Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Keith Kenniff - Master Musician

I am a pretty particular person, preferring ballads to instrumentals. That said, I love it when instrumental works make me question my biases. The musical creations of Keith Kenniff is a prime example. Trained the Berklee College of Music after having grown up in a musically rich and ecletic houseful of musicians, these influences appears in his albums.

Debut album, “Unomia,” appears decidedly trance but also infused with extremely organic sounds such as what sounds like sticky paper getting separated (or a dead TV) as heard in “Samsara”. “West Orange” is a sweet lulling piece mainly with the piano.

His album, “The Malady Of Elegance,” has a classical refinement to it by showcasing the piano with ambient crackling sounds. It evokes images of a music genius recording herself on a cassette tape. “Threnody” feels to me like steps taken during one’s lifetime—slow, deliberate, wondrous and frightening. “The Winter Of 1539-1540” chills me to the bone leaving me feeling quite uneasy, nice. In “Evelyn,” which happens to be my mother’s name, the quick and slow beats evoke the mood of hope.

The Album “Helios” goes back to a trance sound but much more upbeat in tone than his previous albums. “Hope Valley Hill” indeed exudes a feeling of hope that is grounded. “Mountain of Ice” though heavy in nature, still moves in a dynamic pace.

In the album, “Goldmund,” Kenniff turns to classical music again. Not nearly as intense as “The Malady Of Elegance,” it is no less rich in sound and feeling. Kenniff is a musical master in the making. And boy is he prolific.

1 comment:

scionic said...

Interesting music. Thanks Monkey!