April 24, 2024
Kelly Moran
Islington Assembly Hall
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MODERN COMPOSER AND PIANIST KELLY MORAN'S CHALLENGING OFTHE PIANO'S CONVENTION HAS GARNERED HER PRAISE AND STUDY ALIKE. FOLLOWING AVARIETY OF SCHOOLS, BE IT CAGE-ESQUE INSTRUMENT PREPARATION OR ELECTROACOUSTICCOMPOSITION, MORAN'S MOST RECENT WORKS HAVE REVEALED HER MUSIC TO BE OF AUNIQUE STYLE. HAVING COLLABORATED WITH ARTISTS THE LIKES OF FKA TWIGS AND ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER, KELSEY LU, YVES TUMOR, AND MARGARET LENG TAN, MORAN'SOWN MODUS OPERANDI AS A MUSICIAN HAS BEEN VARIED, BUT CENTERED IN ACRYSTALLINE-YET-ORGANIC SOUND AND APPROACH.

USING A PROGRAMMABLE YAMAHA PLAYERPIANO KNOWN AS THE DISKLAVIER, ON NEW EP VESELA SHE BREAKS FROM THEDISKLAVIER'S TECHNICAL POTENTIAL IN FAVOR OF RECREATING THE HUMANITY OF HER OWNPLAYING. INSPIRED BY THE DEVASTATION OF HEARTBREAK AND MORAN'S DESIRE TOVENTURE DEEPER INTO TURBULENT EMOTIONS, RATHER THAN RUNNING FROM THEM, WHILEUSING HER INSTRUMENT AS A MEANS OF HEALING, VESELA'S LOOP-AND-CELL-BASEDCOMPOSITIONS ARE TENDER AND BARE, REVEALING THE DISKLAVIER'S POTENTIAL AS ANINSTRUMENT FOR HEALING RATHER THAN A VESSEL FOR THE INHUMAN. MEANT TO BE ASOURCE OF COMFORT TO BOTH HEAR AND PLAY, "VESELA" AND "SOFT FOCUS"WERE ROOTED IN MORAN'S DESIRE TO EXPERIENCE THESE EMOTIONS IN A DEEPER SENSE. ATESTAMENT TO MORAN'S OWN STYLE AND VISION, THE FIRST TWO COMPOSITIONS ON VESELA DISPLAY MORAN AS ANEMOTIVE AND INTROSPECTIVE COMPOSER IN ADDITION TO THE OBSESSIVE ANDDETAIL-ORIENTED ONE WHICH WAS DISPLAYED IN THE PAST.

SET APART FROM VESELA’S TITLE TRACK AND ITSPAIRED COMPOSITION "SOFT FOCUS" IS "MEDUSA (VARIATIONS ON ATHEME BY SAKAMOTO)." AS EVIDENCED BY ITS TITLE, "MEDUSA" DRAWSFROM AND EXPANDS UPON A SHORT, MINIMAL COMPOSITION BY THE FAMED PIANIST AND COMPOSERRYUICHI SAKAMOTO THAT HE ORIGINALLY CREATED FOR AN AUGMENTED REALITY ARTEXHIBIT. MORAN WAS COMMISSIONED TO EXPAND UPON SAKAMOTO-SAN’S INITIAL WORK, ANDHER INTRICATE RECOMPOSITION FEATURES INTRICATELY LAYERS OF SOFTLY ARPEGGIATEDRAINDROP CHORDS THAT TWINKLE AND BURST ACROSS A VAST HORIZON. RE-HARMONIZINGAND BUILDING UPON SAKAMOTO-SAN'S INITIAL COMPOSITION, MORAN'S"MEDUSA" TRANSMOGRIFIES THE ORIGINAL WORK INTO SOMETHING OF HER OWN.

SHOWCASING TWO HALVES OF HER MOSTRECENT COMPOSITIONAL STYLES–THE DEEP IMPRESSIONISM OF "MEDUSA" ANDTHE TENDER, SAD, EMOTIONAL EXORCISMS OF "SOFT FOCUS" AND"VESELA," MORAN ONCE AGAIN PRESENTS HERSELF AS A POWERHOUSE OF MODERNEMOTIVE PIANO. VESELA WAS MASTERED BY TELEFON TEL AVIV'S JOSHUAEUSTIS AND WILL BE AVAILABLE AS A DIGITAL RELEASE VIA MORAN'S HOME LABEL WARP RECORDS.

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