Guitarist/Performer

Scott Keever is a solo guitarist, specializing in fingerpicking style and influenced by Celtic, Balkan and American folk music as well as classical and jazz.  As a soloist, he has opened up for Pat Donohue, and has performed at Celtic Junction, Chateau St. Croix, The Veranda Lounge, The Minnesota Centennial Showboat, and the Weisman Art Museum.

Scott studied guitar at the University of MN (Minneapolis), and Amala School of Romany Music and Culture (Valjevo, Serbia). Scott graduated with a B.A. in Music from the U of MN – School of Music, where he focused on Composition, under the guidance of Alex Lubet and Doug Geers.

In 2018, Scott released a new solo album “Solo Guitar: Vol. 1” featuring original guitar compositions, with a focus on his work with open tunings and both nylon and steel string guitars. Tracks from the album have been played throughout 2019 on KBEM 88.5FM (Minneapolis: www.jazz88.fm).

To hear Phil Nusbaum’s interview with Scott Keever:
Scott Keever Plays and Combines International Musical Traditions on Guitars
 
 

In addition to his solo performances, Scott plays guitar, tambura and percussion for Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI), an award-winning Twin Cities band that specializes in Balkan Dance Music.  Scott also plays guitar with The Sweet Colleens, a Celtic group from the Twin Cities influenced by Americana and rock, with Cajun and Caribbean seasonings. He appears on their new album “Ten Mona Lisas”, which is available online now.

Scott has been involved in numerous theatrical productions. He has been a music director for Brave New Workshop, and has worked with Comedy Suitcase Productions. He has appeared onstage for Troupe America Inc. productions “Ring of Fire: The Life of Johnny Cash” and “Country Roads: A John Denver Tribute”. He has also been featured in productions with Flying Foot Forum (“Alice in Wonderland”, “Heaven”) and Ethnic Dance Theater (“40th Anniversary Celebration”).

He has also performed as a guitarist for a number of Twin Cities ensembles, including: Cats Laughing (rock/folk), Pirates of Dreamtime (ambient/electronica), and The Dregs (Irish/comedy).

In 2013, Scott was a contributing performer on resophonic slide for Natalie Nowytski’s album “Amerikana”, alongside Jim Parker (Mother Banjo), Adam Kiesling and Peter Ostroushko.
 
 
Photos by Ben Zvan.