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!
Butterfly Rapture by Brian Kelly is now playing on Pandora. Please create a “Brian Kelly” station today and “thumbs-up” my music there.
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- Piano Escapade
- Room for Sky
- Flowers at Her Feet
- Lilac Horizon
- Chasing a Breeze
- Spiral Moon
- Hills in Bloom
- Niko’s Delight
- Playing My Heart
- View from the Swing
- Winter Aura
- Butterfly Rapture
Perhaps the most challenging part of album production for me is naming the pieces! Initially, I identify my pieces by the date of conception (for example, 20140316). Gradually, over weeks and months, I collect titles that evoke the mood of the piece. Then I check iTunes to see if those titles already exist. If so, I eliminate or modify those titles. I’m proud to say, all but one of these titles is unique on iTunes – at least, as of today! The final song list becomes a cohesive set of images that suggests a story and exists as a condensed form of poetry. It’s all part of the artistic process.
Pre-production of Butterfly Rapture, the forthcoming solo piano album by Brian Kelly, is currently under way using the following audio gear: MOTU DP8, running on Apple iMac (3.2 GHz Intel Core i3) OS 10.9.5, MOTU 896 audio interface, MOTU MIDI Timepiece/AV, Yamaha P-80 Electronic Piano, Mackie HR824 monitors, and AKG K240DF headphones.
In 2013 music by Brian Kelly was licensed for use in TV and video productions by: BBC Worldwide, Simon & Schuster, MTV/tr3s (for a reality show called “Quiero Mi Baby”), Fuji Pacific Music, Ecentric Arts, MeadWestvaco, and SGAE (Societat General d’Autors i Editors).
Photos of my recent recording sessions with drummer David Rokeach for my contemporary jazz project. David Rokeach drums recorded at Megasonic Sound by engineer Jeremy Goody, Oakland, CA – May 5, 2013. Recording music by Brian Kelly.
More music from a suite for piano and chamber orchestra composed by Brian Kelly in the late 1990’s: Adventures In Twilight and Candle Glow. Music composed, arranged, and performed by Brian Kelly. Brian Kelly – piano, keyboards, percussion.
More music from a suite for piano and chamber orchestra I composed in the late 1990’s (First Wish, Evening Star). Music composed, arranged, and performed by Brian Kelly. Brian Kelly – piano, keyboards, percussion.
Enjoy two more rough-mixes from the Brian Kelly contemporary jazz album project: “Monkey Stone” (Brian Kelly – piano, keyboards, percussion; Evan Francis – flute; Ben Mawhorter – tablas, djembe) and
“Liquid Embers” (Brian Kelly – keyboards, percussion; Eric Crystal – soprano sax).