Denman Maroney

"There are few minds as agile and inquiring as that of pianist, composer and educator Denman Maroney. Over nearly 40 years, he has managed to rethink the piano’s vocabulary, creating a readily identifiable language on the instrument. He calls his contribution “hyperpiano”, a method of playing inside the piano that is characterized by a dizzying and diverse pallet of sonorities that make the instrument into an orchestra. He has also developed an equally unique compositional language involving combined pulses, employing the phrase “temporal harmony” to describe it. Yet, there is a directness, at times almost a simplicity, in his music. With his playing and in his compositions, Maroney combines musical genres and transforms sounds we think we understand, adding depth and color, often at great speed, while never sacrificing clarity." — Mark Medwin, All About Jazz-New York

Maroney has won grants from Chamber Music America, NEA, Arts Council of Rockland County NY, New York State Council on the Arts, Music Omi, ASCAP, Meet the Composer, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Jerome Robbins Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Yale Summer School of Music and Art, and Michigan Arts Council. He was educated at Cal. Arts, Bennington, and Williams. He studied with Jimmy Garrison, Steven Mosko, and James Tenney among others.

Maroney has recorded for Innova, Clean Feed, Nuscope, Cryptogramophone, Victo, Porter, CIMP, Potlatch, Erstwhile, Music & Arts, Tzadik, Knitting Factory, Soul Note, Cadence, Mutable, Finnadar, Tellus, Enja, and Einstein, among other labels. He has collaborated with Dave Ballou, Theo Bleck- mann, Michael Dessen, Robert Dick, Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser, Ratzo Harris, Phil Haynes, Gerry Hemingway, Tim Hodgkinson, Earl Howard, Leroy Jenkins, Lisa Karrer, Dominic Lash, Rudresh Ma- hanthappa, Mat Maneri, Bob Meyer, Alexandra Montano, Kevin Norton, Rich O’Donnell, Ned Rothenberg, Mary Rowell, Michael Sarin, David Simons, Hans Tammen, Min Xiao-Fen, and Matthi- as Ziegler among other musicians.

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