Tell us a little bit about yourself, your music-making, and your life.
My name is Keena and I play the cello. I’m from Honeoye Falls in the United States and I now live in Glasgow with my husband Gavin, and our rescue staffy, Missy Moo. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and am just finishing up my Master’s Degree in Performance at the RCS as well. I really enjoy playing music that tells stories and I enjoy playing in a diverse range of areas from trad to musicals to symphony orchestras. When I’m not doing something cello related, I will be doing something outside with my family whether it be hiking, biking, camping, skiing, or taking a nap outside on a rare sunny day.
What are your favourite things?
How did you first get into music?
I went to an ‘instrument petting zoo’ with my parents in a local park and was fixated on the cello the whole afternoon. After that I asked my parents everyday for a month if I could learn to play cello and then they gave in and I started lessons and that was it!
What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?
It’s never not been an important part of my life. It was something that when I played I could make people happy and smile so I went with it and I will always enjoy telling a story or putting a smile on someone’s face 🙂
What has been your Nevis Ensemble highlight so far?
Probably a popular answer, but performing on St. Kilda for sure!
A couple other that stick with me are performing at Edinburgh Prison for their Robert’s Burns celebration and performing at the care homes we have been to across Scotland.
What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
I enjoy all sorts of music. I grew up listening to Joe Bonamassa in the car with my dad, and Bach Cello Suites in the car with my mom. Current favorites are Julie Fowlis, Led Zepplin, Okra Playground, Apocalyptica, Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck, Keaton Henson, Maggie Rogers, Maggie McInnes, Kathleen MacInnes, Beth Hart, Niteworks, The Hasbens.. and probably some other’s I’ve temporarily forgot.
How would you describe Nevis Ensemble to someone else?
It’s an opportunity for people to hear music in everyday environments by musicians who are motivated to make music for people simply to experience the music as it happens.