By Úna Keane
Hi everyone, I'm a Pianist / Composer from Dublin and write music in the ambient / neo-classical genre. I work mostly with piano and also use electronics, looping, a typewriter, soundscapes and field recordings. I love to experiment and to improvise.
On November 27th I released COLLABORATIONS, a live album. I played my 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 me on the night: Liam Ó'Maonlaí, Stephen Shannon, Lowli, Gareth Quinn Redmond & Ronán Conroy. The concert was recorded, mixed and mastered by Adam KJ, and Adam & I co-produced.
"Opening with the tranquil sound of birds in an idyllic forest, 'Silvaticus // Sunrise' is a fitting beginning to Collaborations and places the theme of Mother Nature at centre stage. Dreamy lead single 'Hollow' brings the slow tempo of Keane's piano melodies for an elevated and sparse elegance, only introducing elements of violin, Stephen Shannon's arpeggiated electronics or smattered vocals when absolutely necessary. The musician's subtle layering of instruments matched with beautiful yet complex piano composition allow the audience to connect a feeling to each enchanting song. Liam Ó'Maonlaí's vocals and Lowli's musical prowess add an enriching new dimension to 'Rivers' and 'As the Mood Takes You' respectively.
Despite the fact that the musicians had never played together in a live setting before, Keane's clean piano work and lack of confinement within genre boundaries means that her fellow artists can each make their own beautiful mark on Collaborations. Concluding with 'Seas Ascending', featuring Ronán Conroy's unique organ work, brings the climate back to the forefront and firmly on a pedestal. A live album with an ethereal ambiance, Úna Keane's compositions demand to be heard live" - Hot Press
I'm delighted with how the album has been received, and would love to have it available on CD & Vinyl. There's nothing quite like the sound or feel of Vinyl. There's something so special, so tangible about this format. This project was made possible through the generous sharing of talents, and financed on a shoe-string. The only way my bank balance would allow ;) So, I'm asking for your help.
Excited to share this music with you. You can listen to the Album here (just scroll down a tiny bit..)
The full crowd-funding target of 2,500.00 euro (minus Fund it admin costs) will go towards the cost of having the album pressed to Vinyl & CD. I'm working with Rotator, a company based out of Dublin, and all going well will have Vinyl & CDs ready by early March. I'm hoping with your help that I can I reach my target by Christmas Day! Ambitious yes, but hopefully together we can make it happen :)
I've a number of Rewards to offer in exchange for your support ::
Thanks for your help with this. I really appreciate it so very much -