Kathryn's album, Patterns of Sun and Shade won the Zone Music Reporter award for Best Piano Album with Instrumentation for 2015 from Zone Music Reporter, the organization that tracks album play on the radio and Internet. She was given the award by pianist Ann Sweeten at the 12th Annual ZMR Music Awards Show at the Joy Theater in New Orleans on Saturday night, May 7, 2016. Other nominees included Heidi Ann Breyer, Peter Calandra, Scot Cossu, and Angelo Rapan. All of Kathryn's first four albums were nominated for ZMR awards, and she was the winner for both Patterns and the previous CD, What the Winter Said.
Kathryn's fifth album, There Was a Time, was released February 1. Once again Kathryn is joined on the album by Will Ackerman (guitar, occasional percussion), Tony Levin (bass), Jill Haley (English horn), Eugene Friesen (cello), Gus Sebring (French horn), Tom Eaton (accordion, percussion), and Charlie Bisharat (violin). Co-produced by Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton, and Kathryn, the CD was recorded at Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, Vermont by Tom Eaton, who mixed and mastered the tracks at Universal Noise Storage in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Click here to buy There Was a Time from CD Baby or from Amazon.com.
Patterns of Sun and Shade ends 2015 at Number 5
Patterns of Sun and Shade has been another great success for Kathryn. The album, released January 1, 2015, finished the month of January in the Number 1 spot on the Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Top 100 Chart. It went on to spend three months in the top 10 and eight months on the chart overall, ending 2015 ranked number 5 out of over 2,100 albums tracked by ZMR. Only Jeff Oster's album Next, which ranked number 1 for the year, matched that performance. Co-produced by Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton along with Kathryn, Patterns features accompaniment by Will and Tom, as well as Tony Levin, Eugene Friesen, Jeff Haynes, Jill Haley, Gus Sebring, and Charlie Bisharat. Several are Grammy winners and all are world-class musicians who have played with the likes of The Paul Winter Consort, Peter Gabriel, The Pat Metheney Group, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Yanni, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Shadowfax, Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow, and the Rolling Stones, among many others.
eTown Concert with Will Ackerman
Kathryn joined Will Ackerman, Louis Colaiannia, and Todd Boston before a full house at eTown Hall in Boulder, Colorado on Saturday night, December 5. Streets all around downtown Boulder were closed off for the city's 29th annual Lights of December Parade, but the parking challenge didn't deter music fans eager to hear an evening of great music. They were joined by vibraphone player and percussionist Joey Glassman, of Denver. Thanks to eTown for hosting a wonderful show.
Kathryn performed along with Colorado pianist Louis Colaiannia at e-Town in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday evening, March 11. Both Kathryn and Louis appeared on The Gathering II CD, which was produced by Grammy award winning guitarist/producer and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman.
Kathryn and Louis also performed at concerts in Sedona and Phoenix, Arizona in the Spring. The Sedona gigs were at the Sedona Creative Life Center (March 20), and the Heartline Cafe (March 21). The show at the Creative Life Center was arranged by Enlightened Piano Radio, a radio station and network of piano composers. The Phoenix show, on March 22, was a house concert.
Other concerts are being planned, and details will be posted as they become available.
Patterns of Sun and Shade - Reviews
Released January 1, 2015, the reviews for Patterns of Sun and Shade were uniformly great. Michael Diamond of Music and Media Focus wrote that, "Kathryn's style is her own, and above all else, articulates the language of her heart. Sometimes the softest, simplest melody speaks volumes emotionally and resonates with the listener in the most profound and personal of ways. The sensitivity heard in Kathryn's playing is not something that can be taught, but comes from deep within." Reviewer Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck gave Patterns of Sun and Shade 5 of 5 stars, and described the music as "most certainly a spiritual experience that will lead down the path of enlightenment," while for Bill Binkelman of Zone Music Reporter, her music is "laced with a gentle sense of beauty, occasionally tinted with a dash of nostalgia or romance. Kaye excels at a careful, nuanced style, letting individual notes work their magic on the listener's emotion."
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Kathy Parsons of Mainly Piano
Dana Wright of NewAgeMusicReviews
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Song of the Year Competition
Kathryn's song Frost, from What the Winter Said, was a finalist in the Instrumental category in the Song of the Year Song and Lyric Writing Competition. Winners were announced March 26, 2015.
Kathryn's third album, What the Winter Said, released in November 2013, reached number 1 on the ZMR Top 100 Chart, finished 2013 at number 55 out of over 2300 albums, and was the Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Best Holiday Album of 2013. For more details, click here.
Last year Kathryn shared ZMR's Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album honors with Will Ackerman and other artists produced by Will and Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studio, for a compilation album, The Gathering. Her song Mountain Laurel appeared on that album. The Gathering II, the second of Will and Tom's compilations, features Kathryn's Midwinter Lullaby.
A beautiful New England autumn found her again at Imaginary Road where she recorded a fifth CD, released February 1, 2016.
Kathryn's albums are available through the usual online outlets, like CD Baby, amazon.com, and iTunes.
Ontario photographer Janice Street has produced a video collaboration with Kathryn, using her own striking photographs of frost on windows along with Kathryn's song Frost, from What the Winter Said. For a sample, click here. You can also find the video on YouTube.
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About Kathryn -
Kathryn Kaye is a composer and pianist whose music transcends genres and categories. Classically trained as a soprano, pianist, and organist in the U.S. and Germany, her evocative and haunting melodies are at the same time both simple and profound. Among her sources of inspiration are classical music, jazz, New Age, and the hymns and folksongs of the Appalachian Mountains of southeast Kentucky, where she grew up.
Kathryn's first two albums, Dreaming Still and Heavy as a Feather were critically acclaimed, and both were nominated for Best Instrumental Album-Piano by Zone Music Reporter. The third album,What the Winter Said, went a long way toward securing her place in the top tier of contemporary composer/musicians.
"Some of the most thoughtful and profound piano work I have ever heard."
"There are times when you know right away that you are in the presence of a true artist, and I've found that to often be true for solo pianists than for other players. Just listen to the opening track [of Dreaming Still], 'Time Moving Slowly,' and you'll know why I'm saying that...simple, yet beautiful."
--Rotcod Zzaj (Dick Metcalf)
Improvijazzation Nation Magazine
"Kathryn Kaye is as talented a composer and pianist as any with whom I’ve ever had the pleasure to work. Evidence of her classical training is everywhere in her varied and confident performances, but it’s her compositions which ultimately make Dreaming Still the powerful debut it is. Some of her pieces feel so hauntingly familiar that they seem like part of your DNA. That she accomplishes this without imitation or cliché is nothing less than a musical magic trick. This is a brilliant debut recording by a woman from whom we certainly and gratefully will be hearing much more."
Windham County, Vermont
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