ASTRAPHENE (2023): A collaboration with Film Repertory Group NYC, Stephen Shannon & I
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Úna Keane is a composer, producer & performer from Dublin. She blends piano, electronics, movement & film. Since the release of piano solo LP ‘As I Wake, Still I Dream’ in 2017, she’s been steadily building a following on the ambient, neoclassical scene. Her use of cyclical patterns and looped motifs produces music that mines deep whilst conjuring cinematic landscape; recurring themes in her work link music, nature & science.
Lauren Murphy, reviewing sophomore LP ‘In the Deep’ (2019) 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 "probably one of the best exponents of instrumental music that comes from a quiet, calm place”.
The Dubliner released critically-acclaimed Live Album 'Collaborations’ at the end of 2020 (“one of the few artists in the world to release a live album recorded in 2020” – Nialler 9). Recorded live at The Pepper Canister Church a week before the first lockdown, it features Stephen Shannon, Liam Ó'Maonlaí, Lōwli, Gareth Quinn Redmond & Ronán Conroy. Named Irish Album of the Year by Broadsheet.ie ("unforgettable...improvisation of the highest calibre"), it garnered a glowing 8.5/10 review from Hot Press Magazine and 4 stars from The Irish Times. The concert was recorded, mixed and mastered by Adam KJ, and Úna & Adam co-produced. Following the warm reception to the record, a limited edition vinyl pressing of the album was released on her UKM imprint label in 2021.
Her work has received regular airplay on RTE Radio 1, RTE 2FM, RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta, Newstalk, RTE Lyric FM, BBC Across the Line and on Martin Bridgeman's KCLR FM show Ceol Anocht.
In addition to composing & releasing her own music, she’s also been building a portfolio of film scoring commissions: “La Petite Mort” (2019) written & directed by Michael Smiley (Kill List, The Lobster) was short-listed at Galway Film Fleadh and Film Festa Roma. In 2020 she was invited to score the music for Dance Film ‘Silvaticus’ – a 3-way collaboration between Contemporary Dancer / Choreographer Jana Castillo (AUS) & Film-maker Sinéad McDevitt (IRE). The film was subsequently premiered by Hot Press on 21.01.21. In 2021 Úna was commissioned by the Gallery of Photography to take part in a collaborative NFT project called 'Galleries With[out] Walls', in association with RCC Letterkenny & the Museum of CryptoArt NYC (MoCA). She’s currently working on a new Arts Council-funded project called TIDAL, which explores the passage / flow of tidal energy generated in a lunar cycle: through music, electronics, light installation, spoken word and field recordings.
“Beautiful music to get lost in” – The Sunday Times
“A live release is a rarity in 2020 but the hush and rapture that Keane evokes is something to treasure in more ways than one” – The Irish Times “Keane's magical creations knit together layer after layer of sonic soaring and swelling for an immersive live experience” – Hot Press "Go and experience the genius that is Úna Keane. She'll take you away and hopefully you'll make it back" - Michael Smiley “..sparse electronics and the nature theme pervading most of the album elegantly evoke at times the music of the late Mayo pianist Conor Walsh” – Spellbinding Music
“Testament to the wonderful mysteries of sound” – John Kelly
// R E C E N T P R E S S //
- Feb 2023: RTE Culture: Astraphene – A unique cross-atlantic dance collaboration
- Sept 2022: RaggedCast: 10 Songs that have shaped the music I make & why
- Sept 2022: IMRO Feature on upcoming show at City Assembly House Dublin
- June 2022: RTE Culture names new track “Lumen” their ‘Tune of the Week’
- March 2022: Hot Press on new track “Kyiv Not Kiev” (all proceeds to UNICEF)
- Sept 2021: ‘Collaborations’ Vinyl Edition: Reviewed by Spellbinding Music
- June 2021: ‘Collaborations’ set for physical release on 16.07.21 – IMRO
- April 2021: Guest feature on Arts Insight Podcast
- March 2021: Hot Press premiere 2nd single from ‘Collaborations’ – ‘Silvaticus // Sunrise’
- Jan 2021: Dance / Film Collab with Jana Castillo (AUS) & Sinéad McDevitt (IRE)
- Jan 2021: Successfully crowd-funded to have ‘Collaborations’ pressed to Vinyl
- Dec 2020: ‘Collaborations’ named Irish Album of the year by Broadsheet.ie
- Dec 2020: No More Workhorse – A Year in Music – 2020 – Úna Keane
- Nov 2020: ‘Collaborations’ Album Review: Hot Press 8.5/10
- Nov 2020: ‘Collaborations’ Album Review: The Irish Times ****
- Nov 2020: Hot Press premiere video for ‘Hollow’ >>
- Nov 2020: Lauren Murphy on new live album ‘Collaborations’ for entertainment.ie
- Nov 2020: Nialler9 premieres new single ‘Hollow’
- Sept 2020: Single Ebb released for Culture Night. Named ‘Tune of the Week’ by RTE Culture
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// D I S C O G R A P H Y // Composition / Instrumental:
- Astraphene (2023, Single / collaboration with Stephen Shannon)
- Lumen (2022, Single)
- Kyiv Not Kiev (2022, Single)
- Seas Ascending (2021, Single)
- All that Breathes // Anaphoric (2021, Single)
- Silvaticus // Sunrise (2021, Single)
- Hollow (2020, Single)
- Collaborations (2020, Live Album)
- Ebb (2020, Single)
- In the Deep (2019, Studio Album)
- As I Wake, Still I Dream (2017, Studio Album)
Singer / Songwriter:
- Trees (2010, Studio Album)
- Saya Nova (2004, EP)
Film Scoring / Commissions:
- ASTRAPHENE (2023). An experimental, collaborative dance film project between New York-based Film Repertory Group (John Noel & Sarah Misch) and Dublin-based composers Stephen Shannon & Úna Keane. For more >>
- TIDAL (2022). Arts Council-funded project which explores the passage / flow of tidal energy generated in a lunar cycle: through music, electronics, light installation, spoken word and field recordings.
- ORDINANCES + ANGELS (2021, Collaboration with Northern Irish photographic artist Ruth Gonsalves Moore). Commissioned by Gallery of Photography for Galleries With[out] Walls: NFT Collaborative Project in association with RCC Letterkenny & Museum of CryptoArt NYC (MoCA).
- SILVATICUS Dance Film (2021). A 3-way collaboration with Contemporary Dancer / Choreographer Jana Castillo (AUS) & Film-maker Sinéad McDevitt (IRE).
- LA PETITE MORT (2019, Short, Dir: Michael Smiley). Short-listed at Galway International Film Fleadh & Film Festa Roma.
- Ongoing: Work on a series of Visuals collated from the Prelinger Archives in San Francisco to accompany Single releases for 3 instrumental albums to date.