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Brian Kelly
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Award-winning Composer & Pianist
Award-winning Composer & Pianist

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My red-carpet moment at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards on Nov. 17, 2016 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Pleased to be a Nominee for best New Age Song.
#redcarpetmoment #hmmawards #hmmawards2016 #HollywoodMusicInMediaAwards #briankellymusic #briankelly #pianoescapade #solopiano #pianomusic #composer
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Wow! The 2016 USA Songwriting Competition awarded me First Prize in the Instrumental category for “Piano Escapade,” the opening track on Butterfly Rapture!! Congrats to the other First Prize Winners!
http://www.songwriting.net/winners #usasongwritingcompetition #bestinstrumental #BrianKellyMusic #BrianKelly #PianoEscapade #pianomusic #solopiano #butterflyrapture
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Brian Kelly - nominee at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards for Best New Age Song on Nov. 17, 2016 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.
#hmmawards #HollywoodMusicInMediaAwards #BrianKellyMusic #BrianKelly #pianomusic #solopiano #composer #PianoEscapade
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Just found out that my solo piano piece, Piano Escapade, from Butterfly Rapture is a Finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition for Best Instrumental Song. Winners will be announced on 11/22.
https://songwriting.net/winners #briankellymusic #briankelly #pianoescapade #butterflyrapture #usasongwritingcompetition #bestinstrumentalsong #solopiano #pianomusic
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Very grateful to have received a generous 5-star review of Butterfly Rapture on Amazon from Grammy® winning composer Ricky Kej! https://www.amazon.com/Butterfly-Rapture-Brian-Kelly/dp/B015S57J3C#customerReviews
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“What a beauty! The expressive piano speaks a language of utter serenity and tranquility and makes any day a special one! From the sparkling melody that Brian plays out so beautifully on the piano on "Butterfly Rapture" to the soaring "Room for Sky"....the stark beauty of "Winter Aura", the ethereal melody of "Playing My Heart"....the seriously lovely "Hills in Bloom"...each track imparts a certain imagery that imprints it on one's mind. Now I just close my eyes and visualize these tracks :-). Produced brilliantly, this music is as incandescent and colorful as a Butterfly's wings :-) :-) :-)”

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Here is a review of my Butterfly Rapture solo piano album from Reviews New Age http://www.reviewsnewage.com/2016/10/17/brian-kelly-butterfly-rapture/
(translated from Spanish by C. Comella):
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Butterfly Rapture cover 200It's been a long time since we have received a solo piano album where joy and energy are present in the majority of the pieces. Butterfly Rapture brings us the colorful and intense work of pianist and composer Brian Kelly, made up of twelve compositions that travel intensely between tenderness and boldness, and all embellished with the fleeting light touches of mastery.

Butterfly Rapture opens with my favorite piece, “Piano Escapade.” This composition integrates romanticism and hope in its notes, making it one of the most beautiful pieces on the entire CD. The intensity of the melody perfectly joins with the nexus of the notes and chords. Fantastic beginning!

"Room for Sky" is subtly more formal and reserved. Large arpeggios emanate from the left hand, while the right hand covers the keyboard with a rolling and striking melody. Another wonder from Butterfly Rapture.

Returning to Kelly's musical warmth enters "Flowers at Her Feet". This piece, together with others of equally brief duration are those that give character to Butterfly Rapture's radiant energy and light. "Flowers at Her Feet" has a touch of improvisation that offers a masterful stroke to the track.

"Lilac Horizon" is subdued, the first song on the album that breaks the general profile, but in spite of this, it does not stop being an interesting and deep theme.

We return to the happiness that flows from Kelly's hands. He presents "Chasing a Breeze," another of the album's exciting jewels, a theme that invites one to imagine the rapid movements of the pianist's fingers on the keyboard. A delight!

The shortest of the compositions is sweet and sensitive, powerful to the point of drawing a pleasant smile on the listener. With a classical and minimalist touch, Spiral Moon is one of the delights that Butterfly Rapture displays.

"Hills in Bloom" is not as intense as some of the other earlier pieces, but it preserves that same joyful touch.

Brilliant introduction to "Niko's Delight.” A stroke of dance, the chords accompany radiant notes that are born in the high end of the piano. "Niko's Delight" gives us the instant affection and delicacy of Butterfly Rapture.

Again, with a romantic touch, appear exhilarating notes. "Playing My Heart" plays with silences, with the fleeting force of notes and chords, and shows us the most tender and sincere side of love. Beautiful!

"View from the Swing" is a musical game, a fun soundtrack. Slightly quick and yes very attractive in its melody, "View from the Swing" mixes melody and jazz touches with tremendous skill. Beguiling composition!

A moment for reflection comes from "Winter Aura." The piece presents a very original dialogue between both hands, and continues a game between silence and notes of the most pure jazz style. "Winter Aura" is another of the album's remarkable compositions.

The title track closes the CD. "Butterfly Rapture" is a romantic narration made from music. Like the soundtrack from an animated Disney story, "Butterfly Rapture" delights the senses. The changes in tempo, the melody, and the magic are spectacular. Great, Brian!

Mastery, hues, and harmonies are seen in the new work from pianist and composer Brian Kelly, a perfect display of piano filled with life, capable of invoking deep emotions within the listener. Butterfly Rapture is one of the best solo piano albums of the year, without doubt.
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Thrilled to see my album, Butterfly Rapture, is on the Official 59th Grammy® Awards First-Round Ballot for consideration! Nominees will be announced on Dec. 6, 2016. It’s been a pleasure participating in the voting process this year and listening to the exceptional artistry of my friends and colleagues whose music is also on the ballot. Best of luck to all!
#grammy #naras #VotingMember #ForYourConsideration #TheRecordingAcademy #FYC #59thgrammyawards #briankelly #butterflyrapture #solopiano #briankellymusic
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I’m excited to learn that the title track from Butterfly Rapture has been nominated Best New Age Song in the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards! IMAs will be announced from the stage at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on November 12, 2016. (The album is also on the Grammy® ballot this year for Best New Age Album.)
#IndependentMusicAwards #IMAs #briankelly #butterflyrapture #NewAge #IMAnominee #piano #solopiano #composer #musicaward #grammy #59thgrammyawards #briankellymusic
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I had a great time at a Grammy® mixer event held at JJ’s Blues club in San Jose on Oct. 12, 2016 (organized by producer/engineer Michael Lazarus). I got to hang out with three great trumpet players, whose Contemporary Instrumental albums are on the 59th Grammy® Awards ballot this year. L-R: Jeff Oster (Live!), David Longoria (The Journey), Steffen Kuehn (Leap of Faith), Brian Kelly (Butterfly Rapture). Best of luck to all of us!
#grammy #naras #VotingMember #ForYourConsideration #TheRecordingAcademy #FYC #59thgrammyawards #BrianKelly #ButterflyRapture #ContemporaryInstrumental #solopiano #briankellymusic
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