Alan Keary is a multi instrumentalist and producer, with a strong musical heritage, writing and producing music from the age of fourteen. Now based in Manchester and performing under the alias Shunya, his sound is an amalgamation of influences, ranging from his early musical background of classical violin to the sounds of Manchester’s electronic music scene which compliment his highly accomplished abilities as a jazz bassist. In early 2017, Shunya’s name saw a rapid increase in notoriety when his single Wonder N Wane was picked up by BBC radio.
Shunya’s self-titled release features appearances from GoGo Penguin drummer Rob Turner and session drummer Craig Hanson on the track ‘The Beauty of Being the Void’. Singer Hayley Phillipa Williams features throughout the E.P. The audience in Sepsiszentgyörgy already had a chance to see her perform with Werkha. Shunya continues to collaborate with various artists and musicians with a vision to combine everything into one boiling pot, defying the notion of ‘genre’.
Live performances display varying arrangements ranging from a duo to a 12 piece band. Virtuosic solos fly above live beats drawing similarities to the likes of Snarky Puppy or Robert Glasper. Keary features as violinist, bassist and vocalist whilst also delivering the texture and backbone of electronic beats loops and samples through Ableton.
15 September, 22:30 ► Main Square
16 September, 01:00 ► Tein Teahouse