“Consistently beautiful … the perfect dovetailing of shifting ambitions, present headspace and persistent creativity” – Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times ****
“As evocative as its title.. the motif of the 10 tracks lingers even after the final note has been struck” – Lauren Murphy, The Sunday Times
“The sheer beauty of Úna Keane’s music is a testament to the wonderful mysteries of sound. Minimalist, free-form – and with a definite Irish tone – these compositions take us to that deep sonic space explored by only the very best of musicians” – John Kelly
Úna’s free-flowing minimalist compositions carry the listener to magical places…never forced, never hurried – these gorgeous motifs gently envelop you and provide comfort in a crazy world” - Carl Corcoran, The Blue of the Night
Úna Keane is a Pianist + Composer from Dublin, Ireland. Her latest project is an Album of Piano Solo compositions which combine free-form minimalism & classical cross-over. Her use of repeated motifs and cyclical patterns results in music that gets up close and personal whilst also conjuring up wide cinematic landscape. Written in tempo rubato, with tonal influences from both the traditional Irish music and classical genres, this is music that is imbued with space and room to breath.
The Album was conceived and composed over 3 trips to Paris between 2015 / 2016 while staying at Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, and includes a commission from CCI to compose a piece of music after a Séamus Heaney poem. Back home in Ireland, 2 x week-long stays in a rented cottage in the wilds of the Beara Peninsula & long walks in Dublin’s Phoenix Park with her Irish Terrier Indie provided further inspiration. Recording took place at The Live Room in Rathmines in 2016, working with long-time collaborator Ben Rawlins.
This record talks to the idea of how we owe who we are to all those who have gone before us. How they paved the way. The thread between past, present and future. It’s ultimately a record about connection.
To date some of Úna’s work has been broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland & RTE, and her compositions have been performed at The National Concert Hall in Dublin, as well as on random pianos wherever she finds herself. Her track “My Panacea” was included on Nils Frahm’s 2017 Piano Day Playlist, and “Behold the Beauty (of Land and Sea)” was premiered by RTE Lyric FM especially for Piano Day 2017 on March 29th (the 88th day of the year).
“AS I WAKE, STILL I DREAM” was released on Friday 5th May 2017 on Úna’s Marabou Records label, with an Album Launch at Dublin’s Unitarian Church. An Irish Tour is in the works for August / September.. Stay posted. In the meantime, you can pick up a Limited Edition copy of the Album here