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by Dan Kennedy

Acoustic new age, solo piano music mixed with a world class back-up band. Relaxing, yet energizing. Produced by Will Ackerman.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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1. Dulcimer In G feat. Glen Velez, Samite, T-Bone Wolk
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5:21 $0.99
2. Ballad
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3:06 $0.99
3. Dear Girl
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4. Cycle feat. T-Bone Wolk, Noah Wilding
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6:03 $0.99
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You can learn more about this artist at www.dankennedy.us

Dan Kennedy, piano

1 Dulcimer in G 5:21
2 Ballad 3:06
3 Dear Girl 5:01
4 Cycle 6:03

Glen Velez, percussion
T-Bone Wolk, bass
Samite, vocal colors
Noah Wilding, vocal colors

Produced by Will Ackerman
Vocal colors Co-produced by Corin Nelsen
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Corin Nelsen at
Imaginary Road Studios, Windham County, Vermont
Design and duplication by Disc Makers™
The piano heard in this audiophile recording is a 1976 Steinway Model B

All compositions ©2007 Dan Kennedy (ASCAP)

For more information, please visit
dankennedy.us • williamackerman.com
corinnelsen.com • samite.com
tbonewolk.com • glenvelez.com

SHORT STORY: In the Fall of 2005 my sister, through a mutual business partner, learned that Will Ackerman was living and recording up in Vermont. I contacted him, and had the tremendous fortune to work with him, along with his gifted engineer Corin Nelsen. Also, the musicians Glen Velez, T-Bone Wolk, Samite, and Noah Wilding did me the honor of appearing on this record. This music is a dream of mine in the making, and I am happy to share it with you.

Please contact me if you would like to be involved, or if I can be of service to you.

"From the exuberance of DULCIMER IN G to the intimacy
of BALLAD’S melody, LANTERN is a wonderful recording
in every respect, filled with grace and surprises.
It’s a bonus that Dan Kennedy’s composition and playing
doesn’t sound like everyone else’s. One can hear
hints of various influences in his work, but his is a
distinctive style very much his own. I’m delighted
with this recording and am proud to have been a
part of it."

Will Ackerman
Imaginary Road Studios
Windham County, Vermont

"Hi Dan,
I LOVE the CD. It's full of energy, yet very relaxing.
I can't wait to play it on the radio next week."
Jon Leachman
DJ, WMUA radio

Dan Kennedy, Composer, Educator, Pianist
Email address: dankennedypiano @yahoo.com


Dan Kennedy's new age music is a deeply heartfelt exploration balancing energy and stillness. He got his start by tinkering at the piano. Largely self-taught, he has studied classical and jazz piano for good measure. As a teenager in the 1980s he resonated with the carefully produced, but brilliant new age musicians such as Edgar Meyer, Phillip Aaberg, W.A. Mathieu, Montreux, and Will Ackerman. At Oberlin College, he performed frequent concerts of music at the Cat-in-the-Cream Coffeehouse. Seeing the pianist Barbara Higbie play live with Montreux was particularly inspirational, as well. Dan's chamber music has been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Essex Chamber Music Players, at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance, and at the Aspen Music Festival. He has five chamber works published by Dorn Publications. Currently Dan (a.k.a. Daniel J. Kennedy) is on the Theory & Composition faculty of Westfield (MA) State College. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Member, ASCAP, American Music Center (AMC) & Pi Kappa Lambda.

You can also look for industry-relevant info on him at sonicbids.com, or by checking out his website @ www.dankennedy.us


Solo and ensemble. Contact me to book a concert.

Music for hire
Contact me to perform as a supporting musician at your concert, recording session, benefit, or function.

Music Licensing
Contact me to license my music, nationally or internationally, v-à-v. my contract with Will Ackerman.

Music Publishing
Contact me if you would like to publish any of the tunes on the Lantern EP.

Music Arranging
Contact me if you have an arranging project with which you would like assistance.

Private Piano Instruction
I teach piano lessons privately on a grand piano in an 1860 farmhouse in Amherst, Massachusetts. Lessons are customized and can include improvisation, theory, & composition. We start with who you are musically. Where do you want to go from there? Please contact me to make arrangements.

Private Composition Lessons
Compose the music you've been dreaming to write. Let it happen. In my role as private composition teacher, I act as a "sounding board" for your musical art. Utilize musical notation, more open-ended charts. I can consult over questions of form, process, and final product.

"I've said it before: something happened with your
encouragement that started all this [for my
daughter] :) Stay cool!"

Pamela Brindamour
Rockport, Mass.


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Writings by Serge Kozlovsky
What can be said about this very short album? It is wonderful because delightful ease and clearness are present in the simple piano music of Dan Kennedy. The artist definitely has his own unique style and he cannot be compared with any else with the exception of George Winston or other stars from Windham Hill Records.

It is not accidental because “Lantern” was produced by William Ackerman, who is a founder of Windham Hill, and mastered by Grammy Award winning engineer Corin Nelsen. And a staff of remarkable musicians helped Dan Kennedy to record this album. I must also mention Glen Velez, T-Bone Wolk, Samite and Noah Wilding. They all together made this album’s sounding very rich and colorful.

Dan Kennedy’s music brings joy and light. It is bright like a butterfly which flies on its weightless wings from one beautiful flower to another on the lush summer meadow.

Serge Kozlovsky

Kathy Parsons

A Great Beginning!
“Lantern” is pianist/composer Dan Kennedy’s debut CD. The 19 1/2-minute, four-song CD was produced by the legendary Will Ackerman at his Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. Recorded on the studio’s Steinway Model B grand piano, the CD also features Glen Velez on percussion, T-Bone Wolk on bass, and vocal colors by Samite and Noah Wilding. Kennedy is on the Theory and Composition faculty of Westfield (MA) State College and has had five chamber works published by Dorn Publications. Largely self-taught, Kennedy studied classical and jazz piano and blends those two styles exceptionally well. The music on “Lantern” is a deeply heartfelt exploration of the balancing of energy and stillness, and this juxtaposition works well musically. The music has a sense of movement and aliveness, yet it looks inward and conveys a feeling of serenity. The four pieces are quite different from each other, giving us a look at various styles of Kennedy’s compositions.

“Dulcimer in G” is the liveliest of the four tracks, with piano, percussion, and wordless vocals. Enthusiasm and excitement flow through the piece like an electrical current, but the subtle voices keep it grounded. A joyful, swirling dance, this is a great introduction! “Ballad” is much quieter and more introspective. By definition, a ballad is a piece that tells a story, and this one seems to be one of sadness and loss or hurt, told as a late-night soliloquy for solo piano. “Dear Girl” is also solo piano and is composed in two themes that make interesting use of grace notes. They form their own repeating pattern or theme that’s a little bit “folkie” (a la George Winston or Philip Aaberg) and a little bit jazzy - an intriguing piece! “Cycle,” begins with just the piano, evolving into an ensemble for piano and voice. Sometimes quite energetic, sometimes calmer and more pensive, it illustrates the changes as well as the repetitions in various cycles of life and nature - a beauty!

“Lantern” is a fresh and fascinating introduction to Dan Kennedy’s music that definitely leaves the listener wanting more. It’s a real bargain at $5.99, so check it out. I can’t wait to see and hear what comes next!