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Una Keane

Alternative // Dublin

Úna Keane is a Composer & Producer from Dublin. Since the release of piano solo LP ‘As I Wake, Still I Dream’ in 2017, she’s been steadily building a following on the ambient, neoclassical scene. A classically trained pianist with a background in tech, she blends piano, electronics, movement & film. Her use of cyclical patterns and looped motifs produces music that mines deep whilst conjuring cinematic landscape. Recurring themes in her work link nature, music & science.

Sophomore instrumental album ‘In the Deep’ was released at the end of 2019 with shows at D-Light Studios in Dublin and SJQ in London. Lauren Murphy, reviewing for The Irish Times drew comparisons to the work of Ólafur Arnalds and Max Richter, citing her use of looped tracks and field recordings, while RTE 2FM's Dan Hegarty heralded it as a "stunning piece of work that will have you floating from tears to joy". Of her work over the past few years, Tony Clayton-Lea has named her "probably one of the best exponents of instrumental music that comes from a quiet, calm place". The album was recorded in an old Victorian Railway worker's cottage in Dublin 8 on her 100 year old Steck Baby grand Piano using a Tascam hand-held recorder.

At the end of 2020 she put out critically-acclaimed Live Album 'Collaborations' on her UKM label. Recorded at Dublin's Pepper Canister Church on March 5th 2020 (a week before lockdown), it features some very special guests: Stephen Shannon, Liam Ó'Maonlaí, Lōwli, Gareth Quinn Redmond & Ronán Conroy. Named Irish Album of the Year by Broadsheet.ie, it garnered a glowing 8.5/10 review from Hot Press and 4 stars from The Irish Times. It features work from her last 2 LPs, as well as some new work and in-the-flow improv. The concert was recorded, mixed and mastered by Adam KJ, and Úna & Adam co-produced. A Limited Edition Vinyl Pressing of ‘Collaborations’ is now available.

As for 2021 / 2022: She's been working from her home studio in Dublin on some solo, as well as on a couple of collaborative projects ; There's an EP of work for Piano + Electronics slated for release later this autumn, and a new studio album in the pipeline for 2022.

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"Entrancing" - Hot Press
"Consistently beautiful" - Tony Clayton-Lea
"An intriguing artistic statement" - The Sunday Times
"Go see / hear her strange, soothing genius" - Michael Smiley
"A testament to the wonderful mysteries of sound" - John Kelly
"A stunning piece of work that will have you floating from tears to joy" - Dan Hegarty, RTE 2FM
"A simultaneously thought-provoking and mesmerising listen" - Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times