As part of his Heartland Tour 2016, New England musician Dan Kennedy will play a concert at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, 2016. This event is open to the public and will take place at AMRO Music, 2918 Poplar Ave.
“I named my latest tour Heartland,” Kennedy explains, “because I’m heading into the interior of the country – and in a parallel way to the interior of the heart, where dreams and emotions live.”
The Heartland Tour 2016 will travel from the East Coast to the Mississippi River and back, touching down in Holyoke, MA; Elizabethtown, PA; Columbus, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Wilmington, IL; Springfield, MO; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN, Johnson City, TN; Athens, OH; York, PA; and Frederick, MD – 12 cities in 15 days. The complete tour schedule is available at http://www.dankennedy.us.
Dan will be performing several compositions from his latest CD BLOOM ROAD (2015). BLOOM ROAD peaked at #7 on the ZMR Top 100, an American chart, and at #4 on the OWM Top 100, a British chart, where it has also been nominated for a 2015 Album of the Year Award as well as a 2015 Piano With Instrumentation Award. Dan’s newest YouTube video “Sweet Rain” was named Video of the Month for March 2015 by Reviews New Age, a Spanish website, and was an official selection at the 2016 SENE Film Festival in Rhode Island. His much-awaited 2015 election into both Whisperings and the Enlightened Piano Network have put him into an élite of the top 300 contemporary solo piano artists worldwide.
His three CDs -- Lantern, Intuition, and Bloom Road -- (and digital download tracks from those recordings) are available at his website and at online sales sites such as CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many others.
Kennedy has worked industry stalwarts such as Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers, Ray Charles, B.B. King, James Brown), Native American flutist David Rose (Painted Raven, Mars Lasar), drummer Steve Holley (Paul McCartney, Elton John), wind player Premik Russell Tubbs (Santana, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga), and percussionist Jeff Haynes (Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson).
He lives in an 1860 farmhouse in the rolling farmlands of Western Massachusetts, the state where he was born and raised. He fell in love with music as a child. “When I was very little my mom put on a record of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and that made an enormous impact on me -- the orchestral sound and the variety of musical colors that I could almost see.” Dan took piano lessons, learning pieces by J.S. Bach and Debussy. “But I also was always inventing. Composing was very natural to me and I was fortunate to have teachers who were willing to listen to what I was coming up with and encourage my improvisations.”
Dan attended Oberlin Conservatory where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. There he not only studied classical, but also jazz piano (“My favorite jazz pianist was McCoy Tyner”). Kennedy also played solo piano (including many of his own compositions) regularly at the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse. Kennedy moved back to Boston to study at the New England Conservatory of Music where he obtained his Master of Music degree.
Kennedy became a recording artist along the way, initially working with Grammy winning producer Will Ackerman. Dan had started hearing music from Ackerman’s influential Windham Hill label in the late Eighties, artists such as George Winston and Liz Story. “I was surprised when I heard George Winston because his music already seemed familiar to me and his success in the marketplace was encouraging.” After college Kennedy also began performing more shows, now averaging 30 concerts per year in New England and across the country.
“I feel my music is based on pure emotions,” states Kennedy. “That’s what a composer does. He takes all of his experiences and feelings, and pours them into his music with the hope that the listener feels the emotional intensity and is affected by it. I really want the listener to get something out of the music whether it is peace, happiness, inspiration, serenity or soul-stirring change.”
For information call (901)302-3340. Admission is by donation.