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David Keane: Biography

David Keane
1943 - 2017
Region: Ontario

David Keane

DAVID KEANE was born in 1943 in Ohio and obtained the B.Sc., B.Mus., and M.Mus. degrees at Ohio State University. He immigrated to Canada in 1967 and is presently Professor of Theory and Composition at Queen's University, Kingston and Director of the Queen's University Electroacoustic Music Studios which he founded in 1970. He became a Canadian citizen in 1974.

Keane's compositions range from solo instrumental or vocal pieces to large works for orchestra, band, and chorus. His music is heard frequently in radio, television, stage drama, integrated media, and film productions, and he has written several operas which have had both television and stage productions. His music is also frequently performed in such international forums as Fylkingen (Stockhölm), Musica Verticale (Rome), EMAS (London), Future Art Festival (Tokyo), ISCM World Music Days (Amsterdam), Bourges Festival (France), and Electronic Music Plus Festival (New York) among many others. A large part of his work has been devoted to analog and digital electroacoustic music and concerning that subject he is the author of many articles and a widely respected book: Tape Music Compostion (London: Oxford University Press, 1980). Disc recordings are available on the Music Gallery Editions and Cambridge Street Records labels.

He has received awards for his work in France, England, the United States, and Canada. He has been the recipient of numerous commissions administered by the Ontario Arts Council and The Canada Council and has produced work for the National Film Board, the National Art Gallery of Canada, the CBC, the National Design Council, and the Ontario Science Centre. Outside Canada, Keane has received commissions from MAFILM (Budapest, Hungary), the Groupe de Musique Experimentale de Bourges (France), the National Endowment for the Arts (U.S.), and the Cuban Commission for UNESCO, among others.



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