There are many instruments in the musical world, an area of interest that has been around since before we began recording history. Music is in all of our blood, we dance to it, sing with it, feel emotion because of it. In the case of Ari Kellen, he is consumed by it. Growing up with piano lesson weekly, and listening to his father’s Creedence Clearwater Revival albums daily, Ari was always surrounded by musical impressions. Throughout his childhood, being raised in New York City, he was exposed to hip hop, R&B, alternative rock, and blues to name a few. He was able to hear all types of genres that he continues to be passionate about today.
Ari began playing the piano when he was 9. The instrument that was considered a chore by the young boy would later prove to be an escape to peacefulness. Ari never pursued a career playing the piano even though he showed promise, he merely enjoys playing tunes and covers for his friends at parties. By himself, he plays classical pieces suited for his skillset that take his mind off of school work he has due, or any other stress he may have in his life. For college juniors like Ari, there is always an abundance of stress to be relieved.
Ari Kellen started playing the guitar when he was in highschool and has recently been more aggressive in his drive to learn more about the instrument. Ari was infatuated with the instrument, like most young men are, by the grandiore envy that surrounds the axe. It is a simultaneous symbol of rebellion and sincerity. He owns both an acoustic and electric six string guitar which he plays occasionally for his close friends. Currently taking lessons, he is excited to get better at wielding the legendary instrument.
With music being such a big influence on Ari, he has developed a wide appreciation for all genres. Music grows off of itself and has evolved over time to become what it is today. Learning the history of music and seeing where his favorite songs of today have been developed from is something of a treasure hunt for Ari Kellen. In a world ruled by sampling sections of songs from the past it only makes sense to dive into all genres to be able to better understand the concept of how we got to where we are today, the musical present.