Since the release of her first album in 2000, jazz pianist and composer Andrea Keller has established herself as an important contributor to Australian jazz and contemporary music. Dedicated to the performance and creation of contemporary, original jazz and improvised music, she has been described as having “one of Australia’s most consistently interesting musical minds” (Doug Spencer 2007).
Best known for leading the Andrea Keller Quartet and the Bartok Project, Keller has been a member of many contemporary jazz ensembles and duos. She was a founding member of the Bennetts Lane Big Band, and her performance calendar is increasingly marked by solo concert performances.
As a composer and arranger, Keller has received commissions from a broad spectrum of musicians, ensembles and organizations. She is a represented artist of the Australian Music Centre.
Keller's music has attracted high acclaim in Australia, winning her three Aria Awards, three Australian Jazz 'Bell' Awards, an Art Music Award, an MCA/Freedman Foundation Jazz Fellowship, and an Australia Council Fellowship.
“Her work is always lit brightly by the spark of originality.”
- Roger Mitchell, 2012.
"One of this country's most daring and fascinating composers, she produces work that bristles with surprises, a powerful blend of European lyricism with space and improvisation."
- Leon Gettler, 2005.
'Wave Rider' the 5th album release by the Andrea Keller Quartet. Released 2013 through Jazzhead
Winner of the Australian Jazz Bell Award for Best Australian Modern Jazz Album 2014.
Eugene Ball (trumpet), Ian Whitehurst (tenor saxophone), Andrea Keller (piano), Joe Talia (drums), Erkki Veltheim (violin), Helen Ayres (violin), Matt Laing (viola) and Zoe Knighton (cello).
Watch 'Illuminate' - footage of the making of 'Wave Rider' here.
'Wave Rider' features the work 'Meditations on Light' nominated for the Australian Jazz Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year 2014.
What they're saying about 'Wave Rider'
'Family Portraits' nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album 2013 and nominated for the Age Music Victoria Genre Awards Best Jazz Album 2013.
An interview with Andrea Keller by Roger Mitchell about 'Family Portraits' can be found here.
'Meditations on Light' named finalist at the ART Music Awards for 'Work of the Year: Jazz' 2013.
'Affectations' wins the Art Award for Jazz Work of the year (2012) - Composed by Keller as part of her two year Australia Council Fellowship program (2010-2012), the 20 minute, four part suite 'Affectations' for prepared big band wins Jazz Work of the Year at the 2012 Art Music Awards.
The Andrea Keller Quartet win the Australian Jazz Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz ensemble 2012
Debut CD from Keller's 'Three Lanes' trio available here and all good CD and digital stores.
Check out andreakeller.bandcamp.com for digital purchases. Stand-alone extended track 'Boy' available only through digital release. See andreakeller.bandcamp.com to purchase 'Boy' performed by Three Lanes with string quartet.
Friday 29th August 6pm
Mike Nock and Andrea Keller
In the Company of Pianos II
6-7pm (no interval)
Melbourne Recital Centre Salon
Saturday 6th September 9pm
Andrea Keller Quartet
Uptown Jazz Cafe
177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Monday 8th September 9pm
Bennetts Lane Jazz Club
Bennetts Lane, Melbourne