British Pop Maestro KK sheds new light on Classical Music

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Having lent his electronic music wizardry to the likes of Bjork and Brian Eno, British composer Kevin Kerrigan has abandoned his trademark technology in favour of the sounds of 19th century romantic classical music for his new album "Solasta"

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SOLASTA (meaning "luminous light") is the fourth album from Kevin Kerrigan (excluding collaborations and film soundtracks). His unique style is hard to pin down - instrumental and cinematic, in many ways it's designed to capture the listener's own imagination, allowing them to escape into their own personal dreamworld.

Previous albums reviews have described it in terms such as :

"Each song feels like its own world, each a little segment of reality that you are invited to, if only for a few minutes"
"Definitely the soundtrack to my summer, and in the running for the soundtrack to my soul"
"I couldn’t help but imagine scenes to match with each track, I could go on and on about each in particular.."
"Sit back and let the music fill you with wonder..."

"Solasta" is classical in style, but nostalgia isn't KK's point.  "This music is about looking forward, not back," he explains, "I tried to capture a spirit of positivity using the pure emotional language of classical music. As this was about expressing something genuine and heartfelt. So much music these days is over-processed, calculated, cold even."

"Although I love modern music technology, I've recently rediscovered the power of the orchestra.." [from scoring numerous film and TV soundtracks, including work with Hollywood's James Newton Howard] .. "and having found myself exposed to such vibrant colours, I wanted to paint a window of light and beauty, to counter these rather bleak, dark times. The world is a beautiful place, and even when it isn't, with music we have a landscape of emotions and memories we can escape into."

Unlike typical soundtrack albums, Solasta remains in one mood, with ten tracks (or 'scenes' if you like) which don't jump abruptly in volume or tone. Essentially it's an album for listening to, in it's own right, as opposed to a soundtrack designed for one specific film.  A soundtrack for the mind (and soul perhaps).

Unsurprisingly the guest musicians involved are world class, with the likes of LSO's virtuoso violinist Julian Gil Rodriguez, and otherworldly diva Esther Dee (of Mediaeval Baebes) amongst the soloists. "I'm so fortunate to know such gifted musicians, they really bring this record to life!"

"Solasta" is released on Feb 10th 2017 on 21stCenturyGenius Music, and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other digital music services worldwide.

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