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Stardust

by Kerani

“Stardust is a space-themed album that was recorded with a symphonic orchestra, a mixed choir and a wide range of synthesizers. Using ethereal sounds and special effects, Kerani draws the listener into a “spacescape” to experience the music of this album.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Stardust
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2. Cosmic Sunrise
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3. Rosetta
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4. Perpetuum Mobile
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5. Beyond
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6. The Next Step
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7. Infinity
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8. Gravity
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9. Worlds Unknown
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10. Stars (Instrumental) [Remix]
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Album Notes
Stardust is a space-themed album that was recorded with the Roermond Symphonic orchestra and the mixed choir Canto Rinato. Kerani, award-winning New Age pianist, keyboardist and composer, is joined by a team of first rate musicians, among whom Terry Oldfield. Using ethereal sounds and special effects, Kerani draws the listener into a “spacescape” to experience the music of this superb album.”

Humans have been fascinated by the skies for all of civilization, and have always asked the questions as to the meaning of the universe and our existence.  Since 1961, at the start of the “space race,” innovations and journeys of outer space travel have made great progress that has been crucial to mankind.  As the human population continues to grow, and pollution and global warming accelerate, futurists continue to theorize about life on other planets. And what are musicians if not futurists, pointing the way over the
horizon, whether it be the far-reaches of our galaxy, or the inner recesses of our soul?

With this album, Kerani highlights that the earth is part of something much bigger than what we as humans can fathom.

The album opens with the title work, Stardust, which gives us a taste of the expanse of the universe. The track opens with synthesizer sounds and piano, and as instruments are added, we are given the feeling of being drawn through the “spacescape”.  Track two, Cosmic Sunrise, continues to open the soundscape to us, as if we are experiencing the sun rising over the orbit of a planet. 
Rosetta, Perpetuum Mobile, and Beyond introduce new characters of the universe – and increase our sense of wonder. Beyond features extended flute techniques, played by Terry Oldfield, that add to the otherworldly feel of the album.  The Next Step is a more rhythmic track, bringing a new feeling of hope to the listener.  Infinity brings a fresh sound: the voice, vocalizing and mixing with the synthesizer – perhaps signaling the possibilities beyond what humans can fathom.  Gravity – comes next – an epic track that feels like something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey or a similar film.  Worlds Unknown and Stars bring us into uncharted territory and renders a feeling of optimism: Stars brings a new, pop/New Age/
classical fusion feel that imbibes the listener with hope of a new, and better life, beyond Earth.  In this, one can hear ties to other great artists that were fascinated with space, like Sun Ra.

Kabir Sehgal
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Helena Dee

KERANI PROVES AGAIN SHE IS ONE OF THE TOP KEYBOARDISTS IN NEW AGE MUSIC
With her fifth album, European keyboardist, composer and arranger Kerani proves again she is one of the top new age and neo-classical artists in the world. Using her piano and synthesizers in conjunction with an array of orchestral instruments played by accomplished European musicians, Kerani creates musical storytelling. On her new album STARDUST, in addition to string and horn players, a guitarist, a drummer and a percussionist, she occasionally utilizes an orchestra and a vocal ensemble (more than 60 musicians total). Kerani also sings on “Stars (remix).”

“The overall message of my Stardust album is to make people aware about the wonders of
our planet, the mysteries of the universe, and the miracle of earth’s ideal position in the
Milky Way, which enables life,” explains Kerani. This music was inspired by early space exploration, new technologies and the wonders of the cosmos (from the tiniest “Stardust” to broad-concept “Worlds Unknown” and “Infinity”). On a composition such as “Cosmic Sunrise,” Kerani utilizes a wide array of instrumentation including piano, violin, horns, vocals and electric guitar. As usual, Kerani has crafted a superb collection of memorable melodies presented within stunning arrangements.
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Kerani is a Belgian-born composer, keyboardist and producer who currently resides in The Netherlands. Inspired by the mysteries of the universe and wonders of our planet, her latest album, Stardust, transpires like a glorious symphonic journey of cosmic exploration. Comprised of ten compositions spanning sixty-five minutes, Stardust was recorded with a symphonic orchestra and mixed vocal ensemble, in addition to the amazing Kerani herself performing on both piano and a wide-range of synthesizers. Spanning the new age, neoclassical, contemporary instrumental and symphonic-electronic musical genres, Kerani’s style boasts strong parallels to that of the legendary Greek composer, Vangelis, of whom is one of her greatest musical influences.

“Stardust” opens the album with gossamer tones and melodically drifting piano followed by echoing drums emerging like a distant light approaching from a vast expanse. Gradually building into a cinematic arrangement of bells, horns and strings woven among synthesized layers, this imposing introduction effectively signals that of embarking on an epic cosmic journey. One of my favorite compositions on the album is “Rosetta”, which, in addition to being named after the satellite that took Philae (its lander module) to a comet, also shares its name with the title of Vangelis’ recent career-comeback album. The piece opens mysteriously with spacey, swirling textures that introduce more electronic elements along its path, revealing a majestically moving melody that conveys a soul-stirring wonder. Shooting star effects and celestial choral textures add extra layers of dimension that seemingly convey images of a satellite or spaceship traveling across the galaxy against a backdrop of stars. Another favorite is “Beyond”, a dreamily aerial piece that opens with an approaching drone. Slowly giving way to a gentle flute melody accompanied by sparkling timbres and angelic vocal tones, it glides softly along in a somewhat processional manner. “The Next Step” is a dynamically interactive composition named for astronaut Neil Armstrong’s famous words upon taking his first step on the moon. Led by a contemporary driving rhythm while incorporating electrifying rock elements, it seemingly alludes to a celebration of mankind’s spacefaring and technological accomplishments. “Gravity” is another highlight that conveys a somewhat ominous presence throughout. Beginning with stark, undulating percussion, the piece increasingly introduces choral layers and thundering drums as pristine synthesizers merge with lush orchestration. A beautifully majestic composition intended to convey the density and mass of celestial bodies, one can easily envision the gravitational pull and spinning orbits of planets. Concluding the album is “Stars (remix)”, a stellar composition of global celebration, led by Kerani’s fingers seemingly dancing across the keys to the backdrop of a lyrically hopeful and unifying chorus.

Transpiring like a fascinating space-adventure novel, Stardust draws many parallels to Kerani’s award-winning Arctic Sunrise album, although this latest installment in her impressive catalog is easily her most accomplished and luxuriously arranged. Cinematic, ethereal and regal, her music will appeal most particularly to fans of Vangelis (I recommend playing this album back-to-back with Vangelis’ Rosetta for an extended cosmic cinema!), as well as perhaps Constance Demby, Hans Zimmer and Yanni. I’m supremely grateful to see this gifted protégé follow in the footsteps of such a legend, and that in mastering this style of music herself, is helping to ensure its future place in our world!
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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
I have long yearned for a new Kerani album and when I heard whispers that a new release was on its way that thrilled me. Kerani has that energy built into her work that some of us could call the wow factor. She had that with ease on Arctic Sunrise, but it’s even more pronounced on this amazing new album, called Stardust.
An album about space is usually going to be a winner, but when you included over 60 musicians in on the project with a symphonic orchestra into the mix too, that wow factor is going to be off the scale, for example let’s leave the space dock with the opener Stardust. If you ever want to start an album with something spectacular, this is how to do it. In Vangelis style Kerani manifests a piece that has a perfect build, progression and sense of awe and grandeur all in the weave, we can feel a part of it all through this totally stunning opening, we are each note played, we are the melody and the rhythm, we are all Stardust.
A glorious ambient and spacious beginning greets our ever eager ears with the next piece called Cosmic Sunrise. By some chance I was up very early today and wanted to walk the dog along the beach at sunrise, this piece of music would have been perfect for that pleasurable perambulation. This is such a beautiful composition, with many little intricacies, the deft string section, the purposeful percussion and the narration from Kerani’s keyboard that moves us forward and onward. This is a wonderful depiction of something utterly spectacular and Kerani’s arrangement is the perfect musical soundtrack for that event.
I did read the notes for this next piece and found that the composition is based on the Rosetta project of the European Space Agency. In our search for life we must travel long and deep. Kerani has created something very clever here; one can literally feel through the music, that a journey of that magnitude is going to be taken. There is a defined sense of movement within the arrangement that is so evident; there is also a remarkable likeness on this piece to the UK’s Medwyn Goodall, perhaps from his days on the album Comet. Rosetta is a track that demands to be listened to multiple times, as there are so many nuances contained within; you might just miss something first time around.
The next offering Perpetuum Mobile is very interesting in many ways, you will find a repeating pattern here, this motif continues onwards like a machine, almost like the tick and tock of a relentless galactic clock, but its symphonic backdrop adds a whole layer of musical magnificence into the composition, could this be an anthem for the space time continuum itself?
On Beyond we have a track that whilst it fits perfectly into the space genre and style of Vangelis, it’s also incredibly ambient, the artist has created a dimension of a vast wonderment here, imagine reaching a point in deep space and seeing the vastness of it all spread before you into infinity. The inclusion of flute on this piece took me back many years to an old Terry Oldfield album called Across the Universe. Here Kerani has allowed her skills to create something that is musically outstanding and through the tones of this track, perhaps we can even explore the myriad dimensions of inner space as well as outer?
We have now traversed over the half way marker in the album, and come across a wormhole that seems to transport us to a whole new realm called, The Next Step. You will find a much more up-tempo arrangement here, a lively percussive beat with synths and piano give this composition a real EM feel. This one has that special stardust feel, plenty of energy, the wide eyes of excitement and a luscious melody, with a driving electric guitar, all of that and much more can be found on this headline composition.
As we now drop out of warp and use manoeuvring thrusters to bring us into a more stable position. We can bathe in a track that is simply too huge to comprehend called Infinity. One can only imagine the feelings and emotions when one gazes through the window of you own little world to sample a view of Infinity, how does the mind deal with that? It’s emotive, overpowering and inspirational and all of those words and the aforementioned description explain entirely the arrangement, and feel of this most incredible opus of brilliance created by Kerani.
Our journey through the various quadrants of space has been sensational, but it’s not over yet, although we now find that our musical star ship is being pulled away from its current location and towards a vast celestial body, this new planet has a Gravity field that is compelling and extremely powerful. Kerani’s skill and compositional genius now illustrates that pull perfectly with a repeating pulse in the music. The percussion and symphonic build here is slow and so deeply powerful, while the added ethereal vocals from Davinia Van der Zee are simply divine.
You will be able to tell by the tone and tempo of this next offering that we must be nearing the end of our current trek through the stars, listen first to the marvellous strings that create such an emotional repose. Then some of the finest piano from Kerani ushers forth in what has to be a cinematic moment of outstanding natural beauty on the piece Worlds Unknown, my favourite piece off the release. I found this composition to be very moving and deeply emotive. Could this be the anthem for the universe? It gives us a feeling of utter love for all that we are part of and if we could all come together and realise this beauty, then perhaps we could all be a lot happier and more at peace. If there is any justice in the world of music, this has to end up on a space movie somewhere; it’s one of the best songs and melodies I have heard since the great Vangelis and the Albedo 0.369 album.
I must state honestly right here and now, that after listening to Worlds Unknown, I had to stop for a few minutes to compose myself, have a hug and wipe the tears from my eyes, that has to have been one of the most beautiful pieces I have listened to for years, thank you Kerani, you made this writer cry.
Stars (Remix) is our last space port, so as we engage docking thrusters and prepare to end our journey, we can enjoy this last gift from the musician. Whilst the nature of this piece it up beat, it has a certain purpose to it, perhaps one that states, “lets respect our world, let’s stop this childish bickering and realise that we are all one and move onwards together, in love peace and harmony”. This is a fine way to leave the album and with a little Jean Michel Jarre flare thrown in for good measure too.
Stardust has to be the finest release that Kerani has ever produced, its empowering, thought provoking, emotive and simply beautiful at every twist and turn of the album. This is going to appeal to such a wide range of listeners and fans, its symphonic, contains a confident and stylish performance on keyboards, synths and piano, it includes such a vast array of musicianship and support and a top notch quality of production. I have to say this, Stardust is the best album I have heard this year in this genre by a mile and I don’t only recommend you buy this album, I urge you to do so at all costs, it is excellent.
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