Coming November 13th, 2016
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The Northern Virginia Ragtime Society
Falls Church, VA 22040-6138
About the Artist
Max Keenlyside is a dazzling pianist and formidable composer in the music world. Born in 1991 and starting in music at the age of ten, he has written and performed music in ragtime, stride, and classical styles, gaining a reputation as a top young artist in his field.
In 2009, Max represented Prince Edward Island in the National Artist’s Program, held in the conjunction with the Canada Games. A favorite at jazz and ragtime events around the world, he has headlined at major festivals across North America including the Scott Joplin, West Coast Ragtime, and Blind Boone festivals. While equally at home in ragtime and classical styles, he is especially lauded for his stride and traditional jazz styles of Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and James P. Johnson. Max plays with a stylistic flair and ear for detail.
Having composed since elementary school, Max has gained critical acclaim for works in many genres. He wrote concert band processional music for his own high school graduation and his “Northern Lights Rag” has become a fixture on the ragtime scene. In 2014, Max completed his Symphony No 1, Op 27 for orchestra – a 35 minute work in the grand tradition.
In addition to festivals, Max has given a program for a live audience on CBC Radio. His debut release, KeenlyStride, was issued in 2010 on the Rivermont label. This was followed by Mostly Max in 2012, featuring a plethora of Max’s original composition alongside the old classics. Max performs around North America, and is completing his undergraduate studies at Mount Allison University.
For more information about Max Keenlyside, visit his website: http://www.maxkeenlyside.ca