My sound story

This page contains all of the recorded music I've ever released, telling the story of where I came from and where I am today.

Each recording is an important piece of a puzzle, a fragment that attempted to meet the needs I had at that time.

 I am grateful to you being here because it meets my need to feel heard. Thank you for being here. 

I hope you can find in this music what you need in this moment. 

Quilting for Caroline (Ongoing)

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These are the foundational music tracks for Quilting for Caroline. You are welcome to download them and empathize with them. 

In order to meet the need to feel that this project is pure and that it's value is not diminished by ascribing dollar signs to it, it is given to you for free.  

If you want to express your gratitude to me for creating this music, you can participate in this project by going to "be part of the story", buy on a PWYC basis, or visit my Patreon.

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    Quilting - Foundation Track

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Trouble Changing (2020)

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An album dedicated to all those who struggle with change.

This album is a fundraising album, and is PWYC above 9.99. All of the proceeds from this album go to support Black Lives Matter Toronto. At time of this release, George Floyd had just been murdered, and the world was responding in need of empathy. Of all the things I can think of, I think what needs to change most are our relations to each other, as people. I hope to help that in the small way that I can, through music.

Thank you to all of my friends (Lila, Leh, Richard, Manar, Diana, Veda, Corey, Sheldon, Maria, Caroline, Justin, Colin, Ella, Elli, Eva, Kathryn, Wendy, Abhi, Lucas, Caleb, Shannon, and Jessica) who sang with me on the first track. By adding your voice you met my need to be heard and empathized with.

The album is in two parts - the first, a song, the second, a 60-minute piano improvisation that was subsequently edited.

Mastering was done at Sterling Sound by Greg Calbi.

I give my deepest gratitude to all those in my life who have encouraged me to grow, especially Veda. I love you.

For all of you who still find it difficult to change, I hope you find empathy, peace, and love in this album.

Keenan

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Opening, Part One (2020)

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The first part of an album of improvised piano music I did at home on my Steinway during the Covid pandemic. Soft, introspective music.

I cannot express enough thanks my Patrons on Patreon who supported this album. Thank you also to the people who have inspired me to pursue improvisation - Keith Jarrett, Jacob Collier, Brad Meldhau, as well as my mentors Glenn Buhr, Linda Catlin-Smith, and Kathryn Ladano.

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Opening, Part Two (2020)

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The second part of an album of improvised piano music I did at home on my Steinway during the Covid pandemic. Rhythmic, fun and jazzy times for you, right here.

Huge thanks to my patrons on Patreon for supporting this album. Also, I cannot express enough thanks to the people who have inspired me to pursue improvisation - Keith Jarrett, Jacob Collier, Brad Meldhau, as well as my mentors Glenn Buhr, Linda Catlin-Smith, and Kathryn Ladano.

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finding my, voice (2019)

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a small EP about finding my voice - as someone who was mainly an instrumentalist for the first 25 years of my life, it feels good to sing. all of the lyrics were improvised and from these small fragments came songs.

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    letting light in through my cracks

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    the light above keeps me

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    tell me all i will do, but loved

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    a song for you

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    thoughts for my brother

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Variations for the 21st Century (2019)

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Here's a playlist of myself, playing these variations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFQNbdKSYB8&list=PLIxmtaLBwZwSY2-Q2u3bHUO1NNIUu4IdR

Structurally, it's based on the Goldberg Variations, by J.S. Bach. Musically, it steals from a few different people, and I won't tell you who.

Thank you Ralph Elsaesser, whose love of music and philanthropy continue to inspire me. This album is dedicated in memory of you.

You can hear Ralph playing Bach here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmAFRNVJ2t8

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