Here are some comments on Kathryn's first album, Dreaming Still, released January 2011. To read the full reviews, click here.
"... this is simply a gorgeous album. Some of the most thoughtful and profound piano work I have ever heard."
"Kathryn Kaye is as talented a composer and pianist as any with whom I’ve ever had the pleasure to work. Evidence of her classical training is everywhere in her varied and confident performances, but it’s her compositions which ultimately make Dreaming Still the powerful debut it is. Some of her pieces feel so hauntingly familiar that they seem like part of your DNA. That she accomplishes this without imitation or cliché is nothing less than a musical magic trick. This is a brilliant debut recording by a woman from whom we certainly and gratefully will be hearing much more."
Windham County, Vermont
"The compositions are simple yet elegant, much like Kaye’s brilliantly understated piano playing... Dreaming Still will leave piano music aficionados, as well as casual music listeners, in a positively blissful, dreamy state of mind."
"Dreaming Still is the debut CD by pianist/composer Kathryn Kaye, and what an auspicious beginning it is! ...Kathryn Kaye has established her own voice here, and it is lovely! Many of the fourteen tracks are solo piano, and there isn’t a weak track on the whole album - very unusual! What a great album! I give it my highest recommendation!"
"The moving piano music of Kathryn Kaye flows like quick drops of a downpour. And they are filled with warmth and conciliation. This falling rain brings a long awaited refinement. It washes away all the grime that has accumulated for a long time. You feel yourself young and full of positive energy. Your creativity is with you again and nothing can take it away."
“Dreaming Still is an impressive effort, made even more so by the fact that it is Kathryn’s first. Luckily we won’t have to wait long to hear the second, as she already has plans to come down from the mountain and head back to the forests of Vermont to pursue another step in her unfolding musical journey. If this album is any indication, it will be something to look forward to."
"…the music has a timeless aspect to it, it passes effortlessly and facilitates a strong sense of peace within the listener. With New Age albums being rather passive and restful by nature it is difficult to differentiate between them, but I think that Dreaming Still has a melodic edge that pushes it above the average."
John M. Peters
"Kathryn Kaye is a talented pianist releasing her first piano and instrumental album. After learning every detail, like her lifetime of music experience, the collaborating artists, and production credits, I had a feeling her new release was going to be great. In fact Kathryn Kaye’s new release greatly exceeded my expectations."
John P. Olsen
"On Dreaming Still, Kaye puts together a lovely recording that will give you every reason to let go of stress and empty your mind. The simple, elegant title is the perfect backdrop for what you find on this CD. It implies to me that if you listen to the music, relax and gaze at the cover's picture of the tree, you'll find yourself dreaming still. ...this kind of music should be listened to with the intent of emptying your mind and doing some day dreaming or meditating. ...you may find yourself refreshed and renewed after an entire listen."
"Upon hearing the album’s first track, 'Time Moving Slowly,' I knew I was in for a real treat. Kaye’s piano playing ability took my breath away. Each song on the album offers its own contribution to the Dreaming Still masterpiece. Listeners will transcend from their busy, hectic day to a state of complete emotional stillness and dreamy relaxation. It’s Kaye’s unparalleled ability to infuse both rich, dramatic melodies with ones a bit softer, a bit dreamy, that engages listeners’ entire being."
"There are times when you know right away that you are in the presence of a true artist, and I’ve found that to often be true for solo pianists than for other players. Just listen to the opening track, 'Time Moving Slowly,' and you’ll know why I’m saying that. … simple, yet beautiful."
Rotcod Zzaj (Dick Metcalf)
Improvijazzation Nation Magazine
"Dreaming Still es el primer trabajo de la compositora y pianista Kathryn Kaye, un álbum donde predominan melodías tranquilas, perfectas para momentos en los que se requiere deliberar o simplemente, recrearse con los hermosos recuerdos que esta música ayuda a recuperar. Compuesto por uno de los pianos más dulces jamás escuchado, Dreaming Still es un gran debut y un álbum muy recomendable."
Here are comments on Heavy as a Feather, the second album, released December 2011. To read the complete reviews, click here.
"A touch light as a feather, but with the power to keep you rooted to your seat so you don’t miss a single note. ... Kathryn Kaye uses all of her musical knowledge of folk and classical to create a masterpiece with Heavy As A Feather. The wistful tones and haunting melodies will bring you out of your hectic world and into a place of contemplation. This album is a must-hear, especially when you need a bit of a disconnect from the business of the everyday grind."
"The uncluttered melodies are played with such heartfelt expression that each becomes a distinctive gem as well as part of a flowing, cohesive whole. ... It’s amazing how much an artist can convey with so few notes. ... This is a great album...
"This is, quite simply, the best piano/orchestral work I’ve heard this year..."
Rotcod Zzaj (Dick Metcalf)
"...a delightfully rich and engaging concoction that is a sight for sore ears."
"Ms Kaye is a subtle composer, her music calling in influences of various classical composers such as Chopin and Liszt. ... This is a quietly stunning album, musically rich and ideal for reflection or finding a little peace in one's life."
John M. Peters
"Some of Kathryn’s compositions, for me, are like musical portraits that evoke the earthy ambience and subtle shadings of an Andrew Wyeth painting. In the words of Wyeth himself, 'To be a great artist, requires emotional depth, an openness, to look beyond self to the subject, and passion. A great painting then is one that enriches and broadens one’s perspective.' And so it is with the music of Kathryn Kaye, which resonates on an emotional level with the listener and inspires vision in the mind’s eye."
"This music is weightless and full of inner freedom. It is like the flight of a small multicolored butterfly which flies from one beautiful flower to another on the lush Summer meadow. This music is overflowing with tenderness, compassion and forgiveness. When you listen to this project you realize what a joy to be here on this Earth and you want to stay here as long as possible in harmony and creativity. ... This music appeals to the highest aspirations of your soul. It awakens the yearning for love and beauty."
"Kathryn Kaye is well on her way to establishing herself as one of the best of the current crop of pianists. Her compositions convey emotions effortlessly with no trace of "in your face" theatrics. She clearly understands that less is more when it comes to number of notes as well as allowing the simple flow of the melody to speak softly."
Zone Music Reporter
"Kathryn Kaye is a versatile pianist who knows how to create beautiful song melodies with emotional depth and charm..."
John P. Olsen
New Age Music World