Thanks APRA/AMCOS & AMC

I seem to be on a lucky streak...

On the 25th July I was flown up to Sydney to receive an APRA Professional Development Award in the Jazz Category. The prize includes $15,000 for professional development - I can't wait to start my new project/research/learning! (Updates coming as they occur...)

On the 22nd of August I was again flown up to Sydney, this time because I was nominated for two Art Music Awards (Still Night for Jazz Work of the Year, and me for Excellence in Jazz). The event was staged at City Recital Hall, Angel Place, and I had the opportunity to play one of my pieces with two of my all time favourite musicians, Gian Slater (voice) & Shannon Barnett (trombone) (as well as fill in with Ten Part Invention for their sound check). I was fortunate to bring home the Award for Excellence in Jazz!!

A huge thank you to APRA/AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre for their ongoing support, encouragement and enthusiasm for Australian musicians.

Jazzlab Residency

I'm super excited to announce that beginning Monday June 12, 2017 you will find me at Michael Tortoni's new venue 'The Jazzlab' (27 Leslie Street Brunswick). I will be curating Monday nights on an ongoing basis, presenting new projects, including the Composer's Circle (a big/small band comprising leading composer/performer/improvisers), new collaborations, including Masters & Apprentices, and a special guest each month. Check The Jazzlab website for program details, or the events guide on my website.

Awards are always a pleasant surprise!

I've been very fortunate - recently I was awarded the Merlyn Myer Composing Women's Commission for 2017. I will be writing a work based on the the thoughts of Rainer Maria Rilker in 'Letters to a Young Poet'. 'Love in Solitude' will be composed for Ensemble Offspring with the wonderful Jem Savage doing sound design, and will premier at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon on November 28, 2017. More info here.

The album 'Consider This' that Tim Wilson & I released last year has just won the Australian Jazz 'Bell' Award for Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album! You can check out the album here.

'Travellers' by Keller/Murphy/Browne has just received a nomination for Best Independent Jazz Album at the 2017 AIR Awards. You can check out the album here.

Transients new residency at Uptown!!

I am excited to say Transient Tuesday has found a new home at Uptown Jazz Cafe (177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy).

Beginning Tuesday April 4, 2017, you will find me there every Tuesday night with the various trios, plus a host of special guests and the unveiling of a new trio with electric bassist Mick Meagher and violinist Erkki Veltheim.

Please refer to my events page for details on weekly performers.

Doors open 8pm. Music 8:30-10:30. Tickets $15/10

Transients update

It has been a wonderful thing to develop these five trios throughout the ongoing 'Transient Tuesday' Bennetts Lane residency, which began on August 2, 2016. This Tuesday 7th February 2017 will be the final one sadly, due to the expected closure of Bennetts Lane. However, the residency will resume when the new Bennetts Lane opens (in Flinders Lane). Date tbc.

In the meantime, following on from the success of the Transients I collaboration with Gian Slater, there will be a 'Clash of the Transients' at Uptown Jazz Cafe March 11, featuring sets by Transients I & V both individually, and then as a quintet! Stephen Magnusson, Julien Wilson, Sam Anning, James McLean, and I will be combining forces!!

Still Night: Music In Poetry

Following on from the debut of 'Still Night: Music in Poetry' at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon on November 25, 2016 - Here is a taster of the music and incredible band!

Featuring:
Vince Jones (voice)
Gian Slater (voice)
Julien Wilson (tenor saxophone & bass clarinet)
Stephen Magnusson (guitar)
Andrea Keller (piano)

Compositions & arrangements by Andrea Keller 2016

Still Night promo video

Devised and led by Andrea Keller Still Night: Music in Poetry centres around a 60-minute song cycle composed by Keller (2016).

Orchestrated for five improvising jazz musicians, including male & female voice, the songs of Still Night draw their text from a selection of poetry that spans centuries and the globe, connected by omnipresent sentiments concerning death, grief and loss. 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

 

Andrea Keller/Tim Wilson New CD

Andrea Keller & Tim Wilson proudly announce the release of their new cd ‘Consider This’.  

Recorded live at Bennetts Lane in 2015, it features 7 original compositions, captured in all their raw beauty.  Here’s some video footage from the night of the recording: https://youtu.be/tNsOL0PVABQ

‘Consider This’ is available through Bandcamp (https://twakduo.bandcamp.com/) and will be officially launched at Uptown Jazz Café on Sunday, July 3 (Presented by the Melbourne Jazz Co-op).  Bassist Chris Hale will be joining the duo for the 2nd set.

The project was conceived in 2007 from a mutual respect and love for open, interactive music making, and a desire to create and explore original compositions and improvisations in an intimate duo format.

Having first met when they were both studying at Victorian College of the Arts, Tim and Andrea have been performing together for over 2 decades, in ensembles such as the Paul Williamson Sextet and the Bennetts Lane Big Band.

 

Farewell AKQ

After 17 years of running the AKQ, I am saying farewell to this project with a final performance on Friday May 13 at Uptown Jazz Cafe, Melbourne.

The timing coincides with Joe's relocation to Japan. Although the band has had several personnel changes throughout its history, the line up with Joe has remained constant for the past 11 years. 

The band has achieved beyond my expectations and has formed me in so many ways. Our final gig will be a celebration of all that, with a limited edition 'AKQ Greatest Hits' CD available on the night, through iTunes, and through this website (Recordings tab). The album draws from the bands five CD releases. Limited pressing of 100 discs.

Thirteen Sketches (2001)
Angels & Rascals (2004)
Little Claps (2007)
Galumphing ‘Round the Nation (2010)
Wave Rider (2013)

Transients

January sees the premier of 'Transients', a series of trios assembled by Andrea Keller, inspired by the philosophy and legacy of much loved and respected mentor Allan Browne. Based on a collective approach, the music strives for human connection and meaningful dialogue. The trios perform compositions by all members, free improvisations and a few standards as well.

Transients I - Jan 13 @ Bennetts Lane Jazz Club with Julien Wilson bass clarinet/tenor saxophone & Sam Anning double bass.

Transients II - Jan 22 @ Lido Jazz Room with Christopher Hale bass & James McLean drums

Transients III - Feb 20 @ Uptown Jazz Cafe with Ben Robertson bass & Lewis Pierre-Humbert drums