Alan Keary is an Irish multi instrumentalist and producer. Coming from a family with a strong musical tradition, Alan has been writing and producing music from the early age of fourteen. Now based in Manchester and performing under the alias Shunya, his sound is an amalgamation of influences ranging from his early childhood years of classical violin to the sounds of Manchester's nightlife which blend seamlessly in with his highly accomplished abilities as a jazz bass guitarist. His recent collaboration in DJ Yoda's & Breakfast of Champions live band has gained Keary a notable reputation playing the festival circuit across the UK. Alan is also cellist and bassist with Werkha. (Tru Thoughts, Brownswood Bubblers) who is currently performing across the UK and Europe with his debut album.
Shunya's debut E.P cites a range of influences and genres including complex beat formats similar to that of Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin and Bonobo combined with rich and layered vocal harmonies comparable to that of Eric Whitacre.
In 2012, Shunya's name saw a rapid increase in notoriety when his remix of Whitacre's 'Sleep' was recognised by the composer himself and was praised publicly by Whitacre via his own social networking sites. Upon his initial hearing of Shunya's remix, Whitacre was cited as saying: "Epic remix of 'Sleep' by Alan Keary, I can't get enough of this".
Shunya's self-titled release also features an intense and impressive appearance from GoGo Penguin drummer Rob Turner and session drummer Craig Hanson on the track 'The Beauty of Being the Void'. Singer Hayley Phillipa Williams is featured throughout the E.P and brings a haunting yet soulful feel to tracks such as 'The Elaborate Hoax', suggesting connotations reminiscent to the music of Kate Bush. Shunya continues to collaborate with various artists and musicians with a vision to combine everything into one boiling pot, defying the notion of 'genre'.
Shunya's live show is something of a removal from the studio. Instrumentation varies from one show to another and virtuosic solos fly above live beats similar to Snarky Puppy or Robert Glasper. Keary's violin playing explores the sounds of Indian classical music fused with his Irish folk music background while a healthy dose of John Coltrane-influenced sounds are clearly detectable. Shunya's live show appears in a variety of forms from an electronic duo, a DJ set, to a 12 piece ensemble.
"Shunya's music changes and evolves, adapting to different situations like it were alive." - Midnight Sounds
Hayley Williams - Vocals/percussion
Liviu Gheorghe- Rhodes Piano/Synths
Thomas Dibb- Guitar
Craig Hanson - Drums/ percussion