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Sounds of the South Loop: Tim Keenan - Told by Drum Set
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 - 6:00 PM
Percussionist Tim Keenan’s showcases the drum set as a melodic, story-telling group of instruments. From playing with just his hands, to nimble foot work and precise use of sticks, mallets, and brushes, Tim creates an endless vocabulary filled with an array of sounds, utterances, melodies, and phrases. With his Sonic Stories project Tim offers short musical novellas each featuring an instrument or playing style – and told by drum set!

Originally from New York, Tim Keenan stopped in Washington, DC before bringing his drums to Chicago in 1991. His stylistic concentration is on Jazz, West African and Afro-Cuban music. When playing, his concentration is on the intention and spirit behind the music.

While recognizing his is an instrument of undefined pitch, he wishes to continuously play the melody, to tell a story true to the framework provided by the composition.It's this dedication to this art of the story, art of the melody which distinguishes the playing of Bonbonfera Tim Keenan.

While in DC, he studied drum set with Paul Edgar and the multi-directional Nasar Abadey. Crucial rhythmic and musical concepts were laid down during lessons and the many gigs Tim spent listening to Nasar. Through Nasar, Tim became part of Brazilian guitarist Ney Mello's world jazz trio and appears on Ney's well received "Voyages of Fire" album.

Since arriving in Chicago, Tim has received the Chicago Reader's Critic's Choice (23 February 1996) for his work with Composer & Tenor Saxophonist Dave Maddox in Lineage Duets, was the original drummer in Ken Vandermark's Steam, has performed with Fred Anderson, Bill Brimfield, Fareed Haque, Jim Baker and was a founding member of the Socratic Dialogue. He drummed for the Afro-Caribbean ensemble Pum Pum Sin Manteca, and makes important contributions toTrapeze,Bruce Mak's Trios and Quartets, and the Afro-Cuban folkloric drum ensemble Manteca O Folk Ensemble (MOFOE). He has appeared on the stages of clubs all over Chicago, including the Jazz Showcase, the Hot House, Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge, the Bop Shop and internationally at the Spirit Club in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa.

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