McKean leads or co-leads several bands, including the chamber jazz quartet Bristle, the African-trance ensemble Tumble, the saxophone quartet Goggle, the ecstatic sax/drums duo Pac and Seep, and the acoustic-electronics duo The Gargantius Effect.  He is a long-time member of Beaucoup Chapeaux, Ludi Hinrichs’ Chickenbonz, and appears regularly with the Jon Girton Trio, Lolo Gervais, the Earles of Newtown, and singer/songwriter Sands Hall.  McKean’s releases include the CDs Wild Horsey Ride, Tumble’s Music for Trio (Bandcamp), Bristle’s Future(s) Now(s) (Queen Bee) and Bulletproof (Edgetone), So Dig This Big Crux (Rastascan), the Great Circle Saxophone Quartet’s Child King Dictator Fool (New World), and the electronic releases Pac and Seep Live at Earthone (Bandcamp) and Gargantius Effect +1+2+3 (w/Han-earl Park, Gino Robair & Scott Looney).  He studied with trumpeter Paul Smoker and composers Anthony Braxton, David Rosenboom, and Maggi Payne.  He has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, and he and his family have called Grass Valley home since 2002. His radio show The Outpost aired on Nevada City’s KVMR from 2007 to 2012.

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