Going deep into the realms of classical and ambient music, composer Kevin Keller has created Intermezzo, a suite for cello and electronics that rediscovers the musical world first explored by Klaus Schulze in the late 1970's.
Together with engineer Howard Johnston, well known for his work with the Kronos Quartet and Brian Eno, Keller has captured the passionate and lyrical performance of cellist Eric Stein, in whose hands the music is transformed into a journey full of both sadness and joy.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its release, “Intermezzo” has been carefully remixed from the original analog tapes and mastered by Nashville engineer Chris Frasco.
Intermezzo is music for deep listening, from the first notes of prelude's gothic choir (on "The Black Cottage") to the last lingering piano chords of "Acquainted with the Night".
"Hearts of Space fans will love this new indie release: Keller's swirling clouds of electronic tone share the spotlight with Eric Stein's stately cello lines. The synthesizer choir and strings lean more toward symphonic composition than ambient techno, and the cello work has the same seriousness and lack of repetition. Highlight: the filter-swept scraping drones in the background." (Keyboard Magazine)
released October 21, 2016
Composed, arranged, and produced by Kevin Keller
Performed by Eric Stein (cello) and Kevin Keller (keyboards, electronics)
Recorded by Howard Johnston and Mark Slagle
at Different Fur, San Francisco, CA
Pre-production recording by Oliver DiCicco
at Mobius Music, San Francisco, CA
Mastered by Chris Frasco at The Brooklyn Outboard, Nashville, TN
Cover images by Wernher Krutein, Photovault, San Francisco, CA