About Keenan Ahrends
Keenan Ahrends is a Johannesburg based Jazz Guitarist and Composer who started playing at the age of fifteen. After completing his jazz performance studies at the University of Cape Town and the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2009, Ahrends has been actively involved in performing ,composing and teaching. During his tertiary studies, he studied under the likes of Jon Eberson, Wayne Bosch, Eckhard Baur, Alvin Dyers, and Andrew Lilly.
Ahrends has collaborated with established musicians such as Louis Moholo, Feya Faku, Malcolm Braff, Andile Yenana, Carlo Mombelli, Afrika Mkhize, Herbie Tsoaeli Buddy Wells, Mark Fransman, Shane Cooper, Sony recording artist SOMI(USA), Salim Washington(USA) and Kevin Gibson amongst others.
Ahrends is a regular performer on the South African music scene.He has performed at various Jazz clubs all over South Africa ,and at various Jazz Clubs and festivals in Norway(2007/2008),Nigeria(2015) and Sweden(2006). Notable performances throughout his career in South Africa have been at the Joy of Jazz Festival(2006,2017), Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival (2006,2015,2016,2017), Cape Town International Jazz Festival in (2007,2015,2016,2017) and the Edge of Wrong Festival (2011,2012).
Ahrends has been commissioned to compose works for the Cape Town Goema Orchestra(2012,2013,2014) and regularly performs his compositions with his own Trio.
Ahrends released his debut album “Narrative” in February 2017
Keenan Ahrends Trio – Narrative (2017)
Benjamin Jeptha – The Evolution of an undefined (2017)
Zoe Modiga – Yellow the Novel (2017)
Tune Recreation Committee – Voice of our Vision (2017)
Sisonke Xonti – Iyonde (2017)
Nicholas Williams – Light and Dark (2016)
Bokani Dyer – World Music (2015)
Nomfundo Xaluva – From now on (2015)
Thandi Ntuli – The Offering (2014)
Lwanda Gogwana – Songbook Chapter 1 (2011)
Here We Go Again
Stories Behind Expression