On her latest recording, Equilibrium, New Age music keyboardist Kerani uses her music to honor the women of the world, feminine energy, important women in history, and female traits and talents.
“The concept for the Equilibrium album, and the title track, comes from my dream of a world where the male and female energies are in balance and in harmony, where men and women accept and respect each other as they are and treat each other as equals,” Kerani says.
Quan Yin is an East Asian deity of mercy and compassion, who dedicated her life trying to end suffering. The tune “Fragrant Mountain” is named after the place where Quan Yin meditated in a temple. The slow piano and cello piece “Anchoress” honors deeply religious women in medieval Christianity who chose to live lives of prayer and mortification, but also helped people with advice and prayer.
The composition “Boudicca, Heart on Fire,” which captures a Celtic and Roman atmosphere and builds in power and intensity, was inspired by the queen of the Iceni tribe in Celtic Britain nearly two-thousand years ago, who led a homegrown army against powerful Roman invaders.
Kerani played piano and synthesizers on the recording, handled all the female vocal parts, and also arranged, orchestrated and produced. She is joined by special guest musicians including violinist Wilfred Sassen, violist Joanne Wigmans, cellist Joep Willems and trumpet player Jos Gijsen. Some of the musicians are known internationally, such as shakuhachi flute player and recording artist Rodrigo Rodriguez; guitarist (acoustic, electric and dobro) Romain van Beek (who studied at Maastricht Academy of Music and has composed with Mark Knopfler); and flutist and vocalist Jan Mertens.
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