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Owner and Proprietor

Hutchinson Music.

Hutchinson Music Publishing.

1986 

1986

1986-96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1988/90 

 

1987/88

1990/91

1993

1994

 

1994

1996

1982 1983 1983 1984 1987 1988 1988 1998 1990 1993 1996-99 1998

1999

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2010

2011-14

2011

2014

2006-14

2014-19

Keith's musical education started at the age of nine and his career spans several decades.  

A prolific composer across many different genres of music, ranging from full orchestral works for film, documentaries, theatre productions and big band arrangements, to television and radio station identity and advertisements.

Past: 

Lived and worked in Johannesburg, London, Bristol and Los Angeles.

Toured extensively across the world with various bands.

Present :

Based in Ireland, focused on Composition.

Key Occupations

Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Programmer and Producer.

Songwriter and Lyricist. 

Musical Director for Film, Theatre Productions and Live Shows.   

Creator of Library and Mood Music.

Performer:  Solo Artist, Band Member, Session Player.

Voice Over Artist.

Music Educator :  Theory, Scales, Performance, Harmony, Counterpoint, Technology.

External Examiner: The Wits School of Arts (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) :

3rd year Modern Composition and PhD Students.

Compositional Styles

A protean stylist who can move effortlessly from blues and ballads to rock-jazz-fusion and 

richly-textured orchestral works.

Personal Style 

Eclectic, Multi-genre, Cross-modal.

Film & TV : 

Thematic Orchestral;  Atmospheric;  Soulful;  Dramatic and Descriptive; Nuanced;  Evocative

of Emotional and Visual Imagery, from colours and abstract shapes to complex visual narratives.

Jazz-Fusion : 

Modal, Intellectual.

Blues-Rock :

Rhythmic and Controlled, incorporating Funk and Jazz.

Instruments

Multi-instrumentalist.

Piano; Keyboards;  Alto, Tenor and Soprano Saxophone;  Flute;  Clarinet;  Guitar;  Bass Guitar;  Orchestral  and Latin Percussion.  

 

Master in Electronic and Digital Music Technology, Electronic Instruments, Special Effects, Software and Digital Audio Equipment, Mixing and Mastering.

 

Performance

 

An experienced composer and session player across many different genres, displaying virtuosity and energy as a piano, keyboard and sax player.  Demonstrates dexterity and intuitive improvisation skills on-stage,  The intense, energetic, delivery style makes him a great solo performer and an asset in a band or orchestra.

Works

 

Composed, performed, produced, mixed and mastered :

33  Solo Album Projects. 

49  Collaboration Album Projects (Co-writer, Producer and Session Performer).

100+ Piano Pieces.

Original Scores for Corporate Videos, Live shows, Events and Ceremonies. 

Orchestrations for Theatre Productions and Live Performance. 

Q444 - Set of four Symphonic Tone Poems.  'Save the Earth' .

 

Scores, Arrangements, Parts and Sessions :

Over the course of his career, Keith has prepared hundreds of scores and parts and

performed live and as a session player in studios and with :

Johannesburg Festival Orchestra.

Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra.

JMI Orchestra, Eclectica.

 

Original music for Advertising Industry Clients :

Ogilvy & Mather.

Hunt Lascaris.

Lindsay Smithers.

Inter-Talent Voice Over Agent.

Band Touring Highlights

Joined the seminal cross-over band Johnny Clegg and Savuka and embarked on a decade-long, extensive international touring schedule to sell-out shows.

Performed at Amnesty International Human Rights Now.

Headline for the show in Abidjan at the Stade Houphouët-Boigny, Cote d’Ivoire .

 

Performed in the following countries:

Europe :

France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the United Kingdom. 

Performed at many Music Festivals including the Montreux Jazz Festival.

 

French Touring Highlights 1988 : 

Le Zenith, Paris:  14 consecutive shows to audiences in excess of 7 000.

Lyon :  audiences of 40 000.

Le Havre:  audiences of 110 000.

Far-East and Island Nations :

Japan, Fiji, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion, Mauritius, Seychelles and Island of Gorée (Senegal).

Undertook a number of successful tours of all the major cities in the USA and Canada :

East Coast :  Quebeck City to New Orleans.

West Coast:  Vancouver to Los Angeles 

Appeared on US, UK and European TV Music and Chat Shows : 

Saturday Night Live.

Sunday Night.

Carson Tonight Show.

Dave Letterman Show.

Collaboration on five albums with Johnny Clegg, for which the band received one Diamond, several Platinum and Gold discs internationally for :

Third World Child.

Shadowman.

Cruel Crazy Beautiful World.

Heat Dust and Dreams. 

In My African Dream.

Album Awards :

Biggest-selling International album in France.

Biggest-selling World Music album in France. 

GRAMMY Nomination :  Best World Music Album (Heat, Dust and Dreams).

Billboard Music Award :  Best World Music Album.  

Performed at the inauguration ceremony of President Nelson Mandela - South Africa. 

Conclusion of the journey with Johnny Clegg with a gruelling 37 cities / 37 show tour up and down the East and West Coasts of the USA. 

 

Key Credits

Film, Documentaries, Theatre Productions, Live Shows 

MD Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.

MD Fangs Musical.

Pianist on Evita Musical.

Pianist on Pippin Musical.

MD Artes Awards.

MD Artes Awards.

Film Score : Jock of the Bushveld.     BEST FILM MUSIC AWARD

MD-The Spar Fireworks Extravaganza, Sun City.

Amnesty International, Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Heat, Dust & Dreams.  GRAMMY NOMINATION

TV SABC 3 : Station ID, Theme, Stings, Promo Variations.

TV Astra Plus & Sport : Station ID, Theme, Stings, Promo Variations.

MD and Composer Miss South Africa : African Fantasy. (Ann Williams).

Interpretations Orchestral Show. Orchestrations and Production.

Film Score : ESPU with Oscar Nominated Producer, Paul Raleigh.

Film Score : Forging a Nation, Tracy Kirschoffer.

Film Score : Shadows on the Land, Duncan McNiellie.

Film Score : E.S.P.U.- Discovery Channel USA / TV 13 Part series.

MD and Composer, Arranger and Producer: : Fusion - Bollywood Extravaganza

with Director & Choreographer Tyrone Watkins.

Film Score : Chimfunshi for Emmy Winner Michael Rosenberg.

Composer, Musical Director, Live music producer. :

2010 FIFA World Cup Presentation in Berlin and Cologne. Germany 'Africa is Calling.' with choreographer Tyrone Watkins.

Composer, Orchestrator and Producer :  

Q444 - Save the Earth.  Quadrilogy of Theatrical Symphonic Tone Poems.

Film Score : Bitter Water Marah.  KANNA AWARD & BEST FILM APPLLO AWARD

Film Score : Jock The Hero Dog - The Animation feat: Bryan Adams as Jock.

Contributions to Bryan's feature song 'Way-Oh' included recording the fantastic African Voices & Percussion in Johannesburg.

UK Documentary : Helping Rhinos - Director : Simon Jones.

Co-Arranger, Piano and 1st Keyboards for the TV show :             

Strictly Come Dancing - South Africa.

During the various runs of the show, Keith orchestrated and arranged approximately 250 pieces of music for the nine-piece band in various genres of dance music, ranging from Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Salsa, Paso Doble and Jive to Show dances and Theatre Arts.  Every week he completed the orchestrations, arrangements and last minute edits, prepared all the parts, learned his own parts and then performed all the first keyboard parts during one rehearsal and the live TV show on Saturday nights.

Established Cedar Lakes Music School and provided musical education, training and preparation for graded Royal School of Music, Trinity Music and Rockschool Music Exams to thirty Expat students from across the world. 

Education

Trinity College of Music    London

Royal Schools of Music  London

Rockschool LRSL - SA

London

Richard Cherry            Private Tutor - SA

Walter Piston     
Autodidactic Studies

Berklee College of Music  Boston USA

G7 Piano, Theory & Performance.

G8 Piano, Theory & Performance.

Teaching Level 6 (Dist.) = BA Music. 

Composition, Harmony, Counterpoint, Figured Bass.

Composition, Instrumentation, Orchestration.

Big Band Arranging.

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