Keyna Wilkins is a pioneering Australian/British composer-musician at home in many musical worlds.
She was one of three finalists in the Australian nation-wide APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards for Excellence by an Individual 2018. Her works have had numerous international performances. Characterised by an ongoing fascination with astronomical phenomena, her works incorporate jazz harmonies, improvisation, electroacoustic elements and dance forms. Her composistions are engaging, diverse and linked to her personal spirituality.
Published by Wirripang, her works have been performed in USA (concert series at Universities of South Carolina, Vandebilt and Georgia), Asia (Singapore Saxophone Symposium), Croatia (World Saxophone Congress, Zagreb), Ireland (Cork School of Music), Germany (Hildesheim Audimax Theatre), UK (Bristol Victoria Rooms, Bridgwater Arts Centre), as well as Australia (MONA, Sydney's City Recital Hall, Art Gallery of NSW, Royal Easter Show Main Arena, Melbourne's Preston Town Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium Melba Hall, Adelaide's Univeristy Henze Room and Beamont House, Brisbane Conservatorium).
Her works have been commissioned and/or performed by artists and ensembles such as Preston Symphony Orchestra (Melbourne), Sydney Conservatorium Spanish Encounters Piano Symposium, Marquez Laundry Theatre, Company Australasian Saxophone Quartet, Collide Trio (Melbourne), Ensemble Muse (Sydney), Sydney Conservatorium Sax Orchestra, Marquez Laundry Theatre Company, flamenco ensembles Pena Flamenca and Arrebato and soloists saxophonist Joseph Lallo (AUS), pianist Elodie Sablier (France), flutist Alison Mitchell (UK/AUS), Kosmas Lapatas (Greece) as well as performing her own works as a soloist and in her ensemble, Ephemera. She is an Associate Artist with the Australian Music Centre, has four tunes in the Australian Jazz Realbook and writes music for independent films including short film "Remote Access" which won Best Short Film at the Imagine This Women's International Film Festival in New York 2019.
In addition, Wilkins is a versatile improvising flutist and pianist. With international classical training (Bristol University UK, Bath Spa University UK, Hildesheim University Germany, Sydney Conservatorium) she has branched into jazz, experimental live theatre, flamenco fusion and improvisation in a wide range of ensembles.
In 2019 she will perform her solo flute and solo piano compositions and improvisations at MONA Museum of Old and New Art and at the Australian Flute Festival (Sydney Consevavatorium) and Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference (Brisbane University).
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 and at Extended Play Festival of New Music at City Recital Hall in 2018. In 2017 Ephemera released their debut album Orbits and Riffs to critical acclaim. In the same year she presented her Keys Across the Sky solo piano album as a lecture/recital at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference held at Adelaide University and launched her flamenco and jazz-infused solo flute album, Air in Motion, at the Flute Tree Studio (Leichhardt).
Having completed her Master of Music Composition at Sydney Conservatorium in 2016 under the supervision of Professor Anne Boyd and Doctor Rosalind Page, she also studied composition with Sadie Harrison (Bath Spa University, UK), Jessica Wells and Martin Wesley-Smith (Sydney Conservatorium), classical piano with Jeanell Carrigan and Julie Adam, jazz piano with Oliver Gross (Hildesheim Univeristy, Germany) and flute performance with Nicholas Vallis Davis and Alison Mitchell including completing her MA Flute Performance at Bristol University (UK) in 2008 and BA Mus in 2003.