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Small Treasures

by Kerani

A collection of musical inspirations which found their origin in experiences that have touched the composer's life. Pieces based on ancestry, poetry and fantasies have been moulded into an auditory and visual self-portrait. Genre: neo-classical.
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1. Temple of Roses
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2. Fields of Hungary
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3. Sakura
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4. Fantasy in White
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5. Celtic Mystery
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6. Garden of Dreams
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7. Where the Heart Belongs
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8. Echo of Our Souls
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9. To the Heavens
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10. Reflections of the Heart
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Small Treasures is a collection of sensitive and delicate compositions that reflect the composer’s inner world and experiences which have greatly influenced her life. Pieces based on ancestry, history, poetry, dreams and fantasy have been moulded into an auditory and visual self-portrait.
Kerani's piano playing, adorned with unpretentious arrangements played by a string quartet, and the appearance of a select number of guest musicians create an intimate, yet enchanting atmosphere on this album. Genre: neo-classical.

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Kathy Parsons

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"Small Treasures" is the sixth full-length album from Kerani, a pianist/composer/arranger born in Belgium and currently living in The Netherlands. This is the first of Kerani’s albums that I’ve heard and I have to say that I’m truly impressed! Her last album, "Stardust" (2017) went to #1 on the Zone Music Reporter charts and stayed there for two months. It was also nominated for “New Age Album of the Year” and “Best Neo-Classical Album” by ZMR, and I’ll be very surprised if "Small Treasures" doesn’t do equally well.

For this album, Kerani says she “chose to write music that is closer to myself, music which describes memories and feelings that left an imprint on my heart. It is a musical self-portrait, and a journey through my past.” Other influences on the music include poetry, ancestry, dreams and fantasies. Kerani plays the piano and some synth backed by a live string quartet (members of Andre Rieu’s Johann Strauss Orchestra) as well guest artists including vocalists Chanele McGuinness and Davinia Van der Zee and Canadian flutist Ron Korb. The CD includes a 16-page booklet with poems and quotations illustrated with paintings by Kerani - a beautiful package as lovely to look at as it is to listen to!

In addition to her recordings, Kerani has composed soundtracks for historical and scientific documentaries, re-orchestrated fifteen children’s songs for an instructional DVD for disabled children, wrote and published a book of children’s stories and performs in concert with a variety of other artists.

"Small Treasures" begins with the haunting “Temple of Roses” with vocals by Chanele McGuiness. Inspired by a poem by Sara Teasdale, the shimmering backdrop of string and synth washes is the perfect support for the beautifully pure vocals and mysterious lyrics. I love this piece! “Fields of Hungary” is a gorgeous and very heartfelt tribute to the homeland of Kerani’s father and paternal ancestors and is performed on piano and strings with light percussion. “Sakura” was inspired by a 700-year-old renga (a genre of Japanese poetry) and features flutist Ron Korb on Japanese flutes. Strings and piano join the flutes to elegantly describe the beauty of cherry blossoms. “Celtic Mystery” is a piece for piano and Irish flute (Isaac “Ies” Muller) that expresses the rugged beauty of the Celtic countries and the spirit of their ancestors. Chanele McGuiness returns to recite the poem that goes with the piece, and Davinia Van der Zee adds her own ethereal vocalizations. I really like this one, too! “Where the Heart Belongs” was originally composed when Kerani was 14. It was never recorded or orchestrated until this album, and it’s a beautiful look back at Kerani’s beginnings as a composer. “Echo of Our Souls” is a poignant duet for piano and guitar (Carla Maffioletti) that tells the story of two lost souls who finally meet after searching for each other for many years. Vocalizations and a beautiful flute send this wonderful piece soaring! “To the Heavens” was inspired by a poem written by Kerani’s mother that uses the two huge poplar trees that stood side by side in their yard as a metaphor for her own marriage. Deep love flows through each note - piano, accompanied by the string quartet. “Reflections of the Heart” is an excerpt from “Reflections,” a 27-minute meditation that appeared on Wings of Comfort, Kerani’s first album. She shortened it to seven minutes and re-orchestrated it for this album - a soothing and uplifting closing for an exceptional album.

"Small Treasures" is indeed a treasure from the first note to the last!
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Steve Sheppard

Ageless music, created with skill and talent
You can pretty much guarantee yourself a feast of passionate empowering music when a new Kerani album is released, her style is addictive and I personally rate her as one of the foremost female electronic and new age composers of her time; on Small Treasures, she has raised the musical bar up sky high.
This musical sojourn starts with the haunting and quite stunning Temple of Roses. This utilises the extremely delightful vocal talents of singer Chanele McGuinness, and Kerani just builds layer upon layer of synth based harmonies to lift you into a wonderland of musical magic. The Celtic feel is enhanced further with a delicate but delicious percussive beat, creating a perfect opening piece for us to drool over.
Her last album Stardust captured the hearts of the listeners and I think this one is certain to do that and more, just listen to the string development in this almost classical reverie entitled Fields of Hungry. On this piece Kerani wanted to give us a flavour of the culture of Hungry, which is where my next door neighbours come from. I must play them this and see what they say. In my view, the artist has created a soundtrack of a composition here, one that is absolutely glorious; the exciting crescendos only add to the supreme brilliance of the piece.
This next piece has fellow chart musician Ron Korb within its construction and his style on flute only adds a whole new layer of class to this already stunning arrangement called Sakura. The gentle keyboards manifest a soothing reverie and the flute of Korb accompanies the natural beauty of the song; just listen to the simply seamless genius of the strings here, one could almost see the performers playing for us under the cherry blossom filled trees of Japan.
Kerani is one of those artists that you may think how she can get any better, but constantly and with each and every composition she continues to excel and thrill, as much the same can be said about this next piece called Fantasy in White. When I first heard this piano based track I was convinced it was David Lanz playing, the motifs were similar, the minor and major combination and melody, all of which were so lovingly performed, this has to be some of the best work on piano I have heard from the artist.
Now a return to the Celtic lands and an oasis of tone and timbre now opens up for us that could easily take us to the otherworld and beyond, Celtic Mystery is a sublime composition of creative cleverness. Kerani certainly has a wonderful ear for an addictive melody and a passionate ability for manifesting great arrangements, here on this light hearted offering you will find all of that in a piece that is as fluent as an ocean stream in autumn. Ethereal vocalisations are provided by Davinia Van der Zee, while the spoken word gives a return to the album, for vocalist Chanele McGuinness. Listen to the build here and the simply amazing partnership on piano and flute by Kerani and Isaac “les” Muller, utterly stunning.
This is an album of outstanding natural beauty and when you arrive at this next instrumental work of clarity and colour, you will once more be amazed by the simple yet poignant fluency of this piece entitled Garden of Dreams. The strings are once again so scene setting; we can immediately be transported to our own secret garden with this opus. For me this is a mix of Debussy, meets Kevin Kendle and that can’t be a bad combination can it?
The soothing narrative of this next piece called Where the Heart Belongs is now upon us, it is a combination of strings and piano that wend a tale of an aged energy, the melody has an almost timeless feel about its essence; it’s one of those tunes that you may have in your head for years and will never leave.
We now move to Echo of Our Souls, this features Brazilian guitarist Carla Maffioletti, together they bring to our ears something completely transcendent, something utterly awe-inspiring, with strains of Medwyn Goodall and a crescendo worthy of the great Vangelis. Echo of Our Souls is a real stand out piece, a composition that will literally make you tingle from head to toe, perfect build and construction and timed crescendos that raise the emotional level so high, your heart will burst with love whilst listening to this outstanding arrangement, this is what magnificent contemporary instrumental music should be all about.
We are now about to unlock the doorway to the penultimate offering of the album and the gift that awaits us inside is called To the Heavens. This created for me an intensely moving moment of musical emotion. Here lies a track beyond beauty, beyond a simple melody, one feels like this very composition has been created from the deep sense of love and reverence two people can have for each other, that all empowering essence of partnership though struggles and bathing in the ponds of happiness, it is all here in this utterly charming offering.
So sadly we come to the end of the album, but Kerani has one more gift to give us before we must go, and she will now perform for us the last piece called Reflections of the Heart. I must admit I thought I had heard this before and when I checked the notes with the album I was correct, it originally came from her 2011 album Wings of Comfort, although that offering was well over 20 minutes long, one must applaud Kerani for finishing with this piece, it has the perfect energy to allow us to leave the album, with a feeling of total peace, harmonic bliss, and a feeling of being utterly fulfilled in every musical way
Small Treasures is of one of the biggest albums of this year with ease; it is an award winning album waiting to happen, it is a collection of some of the finest new age styled music I have heard for absolutely years. Kerani has proven herself as one of the finest composers of this modern age and albums like Small Treasures should be part of any sensible music collector’s library, this is ageless music, created with such skill and talent, but birthed from a passion of her art, a completely recommended release indeed.
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Helena Dee

KERANI, WHOSE LAST ALBUM WENT TO #1, RETURNS WITH MORE MUSICAL TREASURES
Kerani -- whose last album, STARDUST, went to #1 on the prestigious international Top 100 Zone Music Reporter Chart for contemporary instrumental music -- returns with her most personal collection of original material, SMALL TREASURES. This new recording features more of her piano performance than ever before, and was inspired by poetry, history, ancestry, dreams and fantasies. This almost-completely-acoustic album has her piano backed with a real string quartet plus a variety of top flutists and the occasional solo violin or acoustic guitar or wordless vocalization. This is her sixth album. Based in The Netherlands, Kerani in recent years has become recognized globally as one of the top composers, arrangers and performers in the genres of new age and neo-classical. This is absolutely gorgeous music, extremely melodic, with stunning arrangements.
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