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Wayne Kelso

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Jan 15, 2024

Debuting successfully at the Stratford Festival in 2022, '
1939,' co-written by Jani Lauzon and Kaitlyn Riordan, continues its run at YES Theatre in Sudbury, Ontario, from March 15 - 31st. Wayne, delighted to be invited back, contributes his artistry as composer/sound designer. Stay tuned for updates on additional venues in 2024!

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Sept 1, 2023

Wayne is travelling to Victoria in Sept as composer/sound designer on Kat Sandler's wonderful play Yaga. Details at The Belfry Theatre.
Runs from Sept 12th till Oct 8th.

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April 29, 2023

Wayne has been invited to return for his 3rd season at the Stratford Festival for director Antoni Cimolino's english language world premiere of Grand Magic. Details at Grand Magic
Runs from May 5 till Sept 29th.

March 13, 2023

World Premiere film release of 1939 today.
Very proud of everyone involved!
Details at
Stratford@home

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April 16, 2022

Wayne has been invited to return to Stratford this season as composer/sound designer for the world premiere of Jani Lauzon / Kaitlyn Riordan's play 1939. Previews start in late August. Runs from August 23rd till October 29th.




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Feb 11, 2022

This is Wayne's latest release of jazz piano standards!



Listen on Apple Music

Bio


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Wayne Kelso has spent the last thirty years performing, composing and producing. He has toured throughout North America with a diverse group of performers, including José Feliciano, Jimmy Rankin, Michael Burgess, Kim Stockwood, Dianne Heatherington, and Billy Newton-Davis.

Wayne, an accomplished composer and sound designer, has composed music for various theatrical productions, spanning both the realms of radio broadcasts at CBC and live theatre. Notably, next year will see him enter his fourth season of involvement with the
Stratford Festival. One of his standout achievements was the Dora award nomination in 2005 for his remarkable score in Factory Theatre's 'The Leisure Society' production..

Wayne is keenly interested in the relationship of visual imagery and music. He has spent the last seventeen years developing a real time software animation engine that explores the possibilities of this new form of artistic expression.

A complete list of credits can be found
here.

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Selected Compositional Works for Live Theatre

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Selected Works as Music Producer / Arranger

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Find Me - written/performed by Jennifer McIntosh
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Come Back This Way - written/performed by Ryan Van Belleghem
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I Don't See You At All - written/performed by The Tone Crooks
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Angel Eyes - written by Gord MacBain feat. Jason Simmons
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Till You're Mine - written by Gord MacBain feat. Jason Simmons
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All Over You - written by Gord MacBain feat. Laura Lynn Mergel
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King of Hearts - written by Gord MacBain feat. Neil Donell
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The Joke - written by Brandi Carlile. Performed by Missy Jacobson
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Watch - Solo/Trio Jazz Piano


Photography

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Transcriptions


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A complete transcription of Wayne Kelso's solo piano recording of Jimi Hendrix's classic song 'Little Wing'.
  • 9 pages
  • Level: Advanced
  • Format: pdf
  • File Size: 218K
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Visual Music


Wayne has always been a keen student of the symbiotic relationship between music and light. As a young boy, he was fascinated by the piano players who performed live to silent pictures. He wondered if it would be possible to invert that relationship by empowering the pianist to somehow paint onto the screen the visual imagery that musicians hold in their mind's eye.

In 1995, Wayne began his journey. Completely self taught, he immersed himself in various computer programming languages and 3D animation theory and set out to build a real time software animation engine uniquely suited to his own musical and visual sensibilities.

The work has evolved over the years alongside of the technological advancements of 3D graphics hardware. Wayne is currently experimenting with a new musical deep learning / neural net interface that shows promising results….stay tuned!
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