SO WHAT BACH - solo piano jams on JS Bach classics
This album has been reviewed by Jazz Journal UK who described it as "Wilkins is a powerhouse player with taste. Her Bach re-interpretations are meetings of minds": https://jazzjournal.co.uk/2021/02/14/keyna-wilkins-so-what-bach-six-piano-jams-on-bach-classics/
YULUGI: Chasing Stars To The Mother Tree
The album concept is based on the Gamilaroi star-lore myth that Berriberri (or the constellation Orion) set out in pursuit of the Miai-miai (or the star cluster Pleiades) and cornered them in a mother tree where they were transformed into yellow and white cockatoos. Yulugi is a collaboration between leading didgeridoo player Gumaroy Newman and composer-musician Keyna Wilkins. www.yulugi.com
Reviewed by Sydney Morning Herald: "Yulugi is Instantly engaging, with Gumaroy Newman's arresting voice and yidaki, leading us deep into his ancestral culture, in dialogue with Keyna Wlkins' piano and luminous flutes."
Reviewed by Fine Music FM: "This is virtuoso playing, worthy of any Australian collection."
EPHEMERA QUARTET: Blackholes and Modulations
"Blackholes and Modulations" is Ephemera's second album. Ephemera is a musical exploration of celestial landscapes such as pulsars, craters, planetary atmospheres, stars, sun and void. The ensemble is led by Keyna Wilkins (piano/flute/compositions) with Elsen Price (double bass), Carl St Jacques (viola) and Will Gilbert (trumpet). www.ephemeraensemble.com
Sydney Morning Herald reviewed the album: "Ephemera is always outward-reaching conceptually. The quartet can achieve a surprising orchestral sweep. Music of peculiar depth and mystery that somehow evades the laws of gravity"
Limelight Magazine reviewed the album: "Terrific, rich, pulsating, reverberant...sophisticated and compelling....vivid and colourful."
Guluu: For Magpie and Violin
"Guluu for Violin and Magpie" was composed by Keyna Wilkins and premiered by Airena Nakamura at Sydney Opera House Mar 2021. Based on the First Nations Mandalbingu and Gamilaroi legend about wild magpies, with grateful permission to use it. Sheet music published by Wirripang. Commissioned by Dianne Finnegan. Recordings of magpies from Wild Ambience (wildambience.com).
KEYS ACROSS THE SKY: solo piano compositions and improvisations
Piano solos performed and composed by Keyna Wilkins, influenced by impressionism, jazz and flamenco. Sheet music published by Wirripang. Recorded at A Sharp Studios, Riverwood, NSW, Australia 2017.
EPHEMERA TRIO: Orbits and Riffs
A musical exploration of celestial landscapes, merging the sound worlds of jazz and contemporary classical and set to real space sounds. Compositions/Piano/Flute: Keyna Wilkins, Double Bass: Elsen Price, Trumpet: Will Gilbert. www.ephemeraensemble.com Recorded at A Sharp Studios, Riverwood, NSW Australia, 2017.
Reviewed by Sydney Morning Herald: "Arresting, genre-blurring, music of massive breadth and high drama."
Reviewed by Jazz And Beyond: "Full of sonic textures and infinite possibility. This is one of the true concept albums of recent years"
Reviewed by The Music Trust: "Highly evocative and adventurous"
AIR IN MOTION: solo flute compositions and improvisations
Flute works composed and performed by Keyna Wilkins influenced by flamenco, jazz, impressionism and thoughts. Sheet music published by Wirripang. Recorded at A Sharp Studios in Riverwood, NSW, Australia 2017.