SOLO SHOW: AD LIBITUM
Keyna Wilkins is a leading musician-composer who performs her own unique compositions and improvisations often with loop pedal and projections. She was one of three national finalists in the APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards for Individual Excellence 2018 and has studied and performed around the world. While classically trained, she has branched into jazz, flamenco, live theatre and has studied intuitive conceptual improvisation with Tibetan Buddhist musician Tenzin Cheogyal.
In her solo shows, Wilkins explores concept of Ad Libitum, stream-of-consciousness improvisations alongside her composed pieces, often using loop pedal and visual projections and inspired by astronomical phenomena. Her improvisations are spontaneous musical ideas inspired by her myriad of music experiences with the aim of synthesizing into one voice, creating emotional connection and attaining a meditative state. Stylistically broad, inspired by Miles Davis and Debussy in equal measure, her concerts will take you on a journey of impressionistic dream-like sequences alongside landscape depictions, existential philosophical quests alongside whimsical gestures.
She has been developing her solo show since 2017 and has since performed at Pheonix Central Park, MONA, Australian Flute Festival (Sydney Conservatorium), Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference (Adelaide University 2017 and University of Queensland 2019), Foundry 616, The Flute Tree Studio and Air BnB concerts around Sydney.
She has recorded two solo piano albums and one solo flute album. In 2017 Wilkins released Keys Across The Sky, a solo piano album of her compositions and improvisations inspired by jazz, flamenco and impressionism and in 2011 she released an entirely improvised album, Jazz Reverie. In 2017 Wilkins released Air In Motion, a flute album of her compositions and improvisations inspired by jazz, flamenco and impressionism. All of her flute and piano works are published by Wirripang and have been performed internationally.