Applying thoughtful experimentation and collaboration, Drew Keeve expands the viola beyond traditional concert roles, finding new ways to integrate its sound into other genres. 99 Sq Ft, a collection of improvised tracks recorded in a self-built tiny home, demonstrates an early exploration of viola timbre and rhythm which inspires current projects. On stage, Drew performs both within the traditional concert music idiom and as a progressive string artist. He balances conservatory-informed playing with striking approaches including experimental tuning, groove-based improvisation, and live looping. Drew also performs regularly with a string quartet and in larger conventional ensembles in the Boston area. Notable performances include a live album with the Indigo Girls and international chamber music experience at the Alba Music Festival in Northern Italy.
Drew received his Bachelor’s of Music with Honors from the University of Colorado, as a Presidential Scholar and student of Erika Eckert. Summer festival participation includes the Florentia Consort, Karen Tuttle workshops at NYU, and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee as a student of Rictor Noren. As a supplement to his conservatory studies, Drew frequently collaborates and studies with Berklee string faculty, visiting artists, and Silkroad Ensemble Artists including Bruce Molsky, Rob Thomas, Mimi Rabson, Kaoru Watanabe, Edward Perez, Natalie Haas, and Hamilton de Holanda.