Kelly Moran has carved out a lane that is all her own, one that touches on experimental electronic composition with attention to detail and dedication to craft. A highly accomplished, classically-trained composer and keyboardist, she comes to Warp as a new, frontier-breaking maverick.
Through her completely self-recorded and self-produced 2017 album Bloodroot (Telegraph Harp) and preceding self-released “mixtape” Optimist, Kelly has built an organic following in contemporary classical circles, with many fans in high places at press (New York Times, New Yorker, NPR) and in the live realm (2018 Van Lier Fellow via Roulette, BK). Bloodroot was both critically and widely acclaimed, appearing in Best Experimental (Rolling Stone), Best Classical (New York Times) and Best Metal (New York Observer) albums of the year lists 2017. As you would expect from such a genre-defying voice, Kelly’s creative influences extend far outside of the academic / classical space. She presents herself as honest, approachable, yet intellectual and confident in her vision without any pretension.
Born in New York, Kelly picked up piano from a young age of her own volition and has never turned back. She went on to attend the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor studying piano performance, sound engineering, and composition and received a fellowship for the MFA program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology at University of California-Irvine where she focused on composing for dance. The theme of motion and the discipline required to compose for dancers continues to feel infectious in her pieces. She began her formative professional music career making ends meet as a working multi-instrumentalist in bands and accompanying on the piano at dance-schools. She name checks John Cage as a major inspiration as well as acclaimed experimental pianist and frequent Cage collaborator Margaret Leng Tan. Tan went on to personally premiere a prepared piano piece composed by Kelly in April 2018 as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York.
While in some ways Kelly shares a more direct threadline to Warp’s composers RDJ (Druqks) and Chris Clark’s piano work, her formal introduction to Warp was through Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never. After originally meeting on Twitter and discovering they were both strong fans of each other’s work, OPN asked Kelly to participate in his MYRIAD show as part of his first full live band. Kelly takes great pride in her performance so she naturally fit in as a vital part of the MYRIAD ensemble, in which she is continuing to tour around the World.
Kelly has kept busy with her recent Van Lier fellowship grant and becoming a Yamaha sponsored artist. She originally created and regularly hosts a radio show for NPR-affiliate Newsounds titled “Wavelength” and presented a special Freakzone for BBC Radio earlier this year.
The transcendent Ultraviolet - Kelly’s first album for Warp Records - was recorded at her parents’ house in Long Island, minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. It is released on 2nd November 2018 and is accompanied by original artwork by Tim Saccenti and Sam Rolfes.