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)