Kenna Burima
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Kenna Burima

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Songwriter, vocalist and keyboardist Kenna Burima lives and breathes music. Her current solo project features an amalgamation of all that she does; classical, cabaret, jazz, indie, garage, and metal. With the help of some of the best musicians in Calgary; jazz drummer Jon May, upright bassist Simon Fisk and guitarist Colin Mitchell, the quartet has been able to strike a balance between all the disparate elements, creating an engaging, surprising and somewhat unsettling show.

A graduate of the University of Calgary’s Music program, Kenna has immersed herself in the arts as a performer, broadcaster, administrator, curator and educator.

Her musical projects illustrate the diversity of her artistic process: the swooning orchestral-pop of Woodpigeon, the sweaty garage-rock of Beaver Squadron (formerly The Brenda Vaqueros), the garage pop power of The Pygmies, Doo-wop throwbacks The Pigeonettes & the Five-Step Program (featuring the vocal prowress of the Woodpigeon gals), and classical avante-garde duo Foon Yap and Kenna Burima.

Her most recent musical foray is an expression of her own artistic sensibilities. Performing her own material as a solo, trio or five-piece, Kenna Burima’s newest works use powerhouse vocals and heavy piano chords to explore the themes of love, faith, and alien abduction.

Kenna shares her love of music by hosting numerous eclectically programmed radio shows on CJSW 90.9 FM, including her current Wednesday morning 3 hour block “The Morning After” and is a contributor to CBC Radio 1 with her segment “Six Degrees of Musical Separation.”

She has been instrumental in shaping the programming of a variety of Calgary arts organizations. As the Rodeo Marshall and Grandstand Festival curator for One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo, Kenna developed a series of unpredictable collaborations with local artists, including producer for the End of the World Music Festival in 2012.

Not just satisfied to support the existing local musical scene, Kenna is also actively forming the next generation of independent musicians by operating a non-traditional music studio teaching the canon of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Arcade Fire to aspiring young songwriters.

She is currently recording a solo album in March of 2013.