Kelly Wyse

Presentation

For the December 2016 edition of Urban Knights, Berlin, Kelly has composed four new piano pieces, which he will premiere and perform on the night.

Inspired by distinct locations around Berlin (U-Bahn 1 line; Rummelsburger Bucht, Berghain and the bells of the Berlinerdom). The source material for each piece is derived from field recordings taken on each site. From the recordings the key center, harmonic structure and literal motives are used as a basis for each piece. During the evening, Kelly will introduce and perform each piano piece.

Biography

Kelly Wyse is a pianist, composer and teacher who in 2016 relocated to Berlin from Seattle. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Conish College of the Arts in piano performance and over the years has recorded, performed or collaborated with a variety of groups and individuals including Pollens, X-Ray Press, Loscil, Orcas, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Jacaszek and The Seatle Pianist Collective. Currently Kelly is writing music for a new dance piece by Mexico City choreographer, Moises Himmelfarb and recording an album of solo piano music.

Image credit: Lydia Goolia

Kelly Wyse Urban Knights 2026 Image credit Lydia Goolia