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Keyna Wilkins : Associate Artist

Keyna Wilkins' compositional process is based on improvisation and connected to her personal spirituality exploring astronomical concepts and celestial landscapes within a diverse range of musical styles and structures. Universe and Universality.

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Photo: Phyllis Wong - Phyllis Photography


Keyna Wilkins is a pioneering Australian/British composer-musician. 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. Her music as been described as "Arresting, genre-blurring..disquieting music with massive breadth and high drama." John Shand Sydney Morning Herald and "Full of sonic textures and infinite possibility." - Peter Wockner, Jazz and Beyond (both Ephemera's Orbits and Riffs album).

Published by the Australian music publishing house, Wirripang, her works have been performed around Europe and Australia including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Basement, Royal Easter Show Main Arena, Seymour Centre, Sydney Conservatorium's Verbruggen Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium's Melba Hall, and Victoria Rooms (Bristol, UK) by ensembles such as Collide Trio (Melbourne), Sydney Conservatroium Sax Orchestra, Spanish Encounters International Piano Symposium Ensemble, Sonic Odyssey (UK) and flamenco ensembles Pena Flamenca and Arrebato as well as soloists pianist Elodie Sablier (France), flautist Alison Mitchell (UK/AUS). She also has four tunes in ths Australian Jazz Realbook.

Having completed her Master of Music Composition course from Sydney Conservatorium in 2016 under the supervision of Professor Anne Boyd and Doctor Rosalind Page, she has also studied with Sadie Harrison (Bath Spa University, UK), Jessica Wells (Aus), Martin Wesley-Smith (Aus) and Oliver Gross (Hildesheim Univeristy, Germany).

In addition Keyna is a versatile flautist and pianist. With international classical training at Bristol Uni and Bath Spa Uni (UK), Hildesheim Uni (Germany) and Sydney Conservatorium, she has branched into jazz, experimental live theatre, flamenco fusion and improvisation in a wide range of ensembles. In 2015 she formed her own trio, Ephemera, and after a series of successful shows around Sydney, were invited to feature at the Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival in 2017.

Also in 2017 she presented her Keys Across the Sky solo piano album as a lecture/recital at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference held at Adelaide University. In 2013 Sydney Conservatorium Spanish Encounters Piano Symposium commissioned her to devise one of her own pieces Luna Llena for their ensemble. Also in 2013 marquez Laundry Theatre Company commissioned her to write the music for the abstract play Fred and Ginger at Sydney Fringe Festival. Other 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.

Keyna Wilkins — current to March 2018