Keith Burnstein is a New Orleans-based singer-songwriter, pianist, and film composer who pens timeless tunes. His is a new American songbook, one that draws as much from Tin Pan Alley as it does from modern geniuses like Jeff Tweedy, Amon Tobin, and Mose Allison. "The songs, while instantly familiar, remain very much their own creations" (Secret Sound Shop), "combining the bedroom intimacy of a singer-songwriter" (Seven Days VT) with the rich harmonic palette of jazz, electronic, and "world" music.
Originally a resident of NYC, Burnstein discovered and fell in love with New Orleans while touring with his former band, The Mumbles. He quickly picked up camp and moved to The Crescent City in 2010. Since then, Keith has "road-dogged it" with funk legends, The Headhunters, toured and collaborated with his friend, Kristin Diable, and released five records as a leader. The most recent LP, Things That Are Heavy Make Me Feel Light, was made through a generous grant from The Threadhead Foundation, and can be downloaded on this site and via all major digital retailers.
Since 2015, Keith has been composing music for film, radio, stage, and small screen. Recent projects include 2018's Emmy-winning documentary, Momentum Generation, Viola Lee's The Last Defense, and the NPR series, Tripod. In 2022, "KB" was commissioned by the University of Alabama and The Key West Contemporary Dance Ensemble to compose original music for a project that amplifies the voices of women incarcerated in the United States. As this goes to press in 2023, Keith is currently writing music for a forthcoming docuseries that will debut on HBO this spring.