Albums

Performing the distinctive compositions of pianist/composer Andrea Keller, the AKQ have released five highly acclaimed albums:

  • 2014 'Wave Rider' The Andrea Keller Quartet with strings (JazzHead)
  • 2009  'Galumphing ‘Round the Nation – The Collaborations Project' The Andrea Keller Quartet with guests. Includes works from their 2009 national Australian tour featuring renowned musicians Bernie McGann, Phil Slater, Stephen Magnusson, Miroslav Bukovsky, John Rodgers and Jamie Oehlers (JazzHead).
  • 2007 ‘Little Claps’ The Andrea Keller Quartet (Jazzhead)
  • 2004 ‘Angels and Rascals’ The Andrea Keller Quartet with guests. Includes works from a suite dedicated to Jann Rutherford, commissioned by the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival with funding from Arts Victoria (ABC Jazz)
  •  2001 ‘Thirteen Sketches’ The Andrea Keller Quintet (Newmarket Music)

Awards & Nominations

  • 2014: Winner of the Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Award for Best Australian Modern Jazz Album 'Wave Rider'.
  • 2014: Nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album 'Wave Rider'.
  • 2014: Nominated for the AIR Award for Best Independent Jazz Album 'Wave Rider'.
  • 2014: Nominated for the Age Music Victoria Genre Award for Best Jazz Album 'Wave Rider'.
  • 2012: Winner of the Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Award for Jazz ensemble of the Year.
  • 2011: Nominated for Jazz Ensemble of the Year at the Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards.
  • 2008: Winner of the Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Award for Best Contemporary jazz album ‘Little Claps’.
  • 2007: Nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album ‘Little Claps’.
  • 2005: Nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album ‘Angels and Rascals’.
  • 2002: Winner of the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album ‘Thirteen Sketches’.

Andrea Keller Quartet

The Andrea Keller Quartet is: Eugene Ball (trumpet), Ian Whitehurst (tenor saxophone), Joe Talia (drums and electronics) and Andrea Keller (piano).

Having emerged in 2003 from what was once ‘The Andrea Keller Quintet’ (formed in 1999), long time collaborators Ball, Whitehurst, Talia and Keller have been said to create music that is "a marker of just how good Australian jazz is” (Bev Stapleton 2006). Their bass-less line up of instruments has been a leading force in developing an intimate chamber music-like approach to the compositions and improvisations performed by the group. Although the ensemble’s repertoire and personnel are heavily influenced by and stem from the jazz tradition, each member also brings a wide array of experience from other genres, ranging from contemporary western art music through to electronica, all merging to create a strongly identifiable and unique sound.

National & International Performances

The AKQ perform regularly in Melbourne, and have presented concerts in the major cities in Australia on various occasions over the years, including a National Australian Tour in 2009. They have toured internationally on two occasions - 2014 & 2007.

Some performance highlights include:

  • Germany Tour in collaboration with the Christina Fuchs' Quartet. Performances in Dresden, Wuppertal, Berlin, Cologne, Luxembourg, Munich and Dusseldorf (2014)
  • ShepARTon Festival (2014)
  • Launch of 'Wave Rider' with string quartet at the Melbourne Recital Centre in the Salon (2013)
  • Premier of 'Meditations on Light'. Cross-cultural collaboration with the Christina Fuchs’ ‘No Tango Quartet’ (Germany) at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival (2012)
  • Performing new works with string quartet for the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative (December 2011)
  • Performing works from across their 12 year history at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival (October 2011)
  • Opening the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival at the MRC Salon with string quartet performing 'Place' (April 2011)
  • Opening for Charles Lloyd at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2010)
  • ANU Canberra – Commission and premier of new works, and performance of 'Place' (2010)
  • Four Winds Festival NSW - Commission and premier of 'Place' with Flinders Quartet (2010)
  • The Studio/Sydney Opera House with special guest Bernie McGann (2009)
  • Moers Festival (Germany) (2007)
  • Copenhagen Jazz House (Denmark) (2007)
This is totally original music; by that read no one else composes anything like this... Andrea Keller should be known throughout the jazz world, one can only hope that this album raises her international profile to where it should be.
— Review of 'Wave Rider' by Michael Prescott, jazzwisemagazine.com, March 31, 2014
An absolutely gorgeous and thrilling album.
— Review of 'Wave Rider by Bird Is the Worm, birdistheworm.com, January 23, 2014.
… The mind and sound-world of Andrea Keller, a place that is one of the most original – if not the most original – in Australian jazz.”

”It is only when one hears music this brave and fantastically new that one is hit – yes: an intake of breath, a stab of joy and a little shiver of fear – with the realisation that there are still new languages to be heard, new seas to cross. And it just reaffirms one’s faith in jazz, art and human courage that little sweet bit more.
— Review of 'Wave Rider by John Hardaker, australianjazz.net, November 27, 2013.
Keller’s latest album proves…that this ensemble is one of the most interesting and consistent in Australian jazz… Brilliant performances by one of this country’s most consistent and enduring ensembles… An embarrassment of riches, and thoroughly recommended.
— Review of ‘Galumphing Round the Nation’ by Aaron Searle, MCA Music Forum Magazine, Nov 2010-Jan 2011.
A prayer of thanks seems appropriate. The meeting thirteen years ago of 20 year olds Eugene Ball, Ian Whitehurst and Andrea Keller has grown into a musical congregation of faith that has fulfilled much hope and given us much to love
— Review of ‘Little Claps’ by Roger Mitchell, The Herald Sun, August 19, 2007.
Pianist Andrea Keller is a major talent on the thriving Australian scene... Apart from being an outstanding piano player, Keller has the gift for writing totally distinctive and engaging compositions. This recording stands as a marker of just how good Australian jazz is.
— Review of 'Angels and Rascals' by Bev Stapleton, AllAboutJazz.com, January, 2006.
Keller joins the more creative writers for this instrumentation worldwide.
— Review of ‘Thirteen Sketches’ by John Clare, MCA Music Forum, Oct-Nov, 2001.