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Keyna Wilkins

Keyna Wilkins is a pioneering Australian/British composer-musician of contemporary classical music (b. 1981). Characterised by an ongoing fascination with astronomical phenomena and the incorporation of jazz harmonies, improvisation, electroacoustic elements and dance forms into her compositions, her works are engaging in character, multi-facetted in concept and entertaining in public perception. Published by Wirripang since 2011, her music has been performed around Europe and Australia including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Basement, Seymour Centre, Sydney Conservatorium's Verbruggen Hall by ensembles such as Sydney Conservatroium Sax Orchestra, Spanish Encounters Piano Symposium Ensemble, Sonic Odyssey (UK), Art of Cadencia, Pena Flamenca, Arrebato as well as by musicians such as Greek pianist Kosmos Lapatas, Scottish flautist Alison Mitchell, French pianist Elodie Sablier, French singer Eleanore Maurri, Dutch singer Francesca Vencken, and Australian musicians such as pianist Natalia Ricci, double bassist Elsen Price, trumpeter Will Gilbert, cellist Damian de Boos Smith, percusionist Byron Mark, violinist Susan Collins and cellist Tieje Hylkema. Having completed her Master of Music Composition from Sydney Conservatorium under the supervision of Professor Anne Boyd and Doctor Rosalind Page in 2016, she has also studied with Sadie Harrison (Bath Spa Univeristy, UK), Oliver Gross (Hildesheim University, Germany), Jessica Wells (Aus) and Martin Wesley-Smith (Aus).
In 2017 she presented her Keys Across the Sky solo piano album and Sky Pieces for solo piano scores as a lecture/recital at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference held at Adelaide University as part of the Wirripang team. In 2015 she formed her own ensemble, Ephemera Ensemble (ephemeraensemble.com), to perform her compositions and have had a series of successful shows in Sydney. Their debut album (2017), Orbits and Riffs, recieved critical acclaim: "Arresting, genre-blurring..Disquieting music with massive breadth and high drama. 4 STARS" John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, "Full of sonic textures and infinite possibility, this is one of the true concept albums of recent years. 4 STARS." Peter Wockner, Jazz and Beyond. In 2013 Sydney Conservatorium Spanish Encounters Piano Symposium commissioned her to devise one of her own pieces Luna Llena for their ensemble and Marquez Laundry Theatre Company commissioned her to write the music for the abstract play Fred and Ginger at Sydney Fringe Festival.
Keyna is also a versatile flautist and pianist. With international classical training at Bristol Uni and Bath Spa Uni (UK), Hildesheim Uni (Germany) as well as Sydney Conservatorium, she has branched into jazz, experimental live theatre, flamenco fusion and improvisation. She has performed around Europe and Australia including Sydney Opera House and the Basement,in a wide diversity of ensembles. Highlights include opening the Adelaide Fringe Festival with Flamenco Australia in 2012 and opening the Picasso Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW with French noir trio Les Violettes in 2011.  www.keynawilkins.com

Photograph by Phyllis Photography

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