Keyna Wilkins Solo + special guest Mohammad Ali Maleki
Keyna Wilkins is a pioneering Australian/British composer-musician. She was one of three finalists for the Australian Art Music Awards for Individual Excellence in 2021 and 2018 (APRA/AMCOS). As an innovative soloist her solo show explores stream-of-consciousness improvisations alongside her composed pieces, often using loop pedal and visual projections and inspired by contemporary human rights issues, astronomical phenomena and thoughts. She has performed her solo show around Australia and USA including Studio Z Minnesota USA, Churches Des Artistes New York USA, 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. For this special show she will be featuring collaborations with special guest Mohammad Ali Maleki - an Iranian poet and Manus Island survivor detained for 9 years by the Australian government for arriving by boat and seeking protection.
"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