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Danny Keane

Danny Keane was born into a family of varied musical and artistic heritage spanning from Ballet to Irish Folk Music. Music was an everyday occurrence for him from an early age. At the age of 8 he started formal lessons on the cello, but for Danny, a single instrument wasn’t enough to explore the musical world around him. He started to teach himself the piano and the saxophone in order to acquire a greater understanding of the variety of ways music could be expressed. Through improvisation, Danny naturally turned to composing. He tackled songs, instrumental works, chamber music and eventually he began writing for orchestra. Improvising inevitably took him into Jazz and, whilst training as a classical musician, he instigated his own bands and projects. Using these he developed a deeper knowledge of music and other styles of composition.

Danny went on to study cello at Trinity College Of Music London where he gained a 1st Class Honours Degree and was awarded the Silver Medal for string studies. After graduating he spent many years as a classical soloist and chamber musician, but his love for Jazz never dwindled and he established himself as a pianist on the London Jazz scene.

With his varied skills, and ability to bridge the gap between genres, Danny ultimately established a reputation as a versatile musician who became much in demand as a performer, string arranger and orchestrator – notably for the Black Country artist Scott Matthews, Progressive Pop artist Bat For Lashes, and Trip Hop pioneers Lamb. However, it is not only in these roles that has he made his name. He has also enjoyed a career as a session musician, musical director, producer, and composer for film and radio. He has contributed to numerous recordings, which has taken him to studios as prestigious as Abbey Road.

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