Denman Maroney at Stone by Peter Gannushkin“Pianists have been tinkering with the guts of their instruments for nearly a century now, but it’s altogether likely that no one has explored the art of prepared piano as diligently or creatively as hyperpianist Denman Maroney.” Time Out New York

The music of "hyperpianist" Denman Maroney is inspired by nature and the music of John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Henry Cowell, Duke Ellington, Charles Ives, Scott Joplin, Olivier Messiaen, Thelonious Monk, Conlon Nancarrow and Karheinz Stockhausen among others. Maroney plays what he calls hyperpiano, which involves bowing and sliding the strings with bars, cylinders, bowls, blocks, and cases and gives him a unique sonic vocabulary. He also uses a system of temporal harmony, based on the undertone series (1, 1/2, 1/3...) that allows him to improvise and compose in multiple tempos at once.

Maroney has composed some 90 works and recorded some 50 albums (35 as a leader) with Dave BallouTheo BleckmannMichael Dessen, Dave Douglas, Mark DresserAndrew DruryMin Xiao Fen, Robin FinckerDenis Fournier, Ratzo Harris, Shelley HirschEarl HowardJames IlgenfritzLeroy Jenkins, Lisa Karrer, Dominic Lash, Emilie Lesbros, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Mat ManeriBob MeyerAngelika Niescier, Oscar NoriegaKevin Norton, Barre PhillipsNed RothenbergRich O’DonnellMichael Sarin, Megan Schubert, Samuel Silvant, David Simons, Hans Tammen, Scott Walton, and Matthias Ziegler, among others.

Jimmy Garrison and James Tenney were among his favorite teachers. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in composition and piano from Cal. Inst. of the Arts. He has won fellowships from Chamber Music AmericaNational Endowment for the ArtsNY Foundation for the ArtsNY State Council on the ArtsArts Council of Rockland (NY), Michigan Arts and Culture CouncilJerome Robbins Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Music Omi, and Yale Summer School of Music and Art.

He has performed in Canada, USA, Mexico, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, China, South Korea, and Japan.

His writings are published in John Zorn’s Arcana VI and Georg Graewe’s grubenklang: reloaded.

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Photo by Peter Gannushkin.