"While there is a timeless nature to these beautifully composed minimalist instrumentals, her use of looped tracks and field recordings give it a modern day perspective, akin to the work of Ólafur Arnalds, while her Max Richter influence is also audible. A simultaneously thought-provoking and mesmerising listen" - Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times "Entrancing" - Hot Press "Consistently beautiful" - Tony Clayton-Lea "Go see / hear her strange, soothing genius" - Michael Smiley "A testament to the wonderful mysteries of sound" - John Kelly "A stunning piece of work that will have you floating from tears to joy" - Dan Hegarty, RTE 2FM
The past year has been an exciting one for Ambient Neoclassical Pianist / Composer Úna Keane. She released her sophomore instrumental Album IN THE DEEP at the end of 2019, with shows at D-Light Studios in Dublin and Servant Jazz Quarters in London. Lauren Murphy, reviewing for The Irish Times drew comparisons to the work of Ólafur Arnalds and Max Richter, citing her use of looped tracks and field recordings, while RTE 2FM's Dan Hegarty heralded it as a "stunning piece of work that will have you floating from tears to joy". Of her work over the past few years, Tony Clayton-Lea has named her "one of the best exponents of instrumental music that comes from a quiet, calm place".
Recorded in an old Victorian Railway worker's cottage in Dublin 8, IN THE DEEP explores themes of connection, communication and flow. Minimalist, ambient in genre, she recorded this album on her 100 year old Steck Baby grand Piano using a Tascam DR-44WL hand-held recorder. Each recording was entirely improvised, with no editing. You can even hear the creak of the piano stool.. It's 1848 meets 2019. This was also her first outing as Producer. Building on her 2017 Piano Solo LP AS I WAKE, STILL I DREAM (**** The Irish Times, co-produced with Ben Rawlins / Saso), this new work expands to include Electronics, Soundscapes and an old Typewriter.
A classically trained pianist with a background in Tech, she mines deep. Her work lives and breathes in a unique, multidisciplinary space, incorporating music, dance, film projection & art. As regards work for Film: Úna scored award-winning Actor / Director Michael Smiley's debut short "La Petite Mort". The short was subsequently chosen for Official Selection at the 31st Galway International Film Fleadh in 2019 and more recently at Irish Film Festa in Rome. To date some of Úna’s work has been broadcast on RTE & the BBC, and her compositions have been performed at Electric Picnic, All Together Now, Féile na Bealtaine and the National Concert Hall, as well as on many random pianos wherever she finds herself.
Since Covid hit, Úna has kept consistently busy. In April this year she was delighted to be asked to take part in a Radio Documentary by RTE 2FM's Dan Hegarty called "Isolation Creations", which also featured Paul Noonan (BellX1), Daithí and HotPress Editor Niall Stokes. In May she was commissioned by Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda to record new work for streaming via their socials. An invitation to take part in Season 5 of Pantisocracy for RTE Radio 1 was also a highlight, and this was broadcast in July.
On September 18th she released new single Ebb to tie-in with Culture Night. It was premiered by John Kelly on Mystery Train and named "Tune of the Week" by RTE Culture.
On November 27th Úna released COLLABORATIONS, a live album. She played her first headline show at Dublin's Pepper Canister Church earlier this year on March 5th (just before the world changed..), and was lucky enough to have some amazing musicians / friends come join her on the night: Stephen Shannon, Liam Ó'Maonlaí, Lōwli, Gareth Quinn Redmond & Ronán Conroy. The concert was recorded, mixed and mastered by gifted engineer / producer Adam KJ, and Úna & Adam co-produced.
NEW // 'Collaborations' Album Review: The Irish Times **** NEW // 'Collaborations' Album Review: Hot Press 8.5/10 NEW // 'Collaborations' named Irish Album of the year by Broadsheet.ie NEW // No More Workhorse - A Year in Music - 2020 - Úna Keane You can listen to & pre-order the album on Bandcamp >>