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Mina Keohane
Jul.-Sept. 2022

Mina Keohane is a composer, instrumentalist, and vocalist. Her approach to music draws heavily from her exposure to many different styles, experiences and cultures throughout her life. She studied composition and voice at the Berklee College of Music, with her main influences being Charles Mingus, Maria Schneider, Gil Evans and Beethoven. In her personal work, Keohane strives to allow the music to organically inform her choices without adhering to any particular stylistic definitions or limitations. In her commercial work, she listens to the vision of her clients, and tries to realize and execute the vibe and feeling of each individual project to tell the story on an emotional level through music.

As a composer, she wrote and recorded soundtracks for the animated short “Claire and the Keys” and won best film score for her work on “A Drawing” at the Southampton International Film Festival and The Chilliwack Independent Film Festival. She also composes for commercials with clients that include McDonalds, Motorola, Delta Faucet Company, Kiwanis International, Nipsco and THOR RV. She has written arrangements for Convergence for Spirit and Place Festival as well as the theme songs for the Musical Family Tree Radio Hour and Big Joe on the Go.

As a performer, she can be found singing at her monthly residency at the Chatterbox Jazz Club every 3rd Tuesday of the month, as well as playing keyboards and accordion with Jeff Kelly & the Graveyard Shift, Sarah Grain & the Billions of Stars, Nashville-based recording artist Brandon Whyde, The Dopacetics, Hip-Hop Artist TJ Reynolds & the Freehand Orchestra, and her own band Mina & the Wondrous Flying Machine. She has had the opportunity and privilege of opening for many wonderful artists including Becca Stevens, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats, Blues Traveler, Dwight Yoakam, Esme Patterson & Robby Krieger.

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