Dan Kennedy | Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light

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Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light

by Dan Kennedy

An album that is 100% piano oriented, pure and simple. Dan Kennedy has focused entirely on creating new landscapes of sound, offering rich and scintillating piano works. A feast for the soul.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chilly Morning
5:07 $0.99
2. Give It All Away
5:05 $0.99
3. Wintergreen
2:58 $0.99
4. Backstory
5:05 $0.99
5. Souvenirs
4:27 $0.99
6. After the Heartache Is Gone
4:53 $0.99
7. California
5:18 $0.99
8. Ennio
4:16 $0.99
9. Wildflower
5:51 $0.99
10. Implying Flying
5:48 $0.99
11. Allelu
2:14 $0.99
12. The Fire Within
5:27 $0.99
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MOUNTAINS MADE OF SHADOW, ANTHEMS MADE OF LIGHT is an album that is 100% piano music, pure and simple. New England composer-pianist Dan Kennedy has focused entirely on creating new landscapes of sound, offering rich and scintillating piano works. Recorded by Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studios in Sedona, Arizona. Deep 6-panel digipak design by Matt Strieby features some hypnotic, lyric quotations from diverse sources such as Emily Dickinson, Sappho, and Leonard Cohen.

Whisperings and Enlightened Piano Radio pianist Dan Kennedy has performed throughout New England and across the country. Conservatory trained at Oberlin and the New England Conservatory, Dan has been heard on over 250 radio stations, as well as on Pandora, Spotify, Music Choice, and SiriusXM. Dan's music reached #7 on the ZMR Top 100, #4 on the OWM Top 100, and was one of John P. Olsen's Top 10 of 2012.

Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light (2018) |
Dan Kennedy, piano |
© Mt. Pollux Music (ASCAP) |
recorded October 27-30, 2017 |
The piano heard in this audiophile recording
is a Shigeru Kawai SK-7L |
All works composed by Dan Kennedy (ASCAP)

1 Chilly Morning 5:07
2 Give It All Away 5:05
3 Wintergreen 2:58
4 Backstory 5:05
5 Souvenirs 4:27
6 After the Heartache is Gone 4:53
7 California 5:18
8 Ennio 4:16
9 Wildflower 5:51
10 Implying Flying 5:48
11 Allelu 2:14
12 The Fire Within 5:27

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Candice Michelle

Colorful, expressive, sophisticated solo piano
Dan Kennedy is a classically trained pianist and composer who has performed throughout New England and other parts of the country. Following up his 2015 release, Bloom Road – of which included both ensemble and solo piano compositions – Kennedy’s latest album, Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light features twelve contemporary solo piano compositions that are similarly inspired by nature and personal reflection. Recorded by fellow renowned pianist Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studioes, Kennedy's piano boasts an impeccable sound quality.

The album begins on a reflective note with “Chilly Morning”, a lovely composition led by a slowly repeating chord played with the left hand, as it seemingly guides the piece along in a gently back-and-forth rocking motion. A more jovial and carefree melody accompanies with the right hand, effectively bringing images to mind of touring a sunny countryside. The next piece, “Give it all Away”, is a joyfully optimistic number that playfully skips and glides along as one might imagine taking a leisurely bike ride though a park full of flowers and sunshine. The particularly lovely “Wintergreen” ensues with a sparkling melody that conveys a feeling of warmth among the seasonal cold. “Backstory” follows next and is one of my favorite pieces on the album with its distinctly contemplative yet dynamically expressive nature, as Kennedy seemingly moves through a colorful range of chords with almost effortless ease.

The tenth track, “Implying Flying”, is my absolute favorite of the lot. Elegant and imposing, this pristine composition bears a notable neoclassical touch, as it flowingly rushes along like that of a river rapid. And finally, “The Fire Within” beautifully concludes the album with a stationary repeating motif in the lower register as accented bolder strokes accompany in the mid-range.

Colorfully expressive with a sophisticated demeanor, Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light is a delightfully lovely album that will especially appeal to many fans of George Winston’s music (of which Dan Kennedy's music is notably reminiscent) – particularly Winston's Autumn, Winter into Spring and December albums!

Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
I have admired the work of Dan Kennedy for years now and with his partnership on Bloom Road with David Rose, something exceptional was born into the world of music. Well Dan is back once more, this time providing us, the ever eager listener, with a piano based release of supreme quality.
What a better way to start the album Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light, than with one of the most tender, but also most descriptive offerings I have heard from the artist entitled Chilly Morning. One could imagine with ease, waking to the start of the new day, pulling back the curtains, opening the windows and feeling the coldness of a new day, but one that reminds us we are very much alive.
On Give It All Away a raising of energy can be found; a piece that has a wonderful flow about its arrangement, but also an exciting sense of freedom about its musical nature, this lively and happy composition contains power, fluency and joy, all wrapped in one heck of a sublime performance.
Another reflective arrangement can be heard on Wintergreen, the performance here is filled with memory and hope, and one can really detect Kennedy’s classical training here. This is so beautiful played and with such a delicate level of emotion contained within too.
Backstory has a melody and theme that will become a true legend in the solo piano genre, the minor structures brings a chill to the back of the neck and the emotive essences makes this one of the best arrangements of this style I have heard for ages. The repeating motif narrates for us a colourful progression, one that contains the ups and downs of life, beautifully portrayed in this quite powerful composition.
The combination of dark and light is superbly thought-out on this album, as now we once more raise the rhythms with the light and airy piece Souvenirs. Once more Kennedy creates a full and memorable melody, and then builds a musical box of many memories within a web of an outstanding solo piano performance.
The half way mark has been reached and we find a vast and lush arrangement called After the Heartache is Gone. The sadness of loss starts to leave us now and the pain seems to be subsiding, leaving little pockets of light and hope within the mood filled moments of our lives. Kennedy has really stepped up to the plate here; this is a true heart on the sleeve performance that may give the listener a moment of emotional healing.
California is now upon us and this musical moment of reverie is sublimely created by the artist. The theme is rich, but also light in style, there can also be found here, a feeling of slow but steady movement towards a goal that is about to be achieved. There are so many tunes here that you may find yourself whistling during your day, and that is the mark of an excellent composition, and yes, this is another one to add to that collection.
A favourite of mind, among many, is the quite picturesque Ennio; with the backdrop of a very gentle synth pad we now journey through a track via the piano, one that is so smooth but vast, but very attractive in its energy and build. Ennio as a piece is almost like floating on the clouds of tone, free from all that tethers us, and thoroughly enjoying the moment of peace and tranquillity.
We now move to the deeper regions of the album and come across a truly pretty arrangement called Wildflower. This has a vast mountainous feel to the arrangement; one could see a vista of beautiful wild flowers all dancing on the wind, to the tones of this track. This is one of those pieces of music you cannot help but fall in love with.
Implying Flying is our next offering; there is a duel aspect to this composition that I found fascinating. The construction is clever, as you are never truly sure where you are going, the dance from dark into light and back is compelling, and drives the piece forward with a certain narrative of intensity that is completely addictive.
The penultimate offering is Allelu; this aged melody will no doubt take some listeners back to their early upbringings of a religious nature. While the last arrangement on the album finishes our journey with a flourish and is entitled, The Fire Within. This is an absolutely classy way to end the new release and once more Dan Kennedy manifests something outstanding for us to leave this musical voyage with, the perfect end piece, which seems to sum up the entire release with ease, listen particularly to the change in pattern and form on this brilliant opus.
Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light by Dan Kennedy must be Kennedy’s finest work to date; he has allowed the creative muse to come forward and take him over completely. This album has moments of emotional genius, melody’s we will never forget, and a time for reflection and happiness. Dan Kennedy has now lain at our table, one of the most inspiring albums he has ever produced.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light" is the fourth release from pianist/composer Dan Kennedy and his first all solo piano recording. Recorded at Piano Haven Studio on Joe Bongiorno’s magnificent Shigeru Kawai grand, the piano sound is gorgeous and perfectly suited to Dan’s varied playing and composing styles. The twelve tracks are all original compositions and I think this is Dan’s best album to date.

A Massachusetts native, Dan Kennedy started playing the piano at a very early age and continued his studies through college, earning a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. I was lucky enough to host a house concert here for Dan several years ago and loved his music played solo, so I’ve been waiting for this album for a long time! It was definitely worth the wait!

"Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light" begins with “Chilly Morning,” one of my favorites. It is a slow, spare piece that reminds me a little of some of George Winston’s early music. Very open and still, it evokes images of waking up to a snow-covered scene that is quiet, peaceful and seems to say that all is well. Somewhat livelier, “Give It All Away” dances lightly while expressing emotions that are almost carefree (not quite!). The enchanting “Wintergreen” is wistful and bittersweet - another favorite. “Backstory” tells a colorful and emotional story that will likely mean something a little different to each listener. Reflective and thoughtful, it’s a wonderful expression that is both deeply personal and universal. “After the Heartache is Gone” is a beautiful ballad that expresses hope, but seems not quite over the heartache - very honest and moving. “California” picks up the tempo a bit with a feeling of moving forward and having a good time while exploring something new. “Ennio” is a little different with the sound of strings holding an extended tone in the background throughout the piece. The piano part is very open and spare, telling its story gently and without a lot of embellishment - another favorite. “Wildflower” does a wonderful job of describing the beauty and strength of a wildflower as well as the delight in finding it in an unexpected place. “Allelu” has the feeling of an old gospel hymn with a strong but simple melody and gentle accompaniment. “The Fire Within” brings this excellent album to a close with a piece that alternates a repeated pattern and a motif that uses jazz harmonies and discordances, building gradually to a passionate and dramatic end.

"Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light" is highly recommended!