Mario Keeffe Music
Mario is a multi-instrumentalist, and composer with a wealth of experience, from orchestral, chamber music to rock, soul, and jazz/funk fusion. As a classical guitarist he is qualified up to ATCL level studying with Carlos Bonell, Oliver Hunt, Paul Gregory and Amanda Cook. He has worked/performed with the well known TV composer, Dave Ferguson and his band Random Hold, Pete Phipps, (XTC and Eurhythmics), David Rhodes (Peter Gabriel) Clif Brigden (Thomas Dolby) world famous classical guitarists Carlos Bonell and Paul Gregory, and jazz musician Rod Paton.
Over a ten year period Mario recorded 4 albums and two singles on independent labels, including sessions played on Capital Radio whilst playing with the bands The Dials, The Mets (http://www.punkbrighton.co.uk/mets.html),The Boy Pilots of Bankok, and Punter Award winning Perfect way. He has shared the stage with bands such as Random Hold, The Ruts and the Comsat Angels, including performances at prestigious London venues such as The Marquee, The Rock Garden and the Fridge in Brixton. Whilst touring he has played around 1000 live concerts, composing original material in collaboration with songwriters Nick Szczecpanik, David Adelman and Rich Sims.
Mario has also written works for orchestra and chamber ensembles, including works for guitar orchestra. As a member of New Music Brighton, Mario composed and performed work for piano guitar and saxophone and guitar quartet. As a classical player, as well as solo performance, Mario was a member of and composer for The Brighton Guitar Orchestra, and the Music box guitar quartet with whom he toured throughout the UK, including performances with the Romanian Violinist Baz Staunescu. He was for a while the musical director of The Mid Sussex Youth Theatre, composing and performing music in their productions of Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle and a Wild West version of The Good Woman of Sechuan. More recently, his structured improvisational work "Rainstorm", was performed at The University of Chichester in collaboration with jazz players Rod Paton, and Nigel Rippon.
Mario has completed a foundation degree in media composition at Northbrook College in Worthing, and holds a certificate in media composition from Thinkspace Education. He has also received classical training at the Universities of Chichester and Sussex and studied 20th century composition methods with Helen Lohmueller. He is now completing a master's degree in Film and TV music at Kingston University.
Mario has recently completed a series of commissions with London-based Tuesday Films for the Homestart Charity. He is also collaborating on a film and music project with the writer and composer Nick Szczepanik and well-known children's author and playwright Paul Hoffman