"I was blown away the first time I heard Aaron play. His music expresses who he is: a wonderful outpouring of energy, sensitivity and sensibility. He always seems to know not only what I'm hearing in my head, but exactly what the music needs. It is truly a joy to play with Aaron. He makes it happen."
"Aaron has been trained in all the classical methods of cello playing, but chose a very modern approach for his execution and style. Whether it's his unusual bow technique or the guitar effects board he plugs his cello into, the sounds escaping his tortured strings will be undeniably fresh, unique, and pushing the boundaries of all current musical genres."
Accolades for Arco 71:
“Formidable technique and an adventurous approach ... An 8 out of 10.”
“Eerie and different ... charmingly fiery and melodramatic ...”
Accolades for Dissonant Creatures:
"His tunes encompass a four cornered room of Classical and experimental Jazz, using some very minimalist tendencies with operatic sensitivity. The simple nature of the tunes trapped inside the digital disc coincided after I spent much of the weekend before restoring an older stereo vacuum tube amplifier for my living room. Personally I like that tube sound to really hear details, and after about 4 or 5 conscious repeated hearings it became very intoxicating, and slightly hypnotic. Only then I was able to engage in the subtle improvisation of it all. Not intended for the weak or frail, this is a mentally stimulating experience. It donned on me then “I'm curious to see how this will all sound live”, see below some words from that his recent show. Review by Radionic.
Cellist Aaron Kerr played at The Kansas City this past Tuesday, July 28th. He performed some newer compositions and a few off his other . Along for the ride that night were a couple good friends and we arrived at the show early to see the band assemble their gear. Early birds do catch the worm, or in this case a cellist about to perform. The band got into their groove rather fast, after a couple songs the whole sound got more moody with heavier emphasis. The “moog” analog synthesizer was squeezing high pitched sounds inside the moderately full bar and was very stimulating. Aaron himself was an animated character on stage in a pair of torn up jeans that were exposing his knees. I was kinda set back at 1st by the dress code; I figured the attire might be a nice pair of slacks or some cargo britches. But in fact his use of pants became quite clear when he tucked his warm bow into an opening of those torn pants for kwik storage and future retrieval. After my peers caught sight of that, we all chuckled out, “now there is one good reason for keeping old jeans around”. The whole performance was intensely energetic and got me even more curious for this newer sound. Aaron and his works are very diverse, learning more of that info during the gig, there are about 6 Cd’s available all of which are slightly different. Afterwards I greeted and talked with him about the show. “Intense and not what I was expecting” I admitted “but the sound was delightful”, he was pleased to hear my comments. Take a moment yourself to explore his ideas and works. For more information or to see his albums, go to www.aaronkerr.com".in
-Joseph Powell, KKFI Radio, Kansas City
Accolades for JazZen's :
"great, unique music." - Russ Davis, MOJA Radio
"If you're interested in the Miles Davis Quintet (the Shorter/Hancock/Williams group he recorded with in the middle 60s) you're going to be impressed with the relationship Aaron and Derrin have as a rhythm section and with the range Bobb can achieve with instruments we often [associate with] new age music." - Hymie's Vintage Records
2006 McKnight Composer Fellowship
American Composers Forum New Music Grant
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra CONNECT Residency