Pat Keen is a songwriter, bassist and multi-instrumentalist living in Minneapolis, MN. Read more about him here.
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In 2015, Pat began his self-titled project. Grounded in folk and hinting at an underlying pop-sensibility, his sound comfortably volleys between quiet, tender moments and technical bravado. He continues to put out solo work amidst studio and performance commitments in the Minneapolis area and across the US.
As a player, Pat brings his roots in experimental jazz across genres, challenging folk narratives and reshaping traditional instrumentation. Pat’s improvisational influence and extended techniques shine through his ensemble work, finding comfort in mixed meters, sophisticated harmonies and inventive instrumental manipulation. Regardless of what he’s doing, Keen exudes a contagious enthusiasm and warmth when performing on stage.
Pat performs, records, composes and arranges in jazz, experimental rock, folk and indie settings. Having earned his bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Pat has studied with artists spanning a diverse spectrum such as Dave Holland, Cecil McBee, Joe Morris, Richard Davis, John McNeil, Don Palma, John Lockwood, Bob Nieske, Dominque Eade, Chris Weisman, Terry Burns, Jeremy Boettcher and Jon Sunde.
Increasingly sought after for his upright and electric bass expertise, Pat has performed and recorded with Humbird, Wei Zhongle, Dean Granros (58 Belvedere), Guerrilla Toss, IAN SWEET, Phil Cook, Ryan Power, JE Sunde, P-PL, Michael Richard Klics, Adelyn Rose, Hemma, Rivers, Undlin & Wolfe, Shane Leonard, Ben Lester, Brian Joseph, Dave Vettraino, Rob Jacobs, Phil Sudderberg, John McCowen, Dave Power, Her Crooked Heart, Moon Ruin, Jake Baldwin, Noah Ophoven Baldwin, Sam Lisabeth, Billy McShane, Alec Watson, Ethan Parcell and others.
He’s toured venues and festivals across North America and Europe including Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis), Constellation (Chicago), The Smell (LA), Union Pool (NYC), Shokoladen (Berlin), Eaux Claires (WI), State X New Forms (Netherlands), Mem (Spain), Waking Windows (VT), , Northside (NYC), Hopscotch (NC), Flourish (New Brunswick), Groundswell (MN), KAXE River Fest (MN), Fest Du Nord (MN) and the MN State Fair.
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