Composer and pianist Kevin Keller was honored at this year's ZMR Music Awards, taking home the prize for Best Neo-Classical Album (2012) for "The Day I Met Myself". Other nominees included major-label heavyweights Ludovico Einaudi (Decca Records) and The Piano Guys (Sony Masterworks).
The annual ZMR Music Awards are given to recording artists working in instrumental music genres such as Neo-Classical, Ambient, Electronic, Relaxation/Meditation, World, and Native American. Results are tabulated from votes submitted by radio hosts and music critics throughout the U.S. Previously only a web-based award, this year's awards show was presented live at the Joy Theater in New Orleans, and included performances by last year's winners, including Heidi Ann Breyer, Michael Brant DeMaria, Jon Jenkins & David Helpling, and Will Ackerman.
Keller's album "The Day I Met Myself" was produced by former Windham Hill artist Russel Walder, and features the Kevin Keller Ensemble, with Keller at the piano, supported by strings and woodwinds. Inspired by a profound personal experience many years ago, "The Day I Met Myself" unfolds like a film score, taking the listener on an emotional journey through lost memories and moments of wonder; then, emerging out of darkness to an incredible, expansive view. Keller's piano is the main voice in the story, while the strings and woodwinds create a lush, cascading world through which the piano travels. The music is surreal and deeply emotional.
For more information about Kevin Keller, please visit www.kevinkeller.com