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Dreaming Still

by Kathryn Kaye

Original compositions with strong, emotional melodies and contemporary, meditative, instrumental pieces. Songs for solo piano and piano with bass, cello, violin, and English horn. An exceptionally talented composer, and equally talented musicians.
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1. Time Moving Slowly
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2. Waiting for the Rain
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3. Dreaming Still
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4. The Wind is a Lady
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5. Leaf Dance
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6. Smile for Me April
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7. A Look to the West
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8. A Calm Awakening
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9. April Did You Call Me
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10. August Light
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11. January
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12. Taos Song
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13. Fred's Farewell
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14. Mom and Pop's Waltz
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Michael Diamond

Review excerpt from Music & Media Focus blog
It seems these days, with the advent of computers and recording software, that so many first albums are self-produced in home studios. Not that there is anything wrong with that of course, but Kathryn Kaye has taken a giant step further... more specifically to Vermont. There she was guided in manifesting her musical creation by none other than Will Ackerman, the Grammy winning guitarist and founder of the legendary Windham Hill record label, which was home to many of the finest musicians in acoustic new age music. Working in an environment such as this has its perks, not the least of which is the opportunity to enlist the accompaniment of some world-class musicians.

With a stable of talent such as this, it’s easy to imagine the music becoming overwhelmed by complex arrangements and over production. However, this is far from the case. In fact a number of the album’s 14 songs are solo piano or duets, with the accompanist adding subtle but tasteful touches to accentuate the evocative simplicity and melodic beauty of Kathryn’s compositional style. I think that listeners who enjoy the expressive keyboard artistry of David Lanz, George Winston, or Liz Story would find a lot to like in the music of Kathryn Kaye. “Dreaming Still” is an impressive effort, made even more so by the fact that it is Kathryn’s first. Luckily we won’t have to wait long to hear the second, as she already has plans to come down from the mountain and head back to the forests of Vermont to pursue another step in her unfolding musical journey. If this album is any indication, it will be something to look forward to.

For a full length review of this CD, as well as others: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com/blog

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Dreaming Still, the appropriately named debut album from pianist Kathryn Kaye, could very well be the soundtrack to a dream: it’s lyrical, beautiful, and, well, dreamy.

The compositions are simple yet elegant, much like Kaye’s brilliantly understated piano playing, which is tinged with the gracefulness of the hymns she learned during her Appalachian upbringing. She makes full use of the keyboard, anchoring soaring melodies in rich, deep chords, and yet manages to keep it all reigned in and prevent it from becoming overbearing or overwhelming. The result is a pleasant listening experience that is perfect for both intellectual stimulation and emotional refuge.

Kaye is backed on this recording by a solid lineup of musicians including Charlie Bisharat on violin, Eugene Friesen on cello, Dan Greenspan on bass, Jill Haley on English horn, Derrik Jordan on percussion, and Noah Wilding on vocals. The Grammy Award-winning team of producer Will Ackerman and recording engineer Corin Nelsen brings a polished sheen to the proceedings, resulting in a crisp, crystal-clear sound that practically puts listeners up close with the musicians in the studio.

Dreaming Still will leave piano music aficionados, as well as casual music listeners, in a positively blissful, dreamy state of mind.

John P. Olsen / Review Publicist

Review from NewAgeMusicWorld.Com / NewAgeMusic.nu
Kathryn Kaye is a talented pianist releasing her first piano and instrumental album. After learning every detail like her lifetime of music experience, the collaborating artists and production credits, I had a feeling her new release was going to be great. In fact Kathryn Kaye’s new release greatly exceeded my expectations since this album really goes the distance. Dreaming Still is an Acoustic, Contemporary Instrumental, New Age release having many integral advantages, one being the importance of music in Kathryn Kaye’s life, which began with playing the piano at age four. She attended college and began working toward a major in music, earning a performance degree with a double major in voice and keyboard. In addition to her strong educational background she pursued classical training while living in Germany, appearing on television in both the U.S. and Germany as a vocalist during concerts, recitals and operas. Kathryn Kaye is a musician and songwriter presently residing in Colorado. The beautiful Rocky Mountains region and Appalachian mountain territories in Kentucky recalled from childhood are in part a focal point for this contemporary nature inspired release. Dreaming Still contains 14 songs she composed, half of which are Solo Piano, with the balance in piano and instrumental harmony support by violin, cello, bass and English horn. The world-class musicians providing instrumentals with piano are commendable, and are as follows: Charlie Bisharat (violin) Eugene Friesen (cello) Dan Greenspan (bass) Jill Haley (English horn) Derrik Jordan (percussion) and Noah Wilding (vocal). Dreaming Still is a Will Ackerman production, with recording, mixing, and mastering by Corin Nelsen at Imaginary Road Studios. The assistance from these two Grammy Winning talents is a fine enhancement to her proficiency as a composing pianist. Dreaming Still is a delightful album, and I was pleased to hear a wonderful cinematic touch at times. Waiting For The Rain with piano and cello, then a Solo Piano song August Light were my two favorite songs, however this album is consistent and enjoyable throughout. I believe Kathryn’s commitment and expertise in music has been vital to the level of quality on her first album, and her choice of music artists was first-class. In contrast to the vast expanse of the Appalachian territory, I expect the appreciation for this beautiful album will go the distance and travel far. Note: At the time of publication, Dreaming Still by Kathryn Kaye is listed at #1 in the ZMR top 100 Radio Chart for January 2011.

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Punto de encuentro de pasión, melancolía y ternura!.
Dreaming Still es el placentero y delicado debut de la pianista Kathryn Kaye. Producido por el legendario Will Ackerman y masterizado por el ganador del Grammy Corin Nelsen, este primer trabajo de Kaye es un ameno recorrido por los sentimientos que afloran en diferentes estaciones del año, una música suave, punto de encuentro de pasión, melancolía y ternura. Acompañada por Charlie Bisharat (violín), Eugene Friesen (chelo), Dan Greenspan (bajo), Jill Haley (Cuerno inglés), Will Ackerman, Corin Nelsen y Derrik Jordan (percusiones) y la dulce voz de Noah Wilding, Kathryn mantiene un armonioso contexto musical con su frágil piano, mientras los diferentes instrumentos le acompañan sin romper el magnífico y agradable ambiente.

"Time Moving Slowly" es una tierna pieza para piano solo que combina una melodía entrañable con instantes donde las notas muestran un estado desapacible, de angustia solitaria. Me gusta esta pieza, una música de lo más interesante!.

"Waiting for the Rain" traza las líneas de un escenario sombrío, de aislamiento absoluto. El toque continuado de los mismos acordes, pesados, lentos, simbolizan cada pensamiento o duda que nace en la mente. El chelo hace su aparición junto al violín para dar énfasis a la tristeza que muestra el piano. Me encanta esta composición!.

La pieza que da título al álbum comienza con un toque íntimo; despreocupados acordes que acompañan a nuestros sueños con elegancia y cuidado para no perturbar fantasías inolvidables.

"The Wind is a Lady" es la primera pieza optimista y radiante de Dreaming Still. Alegres notas a la deriva encuentran una melodía risueña, como si el vaivén del viento colocase con exquisito acierto cada nota en el pentagrama. Qué belleza!.

La continuación de la pista anterior tiene nombre, "Leaf Dance". Un atractivo ritmo de hit hat de percusión y un fascinante violín acompañan y marcan el tempo del fabuloso piano de Kathryn. Fantástico entendimiento entre violín y piano, ambos se relevan la melodía principal con elegante soltura. Una de mis preferidas!.

Encantadora composición "Smile for Me April". Una obra donde piano y cuerno inglés se unen en perfecta armonía, interpretando una relajada música, muy lineal en su melodía; capaz de calmar el alma más inquieta.

Esperanza y bellos recuerdos evoca "A Look to the West". El toque no muy rápido de las notas, tanto en la zona alta como en la baja para interpretar la melodía principal, hacen de esta pieza una composición de lo más seductora.

"A Calm Awakening" es apacible, sumamente delicada y sin alterar al oyente, Kaye acaricia las notas del piano para celebrar con justa alegría la llegada de un nuevo día. Realmente una melodía hermosa, frágil.

Con "April Did You Call Me" regresan las percusiones y con ellas, el ritmo. Junto al repetitivo piano aparece la poderosa voz de Noah Wilding que complementa a las simples notas que surgen de la zona alta del piano, mientras, la diestra continua marcando los mismos acordes en la zona más baja.

Otra de mis preferidas es "August Light". Una pieza que posee una melodía sencilla pero realmente hermosa. Tierna nostalgia desprenden sus anotaciones que posteriormente se tornan poderosas. Esta es una de las composiciones más interesantes de Dreaming Still. Fascinante!.

Un toque minimalista para "January". Un tema misterioso, interpretado por notas lentas y desconcertantes en la zona alta del piano mientras la mano derecha repite acordes. La música rompe en las escalas más bajas con fuerza, con una melodía llena de rabia que posteriormente torna a las mismas notas del comienzo. Interesante!.

Mi preferida de todo el álbum es "Taos Song". Sin duda una de las obras más poderosas de este trabajo. La música es ligeramente apenada, pero en su cenit muestra una fuerza increíble, llena de ímpetu gracias a un estribillo alucinante que se ve acompañado por el cuerno inglés, lo que le aporta más energía si cabe. Me gusta!.

La parte más triste de Dreaming Still lo escribe "Fred's Farewell". Una música interpretada en su mayoría en la zona más alta del teclado y acompañado por una percusión sutil. Ocasionalmente, Kaye se apoya en las notas más bajas, transmitiendo un sentimiento de fuerte dolor.

Un breve y esperanzador final para este debut. "Mom and Pop's Waltz" es otra de las piezas entrañables y emotivas de este CD. Menos de dos minutos de notas que irradian afecto. Qué maravilla de final.


Dreaming Still es el primer trabajo de la compositora y pianista Kathryn Kaye, un álbum donde predominan melodías tranquilas, perfectas para momentos en los que se requiere deliberar o simplemente, recrearse con los hermosos recuerdos que esta música ayuda a recuperar. Compuesto por uno de los pianos más dulces jamás escuchado, Dreaming Still es un gran debut y un álbum muy recomendable.

reviewsnewage.com
09/05/11

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
As rapid rain falls down
On a tranquil Summer evening
Life passes by

I began my short review of the album “Dreaming Still” with the words about Summer rain not by chance. The moving piano music of Kathryn Kaye flows like quick drops of a downpour. And they are filled with warmth and conciliation. This falling rain brings a long awaited refinement. It washes away all the grime that has accumulated for a long time. You feel yourself young and full of positive energy. Your creativity is with you again and nothing can take it away.

The piano music of Kathryn Kaye is just perfect. And this statement is not given casually. Her debut album was produced by none other than famed artist Will Ackerman. In recent years he has made a great work by helping unknown gifted musicians to be heard by wide audience. Now Will Ackerman discovers the incredible talent of Kathryn Kaye for listeners. Brilliant artists helped them to create a new exquisite project. These are acoustic musicians Charlie Bisharat (violin), Eugene Friesen (cello), Dan Greenspan (bass), Jill Haley (English horn) Derrrik Jordan (percussion), Noah Wilding (vocals) and, certainly, distinguished sound engineer Corin Nelsen with participation of some other truly skillful assistants.

The album “Dreaming Still” must be heard by not only admirers of new age music. It will be very interesting for all lovers of acoustic music and also, for a wide circle of practitioners in the field of relaxation and anti-stress therapy.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Dreaming Still" is the debut CD by pianist/composer Kathryn Kaye, and what an auspicious beginning it is! Produced and mastered by the legendary team of Will Ackerman and Corin Nelsen and backed by Imaginary Road’s incredible musicians plus violinist Charlie Bisharat, Ms. Kaye has launched her recording career in a very big way. Some of the albums produced by Ackerman have a very distinctive sound, but Kathryn Kaye has established her own voice here, and it is lovely! Many of the fourteen tracks are solo piano, and there isn’t a weak track on the whole album - very unusual!

Kaye grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southeastern Kentucky and began playing the piano at the age of four. She majored in voice and keyboard in college and then moved to Germany to continue her training, performing as a folk singer and soprano soloist in concerts, recitals, operas, and on television in both Germany and the US. Her music has been influenced by the simple harmonies of folk songs and hymns, classical music, and the beauty of the Rocky Mountains where she now lives.

"Dreaming Still" begins with “Time Moving Slowly,” a warm and graceful daydream of a piano solo. This one reminds me just a bit of Robin Spielberg, and that is a very sincere compliment! “Waiting For the Rain” is much darker and one of my favorites. There are two voices in the melody, one in the treble and one crossed over in the bass. The second movement brings in the cello (Eugene Friesen) and English horn (Jill Haley), and the third is a duet with Haley and Kaye that almost cries out with loneliness or loss. Amazing! The title track has an effortless, leisurely flow that meanders as it tells its gentle story. I love the way it trails off at the end - much like dreams do. “Leaf Dance” is an incredible duet with Kaye and Charlie Bisharat. The energy is exhilarating and then becomes tender - another favorite. “Smile For Me April” is a sweet love song for someone with the blues - simple and heartfelt. Haley’s English horn enhances the beautiful simplicity of the piano. “April Did You Call Me” changes it up a bit with a song without words. Light drumming and Noah Wilding’s haunting vocals in the background give this piece a very distinctive sound. I love “August Light,” a gentle solo piano waltz that expresses warm contentment. This is one of those songs that makes my fingers itch! I also really love “Taos Song,” an ensemble piece that again features Haley and Friesen. Pensive and deeply emotional, this one grabs me every time I hear it. The poignant “Fred’s Farewell” has light hand percussion behind the piano that gives it a slightly Latin flavor. Gorgeous and very sad at the same time. Kaye ends this wonderful album on an up note with the sweet and happy “Mom and Pop’s Waltz.”

What a great album! I’m excited to learn that Kathryn Kaye is returning to the studio to record her second album in March - I can’t wait! I give "Dreaming Still" my highest recommendation!