The Piano

Oh, the crazy things composers do with keyboards! Today’s program is about and around the piano, starting with a new Stillstream artist, David Kellen, and featuring works from Doc and Lena Selyanina, Phil Wilkerson, Bing Satellites, Bruno Sanfilippo and Formication. Join us as we celebrate the art of the piano on At Water’s Edge beginning at 9pm Pacific, 11pm Central, on!
Image of piano interior By Opus33 (English Wikipedia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image of piano interior By Opus33 (English Wikipedia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1. David Kellen – “The Waiting” – Journal Of My Soul – 2004 (6:19)
2. David Kellen – “Bryansk” – Journal Of My Soul – 2004 (9:42)
3. David Kellen – “audio 1 1#03 mixed” – unreleased – 2012 (15:04)

David Kellen is one of those gifted and multiply talented musicians who began as a classical pianist and branched out. A freelance musician in the Chicago area, he’s a bit of a jack of all trades, having performed jazz piano, traditional and contemporary Christian worship music, classical and electronic organ, harpsichord and ethereal piano and synthesizer music.
The owner of Studio K Music in Geneva, Illinois, he has mentored hundreds of youth and adults in piano and keyboard instruction since 1991. Studio K has become the most successful piano studio in the western suburbs of Chicago, with an enrollment of nearly two hundred students.

Kellen Graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Keyboard Performance from Northern Illinois University, with an emphasis on organ, jazz piano and harpsichord. Since 1985 he has been a Freelance Jobbing Musician, playing solo piano, jazz quartet, and with various big bands for numerous events, weddings and corporate parties in the Chicago area. In 1991 He was a national finalist in the Yamaha National Electone festival held in La Mirada, CA. Currently he performs with a twelve piece band in the Chicago area.

In 1997 Kellen released his first solo piano CD entitled In Search Of Christmas. Between 2002 and 2004 he released three CDS: Gift Of Christmas, Jazz Piano Christmas, and Journal Of My Soul, an ethereal compilation of original piano improvisations.

You can contact him through his website at

4. Doc and Lena Selyanina – “Dancers in Mist” – An Island of Joy (In a Sea of Electronic Dreams) – 2005 (19:46)
5. Doc and Lena Selyanina – “Behind the Veils” – An Island of Joy (In a Sea of Electronic Dreams) – 2005 (17:08)
6. Doc and Lena Selyanina – “An Island of Joy (In a Sea of Electronic Dreams)” – An Island of Joy (In a Sea of Electronic Dreams) – 2005 (30:01)

One of those musical collaborations that would not be possible without the internet, Finnish producer Doc and Russian pianist Lena Selyanina have worked together for several years. Since summer 2005 they have been co-creating ambient music based on classical material and releasing it on Musictrade netlabel. Their first album Distant Transmissions (MT002, July 2005) was meditative space ambient built on J.S. Bach’s music. This was followed by An Island of Joy (In a Sea of Electronic Dreams) (MT004, November 2005), an album of beautiful impressionistic ambient inspired by Claude Debussy’s ‘water music’. In March 2006 they released their third album together: Noble, Sentimental & Ambient Waltzes (MT008), a dark, cinematic work inspired by Maurice Ravel’s series of waltzes for the piano. The fourth album ‘Echoes from an Engulfed Cathedral’ (MT011) came out in January 2007; this impressionistic ambient work was again inspired by Claude Debussy’s music. Their fifth artistic co-creation, Nangilima (MT015) was released in December 2007. This album, inspired by Dmitri Shostakovich’s piano music, focused on the theme of childhood: its joys, fears and fantasies. In January 2008 came out Cosmic Lullabies (MT018), a calm, cosmic and meditative work.

7. Phillip Wilkerson – “Nos 1-7” – Seven Piano Improvisations – 2007 (24:32)

Phillip Wilkerson began releasing ambient music in 2005, after many years of creative exploration with synthesizers, guitars, and virtual instruments. His music focuses on contemplative atmospheres, harmonic drones, and amorphous soundfields.

Phillip has released music through Earth Mantra, Free Floating, and other netlabels.

His CD and digital releases are available at Amazon, CDBaby, and iTunes.

Phillip is a partner in the ambient duo Time Being, available through Lotuspike / Spotted Peccary.

8. Bing Satellites – “Cascade One (Piano)” – Piano Cascades – 2011 (10:23)
9. Bing Satellites – “Cascade Two (Piano and Horns)” – Piano Cascades – 2011 (6:19)
10. Bing Satellites – “Cascade Three (Piano)” – Piano Cascades – 2011 (4:20)
11. Bing Satellites – “Cascade Four (Piano and Horns)” – Piano Cascades – 2011 (5:21)

Bing Satellites is Brin Coleman, a prolific ambient shoegaze musician and producer from Manchester, UK. Bing has released many EPs and albums on BFW recordings, Free Floating Music and Treetrunk Records including collaborations with OnSpiderPark, Tange, as well as All The Lost Souls (a collaboration between himself, Getzel and piper_ben), a collection of remixes and an ever-growing collection of live, improvised ambient music entitled Twilight Sessions.

Bing Satellites also makes music under the names the lovely moon, the ambient visitor and Blocker.

Bing Satellites on the web:

12. Bruno Sanfilippo – “Piano Textures 3 I” – Piano Textures 3 – 2012 (5:17)
13. Bruno Sanfilippo – “Piano Textures 3 II” – Piano Textures 3 – 2012 (8:40)
14. Bruno Sanfilippo – “Piano Textures 3 III” – Piano Textures 3 – 2012 (7:28)
15. Bruno Sanfilippo – “Piano Textures 3 V” – Piano Textures 3 – 2012 (6:16)
16. Bruno Sanfilippo – “Piano Textures 3 VI” – Piano Textures 3 – 2012 (6:39)
17. Bruno Sanfilippo – “Piano Textures 3 VII” – Piano Textures 3 – 2012 (6:45)

Bruno Sanfilippo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and now lives in Barcelona, Spain
He is also a classically trained musician and composer; in 1988 he graduated from the Galvani Conservatory in Buenos Aires with a degree in musical composition, piano emphasis. Bruno has been creating music for more than 20 years. His focus alternates between the exploration of minimalist piano concepts, and contemporary hybrids of acoustic and electronic music.

18. Formication – “Exit” – Pieces for a Condemned Piano – 2006 (28:33)

Formication is an actual word–it’s the medical term for a sensation that resembles that of insects crawling (tactile hallucination) on (or under) the skin.

It also refers to the ambient music collaborative project by Alec Bowman and Kingsley Ravenscroft, based in Nottingham in the UK. They write of this project:

One cold & bright August evening, in the empty car park of a sleepy village pub, we discovered the condemned piano.

During the time we spent with the remains on that August evening, we gathered 13 samples using various field recording techniques. The wooden keys, stripped bare, had expanded in the rain and so playing the instrument in the usual fashion was out of the question. Instead, we forced the music from the strings in other ways.

We took these extracts back into Harmsway and spent the following months reducing, expanding, compressing, torturing, stretching, warping & beating this music from them. Presented here is our lament for that condemned piano.

The piano is no longer there. It now only exists in memory, in these photographs and in the music we have made. We have provided it with a proper interment and in return, it has given us is its most beautiful and poignant performance to date.

19. Bruno Sanfilippo – “Piano Textures 3 IV” – Piano Textures 3 – 2012 (3:37)

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