #briankelly #butterflyrapture #piano #composer
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Pics from the promo mailing of my Butterfly Rapture album 12/28/15. Maybe snail-mail will cut through the digital noise? #solopiano #briankelly #butterflyrapture #piano #composer
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Introduction
BRIAN KELLY is an award-winning American composer, pianist, and recording artist who has released three contemporary piano instrumental albums and published two sheet music songbooks.

Brian’s latest release, Butterfly Rapture (his first solo piano album), is a collection of twelve neoclassical pieces with jazz, gospel, and Celtic influences. The album won Best Instrumental / Piano Album in the Akademia Music Awards (February 2016), was nominated 2015 “Contemporary and Modern” Album of the Year by SoloPiano.com, and charted #4 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart in January 2016.

Brian’s previous album, Afterplay, was awarded second place in the “Best Instrumental Jazz Album” category of the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards, and Celtic Fire, track #8 from the album, was nominated "Best Instrumental Jazz Song." Afterplay ranked third on the New Age Reporter Top 100 Radio Chart for three months in a row (November 2008 thru January 2009) and was chosen as a “Best of 2008” pick by Audiosyncracy.

Brian’s debut album, Pools of Light, charted #1 on the Zone Music Reporter radio charts for two months in a row (June and July 2005) and garnered him a “Best New Artist” nomination in the 2005 Lifestyle Music Awards. Pools of Light was voted Top 10 Best New Age Albums of 2004 by Kathy Parsons of Solo Piano Publications.

Brian 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. His music has been featured in television (Travel Channel, BBC Worldwide, MTV), film (NBA Entertainment), in-flight programming (United, JetBlue, Continental, Southwest), and receives airplay from radio stations and satellite music networks around the world (Music Choice, XM Radio, Pandora, Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio). His sheet music songbooks, published by Skylight Music, include: Pools of Light Solo Piano Songbook and Tomorrow’s Daydream Solo Piano Songbook.

Born in New York City, Brian 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. Brian has extensive experience as a stage actor and singer, having performed in numerous plays and musical theatre productions, including several leading roles at TheatreWorks and the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. He studied music composition with Roland Wiggins at Hampshire College and Lewis Spratlan at Amherst 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.

Brian is a graduate of Hampshire College, a voting member of The Recording Academy, and currently resides with his wife and their two tuxedo cats in the San Francisco Bay Area.

More information available at www.briankelly.com

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"...the swing and complexity of melodic jazz and the studio precision of Steely Dan ..." – East Bay Express

“...POOLS OF LIGHT is a lush, sparkling journey into a beautiful world of elegant melodies and brilliant artistry. The music rises and falls in powerful, yet gentle, waves of emotion... a totally captivating collection of original compositions…” - SmoothJazz.com 

”A talent worth watching” - Keyboard Magazine 

“Kelly's music has that wonderful dream-like quality that comes out of the mist and pulls you towards the light” - New Age Reporter 

“The CD has a wonderful flow and cohesiveness, creating an uplifting and relaxing musical experience... Very highly recommended” - Kathy Parsons 
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Has run the Bay to Breakers for 13 consecutive years.
Education
  • Hampshire College
  • Palo Alto H.S.
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