As an innovative soloist, Keyna Wilkins is a pioneering Australian/British composer-musician. Keyna explores stream-of-consciousness improvisations alongside her composed pieces, often using loop pedal and visual projections, inspired by contemporary human rights issues, astronomical phenomena and thoughts. For this performance, Keyna will be joined by improvising jazz drummer Shane Carpini.
Keyna Wilkins was one of three finalists for the Australian Art Music Awards for Individual Excellence in 2021 and 2018 (APRA/AMCOS). Her latest album was a collaboration with a 9-years detained poet-artist refugee held in an Australian detention centre via zoom over 6 months. She has performed her solo show around Australia including Phoenix Central Park, MONA, Sydney Women’s International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, Australian Flute Festival and many other venues. She has released 4 solo albums on piano and flute and 5 ensemble albums. Her works are published by Wirripang and performed internationally. While classically trained in UK, Germany and Sydney Conservatorium, she has branched into jazz, flamenco, live theatre and has studied intuitive conceptual improvisation with Tibetan Buddhist musician Tenzin Cheogyal.
“A powerhouse player”
– Jazz Journal UK
“Particularly fine nuanced playing throughout”
– Limelight Magazine
“Creating soundtracks for the biggest issues of our time”
– Jazz in Europe