“The sheer beauty of Úna Keane’s music is a testament to the wonderful mysteries of sound. Minimalist, free-form … these compositions take us to that deep sonic space explored by only the very best of musicians” – John Kelly
“Consistently beautiful …” – 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
Úna Keane is a Pianist + Composer from Dublin. Her Album “AS I WAKE, STILL I DREAM” was released in May 2017, and received 4 Star reviews from both The Irish Times & The Sunday Times. 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.
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. Her use of repeated motifs and cyclical patterns results in music that gets up close and personal whilst also conjuring up wide cinematic landscape.
The Album was conceived and composed over 3 trips to Paris between 2015 / 2016 while staying at Le Centre Culturel Irlandais. 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 provided further inspiration. Recording took place at The Live Room in Rathmines in 2016, working with long-time collaborator Ben Rawlins.
To date some of Úna’s work has been broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland & RTE, and her compositions have been performed at Electric Picnic, Féile na Bealtaine and the National Concert Hall, as well as on many 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.
Following a 6-date Irish Tour in Sept & Oct 2017, playing mostly in Churches and other intimate spaces, Úna gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at the end of December. As well as being busy being a mama, she’s been working on some new music over the past few months, incorporating electronics, live visuals, field recordings & soundscapes. She will be touring again this summer & autumn – Ireland, the UK, and some european dates too (details soon).
You can listen to & buy a copy of the Album here >>