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Arctic Sunrise

by Kerani

WINNER OF THE 11TH ZMR MUSIC AWARDS 2014 - BEST NEO-CLASSICAL ALBUM!! Majestic, delicate, surprising and truly beautiful pieces performed on piano and a host of orchestral instruments. Kerani paints a musical journey through the awe and wonder.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Arctic Sunrise
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2. Ice Kingdom
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3. Far Away from Home
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4. Norway
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5. Drifting Ice
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6. Aurora Sky
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7. Discovery
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8. Spirit of the Last Wilderness
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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WINNER OF THE 11TH ZMR MUSIC AWARDS 2014 - BEST NEO-CLASSICAL ALBUM!!

After the worldwide success of the single "Norway", Kerani decided to write songs which are inspired by the beauty of the Arctic and Antarctic landscapes.

Her third album ARCTIC SUNRISE takes you on a journey to the coldest places on this planet. She lets you experience the miracle of the first sunrise after months of Arctic darkness, thereby reciting a genuine Inuit poem.

Kerani dedicates "Far Away from Home" to Robert Falcon Scott, a British officer who let the Antarctic expedition in 1912. This epic piece of music recounts Scott's entire journey from New Zealand to the point when the team reaches the South Pole, only to notice that they had been beaten by Amundsen's Norwegian team.

According to Inuit legend, auroras are believed to be the torches held in the hands of spirits seeking the souls of those who have just died, to lead them over the abyss at the edge of the world. When the spirits wish to communicate with the people of the earth they make a whistling noise and the earth people answer only in a whispering tone. The Eskimo say that they are able to call the aurora and converse with it. "Aurora Sky" is a passionate conversation with the Spirits of the green sky.





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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

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I’ve always been a fan of concept albums, and Arctic Sunrise by Kerani is one of the most interesting and unique ones I’ve encountered in a while. This icy theme fits well with her love of electronic music and synthesizers. I was captivated right from the start by Kerani’s Vangelis-like synth textures that so beautifully evoke the vast frozen expanse of the Arctic and the first rays of the long-awaited sun. Sparse piano phrases and a whispered spoken-word interlude add to the sense of mystery. The third track entitled “Far Away From Home,” is a truly epic ten and a half minute musical suite, which Kerani calls “the most dramatic and heart-wrenching piece on the album.” This is quite a brilliant piece of music-making by Kerani – very impressive! I also loved the unique electronic textures Kerani used in the beginning of “Aurora Sky” to evoke its spectral beauty.

I cannot say strongly enough how impressed I am with the album Arctic Sunrise, and the talents of it’s creator, Kerani. Her background as a film composer is evident in the ability to evoke such powerful imagery in the mind’s eye through the music. Her feel for composition and arranging is stunning, as is her use of synthesizers for orchestration and ambient effect. While Kerani’s foundation is as a pianist, I found it interesting how she uses it sparingly, almost like a spice in a recipe to add a particular flavor, rather than it being the main course. She also has an ear for when to bring in other musicians on acoustic instruments to accompany her. I have mentioned Vangelis as a reference point earlier, and it is not something I do lightly, considering the high esteem in which I hold him. Yet I have no doubt that listeners who enjoy Vangelis will find a lot to like in lush soundscapes of Kerani. I was also reminded at times of the sweet piano and synthesizer melodies of Suzanne Ciani. Arctic Sunrise is a masterpiece of sonic storytelling.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Inspired by various historic ice-laden expeditions, Kerani’s latest album is an epic musical journey that evokes visceral cinematic imagery, resulting in the feel and scope of a major motion picture soundtrack.

Kerani uses piano and synthesizers to create bold and grandiose themes that encompass the range of human endeavor, from vision and courage to determination and endurance. Contributing to the fullness and richness of Kerani’s “score” is the solid work of Joep Willems on cello, Wilfred Sassen on violin, Jan Mertens on flute, Lars Wachelder on horns, and Romain Van Beek on guitar.

This is a stirring and riveting album, a fitting testament to the triumph of the human spirit that will have listeners feeling as emboldened as the adventurous pioneers who inspired it.
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Helena Dee

NEW AGE SYNTHESIST KERANI HAS CREATED GORGEOUS TEXTURED RECORDING
Kerani is one of the best of the new instrumental keyboardists coming out of Northern Europe, and her latest album is titled ARCTIC SUNRISE. This is an exceptional CD within the new age genre.

Working in the versatile synth-piano vein favored by new age musicians, Kerani writes beautiful melodies and crafts multi-layered and deeply-textured arrangements. She also brings warmth to the electronic part of her music with the use of real musicians playing acoustic instruments for added shading. Her artistic instincts elevate ARCTIC SUNRISE to high-quality new age music that makes for pleasurable listening.

This album is a tribute to our quickly-vanishing polar ice-caps. For inspiration Kerani went back to the native Inuit Eskimo-Indians as well as the early explorers that trekked into the white wilderness searching for the poles. After she writes music honoring those brave people she also covers the land and the skies above (“Ice Kingdom,” “Drifting Ice,” “Aurora Sky” and the title track). She has a knack for capturing in her music the visuals and feelings of these icy, pristine regions.
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