Maroney composes and plays "Hyperpiano", which
involves stopping, sliding, bowing, plucking, strumming the piano
strings with various objects: bars, bowls, knives, bells and
mashers of metal, boxes and bottles of plastic, mallets of
various kinds, and blocks of rubber independently of or (more
often) in conjunction with regular keyboard action.
to Wolf Kampmann of JazzThetik, "[K]eyboard
genius Denman Maroney... [is] able to create and unfold a
spectrum of sounds that range from new music to free jazz... The
piano is so much estranged [sic] that it gives you the full array
of sounds. Once again, Denman Maroney seems to be the only slide
pianist worth mentioning."
good solo prepared piano." - Jeff Gibson, Other
who concentrates on prepared piano playing rather than doing it
occasionally, is far more sophisticated than most." -
Harvey Pekar, Downbeat
an ongoing work called 'Music for Unprepared Piano', Maroney
whangs the strings of his Steinway L with glockenspiel tuning
keys, savages them with butter knives, and diddles them with a
potato masher. On occasion, he'll wiggle the ends of
marimba mallets against the soundboard to evoke barking seals.
At other times, he'll drop salad bowls onto the piano harp,
dramatizing their reverberations with judicious pedaling or
setting them jogging across the strings with tommy gun trills.
Twitching with melodic tics, bewitched by detail and density,
'Unprepared Piano' is mood music for obsessive compulsives."
- Mark Dery, Keyboard
have always been both fascinated and perplexed by all of the
unique sounds [Maroney] gets. Hyperpiano is in a world of
its own. There are three 20 plus minute pieces found here and
each explores new realms of inner piano weirdness. Each piece
involves a specific idea to explore. Flux Time utilizes
three tempos simultaneously, but sounds like a music box breaking
down, going in different directions at the same time. Artemisia
involves moving objects across the piano strings, producing high
end spirits whispering mysterious clouds of fractured
notes. Pretty scary at times. On the Contrary
employs sliding objects along the strings, rumbling through a
dark terrain, ancient ruins uncovered, myths revealed."
- Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter
recording credits include: Tambastics (Music & Arts
704) with Robert Dick (flutes), Mark Dresser (bass) and Gerry Hemingway (percussion); Mark
Dresser's Force Green (Soul Note 121273-2) with Theo
Bleckman (voice), Dave Douglas (trumpet), Mark Dresser (bass) and Phil Haynes
(drums); and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Knitting
Factory Works 155) with Mark Dresser (bass) and Dave Douglas
has just released a CD Hyperpiano (Mon$ey Music) of his
own piano works. Other recordings to his credit include the
Roulette Intermedium compilation A Confederacy of Dances Vol.
2 (Einstein Records EIN003) with Earl Howard (electronics)
and Stockhausen. Performed by the Negative Band (Finnadar
SR-9009) with Earl Howard (alto saxophone), Carl Stone
(electronics), J. Paul Taylor (electronics), David Simons
(percussion), Jon Weisberger (electronics) and Mike Fink
has an MFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts,
where he studied with James Tenney, Steven Mosko and Alan Chaplin