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Brian Kelly is a Contemporary Instrumental composer, pianist, and recording artist. His latest release, Afterplay (his second CD of piano-based contemporary instrumental music), includes the world-class talents of Eric Crystal on sax (Boz Scaggs, Omar Sosa), David Rokeach on drums (Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles), Viviana Guzman on flute, James Robinson on guitar, and other fine musicians. Nominated for "Best Instrumental Jazz Album 2009 (Just Plain Folks Music Awards), ranked #3 on the NAR Top 100 Chart for three months in a row.
His debut album, Pools of Light, released in 2005 on his own Skylight Music label has received wide critical acclaim. The album charted at #1 for two months on the instrumental music radio chart in North America, was nominated for "Best New Artist 2005" (NAR Lifestyle Music Awards), and voted Top 10 Best New Age Albums of 2004. In 2006 Brian published Pools of Light: The Solo Piano Songbook, a collection of 12 solo piano arrangements (sheet music) from the album.
Born in New York City, Brian grew up in Palo Alto, California. He began piano at age 8. His experience as a stage actor and performer in numerous plays and musical theatre productions , as well as his four years of singing madrigals in an a cappella group, continue to inform his creative work. He studied music composition at Hampshire College and studied jazz piano with Art Lande. Brian Kelly is winner of the Keyboard Magazine Soundpage Award for his original composition "Todd Pond".
His music receives national and international airplay from radio stations and satellite music networks around the world. Brian is a graduate of Hampshire College and a voting member of the Recording Academy. He resides in Northern California near San Francisco. For more information, please visit www.briankelly.com