Archive for July 16th, 2021

Keenan Meyer – The Alchemy of Living

TheAlchemyofLivingSouth African pianist and independent artist, Keenan Meyer, has recently released his debut track “Komani” featuring saxophonist Tshepo Tsotetsi. The track appears on his upcoming debut album titled The Alchemy of Living, a 12-track project, which features fellow artists Sthembiso Bhengu, Keorapetse Kolwane as well as talented South African jazz musician, Zoë Modiga. Impressively, the inimitable Grammy award-winning American producer, Qmillion, is behind the mixing and mastering of this musical offering.

Pianist and composer Keenan Meyer spent years attempting to reconcile a musical education largely centered on Western composers with an upbringing rooted in African traditions. As a scholar, he focused his research on the role of music in two moments in South African history—the fight against apartheid and the 2015 #FeesMustFall movement—and how it helped to drive societal change. On his debut album, The Alchemy of Living, he combines the tonal painting techniques of Impressionistic composers with the galvanizing influence of African musical activists to grapple with issues of identity, mental health, and spirituality—all while paying tribute to his heritage.

Stream his debut album on Apple Music.