South Africa & University of Pretoria, 2018
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Keenan Meyer is a classically trained pianist, composer and scholar. From attending concerts produced in his hometown of Bosmont as a young boy, to graduating from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Music Degree in 2018, Meyer has had a lifelong relationship with music. His study of Impressionistic composers such as Ravel and Debussy combined with the melodic elegance of the Romantic style in Rachmaninoff’s music among others, undeniably influenced his performance style and the composition of his own music. An equally important influence is Meyer’s research on music in South Africa. As part of his Honours degree, he produced a dissertation that examined the role of music in two significant periods of South African history: the fight against apartheid, and the FeesMustFall movement. He gained a deeper understanding of music’s ability to galvanise human consciousness, a central theme in his upcoming debut body of work, The Alchemy of Living. Meyer also developed a deeper connection to South African Jazz and Jazz icons specifically the tonal palette and spirituality of Abdullah Ibrahim’s music. This background and experience has shaped Meyer’s career and creative output. His debut album is a deeply personal snapshot of Meyer’s journey thus far. It pays tribute to the music he grew up listening to, his travels around Asia and South America, South Africa’s musical traditions and ancestry, and the composers he has studied and loves.