Tomorrow's Daydream Archives - BRIAN KELLY

2020 Solo Piano Concert Tour – POSTPONED

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UPDATE: Due to health and financial concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of my 2020 concerts have been postponed until 2021. Stay safe and be well!

Award-winning pianist/composer Brian Kelly will be performing a solo piano concert tour in 2021 on the west coast of the USA (California, Oregon, and Washington). Brian will perform music from his acclaimed solo piano albums Butterfly Rapture and Tomorrow’s Daydream, as well as new compositions. Each concert will be presented in tandem with another pianist/composer.

Tickets will go on sale in May 2021 at: https://briankelly.eventbrite.com
Info at www.SoloPianoConcerts.com

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Brian Kelly Wins Best Solo Piano Album Award in 2019 EPR Awards

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Brian Kelly wins Best Solo Piano Album Award in 2019 Enlightened Piano Radio AwardsComposer/pianist Brian Kelly has received the award for Best Solo Piano Album (for his album Tomorrow’s Daydream) in the 2019 Enlightened Piano Radio Awards. The awards concert and ceremony was held on September 19, 2019 at the Place des Arts (Cinquième Salle) in Montréal, Canada.

It was a joy playing my music at the Place des Arts, connecting with the other pianists, and sightseeing in Montréal. Winning the 2019 Best Solo Piano Album award was icing on this delicious cake! Thanks to Enlightened Piano Radio for making this event possible. I am grateful for the recognition.

Listen to Tomorrow’s Daydream on your favorite music streaming platform: https://smarturl.it/tomorrowsdaydreamcd

Composer Brian Kelly is a Finalist in the 2019 Enlightened Piano Radio Awards

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Brian Kelly - 2019 Enlightened Piano Radio Awards - Finalist - Best Solo Piano AlbumComposer & pianist Brian Kelly has been named a Finalist in the 2019 Enlightened Piano Radio Awards in the Best Solo Piano Album category for his album Tomorrow’s Daydream. He will perform music from his album at the awards concert/ceremony to be held at the Place Des Arts in Montreal, Quebec on September 19, 2019.


Album Of The Year

  1. Dan Kennedy
  2. Lisa Swerdlow
  3. Marc-André Pépin

Best Solo Piano

  1. Brian Kelly
  2. Marshall Barnhouse
  3. Milana Tchebotaryov-Zilnik

Best Piano With Instrumentation

  1. Brenda Warren
  2. Cathy McIntyre Oakes
  3. Donovan Johnson

Best New Artist

  1. KeithTim Anderson
  2. Tania Stavreva
  3. Vicente Avella

Best Holiday Album

  1. Pam Asberry
  2. Philip Wesley
  3. Ryan Marvel

Best Piano Jazz Album

  1.  Alan Storeygard
  2. Eric V. Bikales

Tomorrow’s Daydream album Review by Janet Mawdesley

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Here is a Tomorrow’s Daydream album review by Janet Mawdesley at bluewolf-reviews.com:

Much acclaimed pianist Brian Kelly, has in his fourth album captured a little of what it is like to simply enjoy life, the moment of creation whether it be through music or living in this eclectic album of neo-classical gems to be enjoyed.

Tomorrow’s Daydream is a very definitive piece that sets the stage for what it to come and segues effortlessly into Tracing Rainbows, although the track is a bit more upbeat than the usual tribute to the splendour of the rainbow in its natural element. Perhaps this is not such an unusual meter to describe the beauty of nature as rainbows, in all their glory, are generally to be found after a storm or gentle shower of rain.

Fingers tripping lightly over the keys introduces Dancing with the Moon, a track which appeals to the imagination as it is very easy to see a lone figure, bathed in moonlight delighting in the moment, dancing freely, without cares, without limitations.

In a more reflective mood Journey Home is a more peaceful composition which in his signature style, at least on this album, builds to a peak before gently slowing and letting go, depicting the traveller, after a long journey finally arriving at journey’s end.

Secret Look bursts cheerfully onto the scene with a lovely up-tempo beat which encourages a smile and a little tapping of the toe, before gently shifting into the final piece Before You Go, which is tinged with a little sadness, as the end of this delightful album is fast approaching and goodbyes must be said until the next time. Slightly complex, the piece perfectly captures that moment when it is time to go but one lingers on, stretching out that moment of departure.

Kelly’s music background is varied and his ability to shift from classical, to gospel, then add the undertones of a jazz beat, overlaid with a world-fusion style makes this an album that will be enjoyed many times over.

Billed as a contemporary artist and solo pianist Kelly’s previous album Butterfly Rapture was nominated for the 2015 Contemporary and Modern Album of the Year, also collecting a silver medal for the Album and a silver medal for the title track Butterfly Rapture. This album has also been nominated for Best Solo Piano Album in the 2018 Enlightened Piano Radio Awards to be presented in Berlin in October 2018.

Tomorrow’s Daydream album review by Dick Metcalf

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Here is a Tomorrow’s Daydream album review by Dick Metcalf at rotcodzzaj.com:

Brian Kelly – TOMORROW’S DAYDREAM: Brian’s latest solo piano recording, released in March, 2018, is more on the “contemporary” side of things than “New Age”, though listeners in both realms will delight in his ability to create tunes that stir the heart… I last reviewed his “Butterfly Rapture” album in issue # 158, and he got high marks from me then. What makes his playing style so attractive to my ears is the strident and full-bodied chords, and as you listen to his high-energy performance on “Tracing Rainbows“, you’ll understand instantly why I say that… a gloriously wonderful piece of music. The title track, “Tomorrow’s Daydream“, is in a slightly more pensive mood, as you might expect… full of boundless possibilities and the joy of living! My personal favorite of the eleven solo s offered up, though, is “Dancing with the Moon“… it’s full of swirling notes that will bring back many memories of your own night-sky adventures. I give Brian a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, and an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this splendid and exciting aural adventure. Get more information on Brian’s Bandcamp page for the release. Rotcod Zzaj

Tomorrow’s Daydream album review by Kathy Parsons

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Here is a Tomorrow’s Daydream album review by Kathy Parsons at MainlyPiano.com:

Tomorrow’s Daydream is the fourth album from SF Bay Area pianist/composer Brian Kelly. Although the album was just released, it has already garnered two silver medals from the 2018 Global Music Awards – one for “Album” and one for “Instrumental Performance, Solo.” I’m sure the awards won’t stop there as this is an outstanding album! All eleven tracks are original piano solos that reflect Kelly’s diverse music background. He started his piano studies at the age of 8, going on to study composition, improvisation and jazz piano through college and beyond. He also has extensive experience as a stage actor and singer. Strong jazz and classical elements are apparent in the music on Tomorrow’s Daydream, as are gospel, pop and rock influences that blend to create a sound that is uniquely his own. I should also mention that Brian Kelly has the chops to express pretty much anything he chooses with ease. “The boy can play!”

Kelly’s 2015 release, Butterfly Rapture, won and was nominated for several awards and is currently nominated for Best Solo Piano Album in the 2018 Enlightened Piano Radio Awards to be presented in Berlin in October 2018. Kelly’s first album, Pools of Light, was released in 2004 and was named “One of the Best Albums of the Decade” by this reviewer.

Tomorrow’s Daydream opens with the title track, a piece that starts out at a leisurely pace and gradually becomes livelier while maintaining a relaxed feeling. The energetic “Tracing Rainbows” expresses a magical excitement wrapped in swirling colors and joyful exuberance – a favorite! “Dancing With the Moon” begins with a Baroque-sounding intro that becomes beautifully delicate and almost fragile, gradually building to an expressive peak before returning to the softer theme. Near the end of the piece, Kelly inserts a passage that sounds almost like a harp – wow! “Our Own Window” is smooth jazz with a slight edge – cool, relaxed and very graceful. “Daffodil Hill” is another favorite with its joie de vivre spirit and carefree innocence. I feel exactly like this when the daffodils start opening in the early spring and a whole hill covered with them is almost euphoric! “Meant to Fly” takes a poignant, bittersweet turn that is as beautiful as it is emotional – another favorite. “Iris Blue” makes me think of dancers in filmy blue dresses gracefully welcoming the promise of spring – I really like this one, too! “Journey Home” begins with a simple melody that seems to have its soulful roots in gospel music, gradually building more complexity and then returning to the simplicity of the opening passage. “All of Thee Above” has a gentle, uplifting energy that is unhurried and free. The spirited “Secret Look” overflows with unbridled happiness – also a favorite. “Before You Go” closes the album in a more classical style that is both elegant and emotionally powerful – a fitting end to a great album.

Tomorrow’s Daydream is excellent from the first note to the last and I hope it will bring Brian Kelly the attention he and his music so richly deserve. The album is available from www.BrianKelly.com, Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby. Very highly recommended!

Kathy Parsons – MainlyPiano.com

Tomorrow’s Daydream album review by Vivek Kumar

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Here is a Tomorrow’s Daydream album review by Vivek Kumar:

A very vibrant kind of music and definitely one of the few albums that I would place on the top shelf! There’s a lot of promise, variety, and novelty in the album. If you love listening to solo piano, this should be an easy choice for you.

There’s a kind of freshness in the songs, and I like the different moods that the artist has tried to bring in, presenting a visual imagery of the song’s theme with sound.

The first two songs are my favorite–they just carry a unique rhythm which I could easily relate to and feel connected immediately.

There are 11 tracks on the album and Brian has tried to offer different textures to the listener.

The control, the innovative approach and the dexterity of the fingers are audible at various places throughout the album–no wonder that Brian’s previous music has also been licensed for various purposes and was received with much admiration.

This is the first time I heard his music but I could easily recognize the ease with which he approaches his music–a clear demonstration of his mastery and skill. There’s a certain level of accomplishment for an artist, which once reached, becomes visible (or audible in this case) in the creation and the work of art separates itself from the rest. Brian clearly has reached that level.

I will say the album is worth if you choose to spend your time and money.

Congratulations to Brian for bringing out this collection and sharing his gifts with the world.

Tomorrow’s Daydream wins two 2018 Global Music Awards

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Tomorrow's Daydream by composer Brian Kelly wins two silver medals in the 2018 Global Music Awards.TOMORROW’S DAYDREAM, the new solo piano album by composer Brian Kelly, has just won two Silver Medals in the 2018 Global Music Awards: one for Album, the other for Instrumental Performance Solo! Many thanks to Gary Mankin (engineer of 5 Grammy-nominated albums) for mixing and mastering my 4th album.

Tomorrow’s Daydream may now be pre-ordered on iTunes, Amazon, and BandCamp. The album will be available on all major streaming services (Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, etc.) when it officially releases on March 16, 2018.

New Album Tomorrow’s Daydream Officially Releases March 16th

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Tomorrow's Daydream Brian Kelly CD ecowallet artworkMy fourth album, Tomorrow’s Daydream, will be released on March 16, 2018, which is my birthday!

This is an image of the art proof provided by the manufacturer (DiscMakers). The packaging is a 4-panel Eco-wallet with spine. I created the package design, incorporating a spectacular image by Adrian Borda and a photo of me taken last Fall by my lovely spouse on our trip to Vienna. I am in front of the piano in the apartment where Franz Schubert died. He actually played that piano!

Tomorrow’s Daydream Songbook Review

By | Reviews, Sheet Music

A review of my new songbook has been posted on MainlyPiano.com by Kathy Parsons: “. . . a sparkling collection of Brian Kelly’s own transcriptions of the eleven original piano solos from his forthcoming CD release, Tomorrow’s Daydream. . . The book itself is really beautiful, with full-color glossy covers (front and back), spiral binding, 80-pound paper, and clear and clean notation. The spacing is roomy and easy to read, and some of the pieces include Brian’s suggested fingerings. The music is fun to play, but it is definitely not for beginners. . . intermediate and advanced players will find plenty to love while getting lost in this music and making it theirs. Recommended!”

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Review of Tomorrow’s Daydream Songbook

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Kathy Parsons, influential educator and supporter of contemporary and new age piano music, has posted a review of my new solo piano songbook, Tomorrow’s Daydream.” Here is the entire review:

Tomorrow’s Daydream Solo Piano Songbook is a sparkling collection of Brian Kelly’s own transcriptions of the eleven original piano solos from his forthcoming CD release, Tomorrow’s Daydream. This folio is a little bit unusual in that the sheet music book is being released before the actual CD has been recorded…

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Brian Kelly Music Plans for 2011

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This spring I hope finally to record the Tomorrow’s Daydream album on a real grand piano – in all likelihood, a Fazioli F278. I’m also working on two more songbooks… a revised edition of my “Pools Of Light” songbook (currently available only as a pdf file) will be published as a printed, coil-bound songbook. Also in the works is a printed songbook of twelve new solo piano pieces.

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