SANTIAGO'S DREAM (2006)

"Santiago's Dream is an album for dreamers and lovers and those seeking music that balances the gentle non-intrusive nature of ambient with the warm romanticism of the best piano-based music."

-Bill Binkelman/ZMR

Performed by Meena Cho (cello) and

Kevin Keller (keyboards)

"Kevin Keller's blend of classical, ambient, and even the gentler side of prog-rock fills the listening space with varied and intricate conversations for piano, cello and synthesized sound. Although one can drift away somewhat during the slower movements, it is better to remain engaged. Keller composes and plays at a very personal level. His polished performances reveal genuine emotional content as Santiago's Dream moves between a number of sincere moods. From somber elegance to playful luxuriousness and energized dramatics, Keller presents eight distinctive and accessible pieces.

 

At the center of this album is Keller's wonderful piano playing, which is augmented by the warm cello solos of Meena Cho and compounded by acoustic guitar samples and ornamental electronics. The overall effect is that of a refuge as this work creates an alternate beautiful space, one without the ironies or difficulties of reality."

-Chuck van Zyl/Star's End