May 2017 Newsletter

Merlyn Myer Composing Women's Commission,
Stonnington Jazz Festival w/ Sandy Evans &
Transient Tuesday continues @ Uptown with the premier of a *new* trio and some very special guests...

I am super excited to announce that I have been selected as the recipient of the Merlyn Myer Music Commission for 2017!!
This means I will be writing a new work for Australian champions of new music Ensemble Offspring, which will be premiered at the MRC Salon on November 28, 2017.
The prospect of this is, of course, both utterly thrilling and terrifying, but being well-accustomed to these roller coaster rides, I am looking forward to it immensely!!!

The Stonnington Jazz Festival is on this month in Melbourne and I have the great pleasure of being a special guest with the Sandy Evans trio.

Saturday 13th May 7:30 – 9:30pm
Sandy Evans Trio (Sydney) w/ special guest Andrea Keller
Sandy Evans saxophones, Brett Hirst double bass & Toby Hall drums w/ Andrea Keller piano
 
Stonnington Jazz Festival
Chapel off Chapel
12 Little Chapel Street Prahran
$30/25
More info

Transient Tuesday had a brilliant opening month @ Uptown Jazz Cafe. Thanks to all who joined us and filled the nights with warmth and humanity! I will be there every Tuesday night with various transients...
The line ups for May are:

Tuesday 2nd May 8:00pm
Transients w/
Christopher Hale bass guitar, James McLean drums & Andrea Keller piano
 
Tuesday 9th May 8:00pm
Transients w/
Stephen Magnusson guitar, James McLean drums & Andrea Keller piano

Tuesday 16th May 8:00pm
*NEW* Transients w/
Erkki Veltheim violin, Mick Meagher electric bass & Andrea Keller piano

Tuesday 23rd May 8:00pm
Transients w/
Christopher Hale bass guitar, James McLean drums & Andrea Keller piano w/ **special guest Scott Tinkler trumpet
 
Tuesday 30th May 8:00pm
Transients w/
Stephen Magnusson guitar, James McLean drums & Andrea Keller piano w/ **special guest James Macaulay trombone
 
Uptown Jazz Cafe
177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
$15/10
Doors open 8pm
Music from 8:30-10:30pm
www.uptownjazzcafe.com

 
Thanks for reading and supporting creative Australian music!

Warmest,
Andrea

April 2017 Newsletter

Transient Tuesday begins @ Uptown Jazz Cafe
The Black Arm Band in Sydney plus more...

The new look Transient Tuesday begins this week!
The line ups for April are:
Tuesday 4th April 8:00pm (music from 8:30-10:30pm)
Transients w/
Christopher Hale bass guitar, James McLean drums & Andrea Keller piano
 
Tuesday 11th April 8:00pm (music from 8:30-10:30pm)
Transients w/
Julien Wilson tenor saxophone, Sam Anning double bass & Andrea Keller piano w/ special guest Gian Slater voice

Tuesday 18th April 8:00pm (music from 8:30-10:30pm)
Transients w/
Stephen Magnusson guitar, James McLean drums & Andrea Keller piano
 
Tuesday 25th April 8:00pm (music from 8:30-10:30pm)
Transients w/
Stephen Magnusson guitar, James McLean drums & Andrea Keller piano w/ special guest James Macaulay trombone
 
Uptown Jazz Cafe
177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
$15/10
www.uptownjazzcafe.com

I'll also be at Uptown tonight and tomorrow night with the following bands:
Friday March 31 8:00pm
Paul Williamson Quintet
Paul Williamson trumpet, Jamie Oehlers tenor saxophone, Andrea Keller piano, Christopher Hale bass guitar & James McLean drums
 
Saturday April 1 8:00pm
Jamie Oehlers Quartet
Jamie Oehlers tenor saxophone, Andrea Keller piano, Christopher Hale bass guitar & Sam Bates drums
 
Uptown Jazz Café
177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
$20/15
www.uptownjazzcafe.com

Plus the Black Arm Band are heading to Sydney for a performance at Recital Hall 
Saturday 22nd April 7:30 – 9:30pm
Songs of the Black Arm Band

City Recital Hall
Angel Place, Sydney
https://www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/black-arm-band
 
Thanks for reading and supporting creative Australian music!

Warmest,
Andrea

March 2017 Newsletter

Clash of the Transients
Transient Tuesdays @ Uptown Jazz Cafe
& Piano Day!

I'm thrilled to tell you that 'Transient Tuesday' has found an interim home at Uptown Jazz Cafe!!
Beginning April 4, I will be upstairs at 177 Brunswick Street Fitzroy on Tuesday nights with more ensembles and collaborations, as well as the old ones.

For March, here are a couple of special events:

Saturday 11th March 8:00pm
Clash of the Transients!!
Julien Wilson, tenor saxophone, Stephen Magnusson guitar, Sam Anning double bass, James McLean drums & Andrea Keller piano
Three sets featuring firstly Andrea Keller in trio with Julien Wilson & Sam Anning, followed by trio with Stephen Magnusson & James McLean, culminating in the two trios joining forces to form a 'super' quintet!

Uptown Jazz Cafe
Upstairs 177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
$25/20
uptownjazzcafe.com

Wednesday 29th March 7:00pm
Piano Day
Six short sets of solo piano by six different piano players... Adam McMillan (ANAM), Berta Brozgul (ANAM), Donald High, Nat Bartsch, Luke Howard & Andrea Keller.
Presented in Melbourne by Luke Howard & Nat Bartsch, Piano Day is an International celebration of the instrument that happens on the 88th day of the year (there are 88 keys on the piano).

Alpha60 Chapter House
Level 2, 195 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Entry is by donation with all profits to Support Act, supporting Australian musicians in need.

Wishing you well!

Warmest,
Andrea

February 2017 Newsletter

Final Transient Tuesday @ Bennetts Lane
plus a Still Night taster...

It's been utterly brilliant to play at Bennetts Lane every Tuesday night since August with my rotating series of 'Transient' trios, but as we all knew, the day was nearing when Bennetts Lane (as we know it) would close its doors for the last time at 25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne.
The final night of music at the current venue is on Wednesday Feb 8, which means February 7 is the final Transient Tuesday! (If all goes to plan I'll be back at the new Bennetts Lane ((in Flinders Lane)) to continue the series when it opens mid-2017).

Tuesday 7th February 8:00pm
Transients III
Ben Robertson double bass, Lewis Pierre-Humbert drums & Andrea Keller piano

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club
25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne
$18/15
bennettslane.com
 
Still Night: Music in Poetry

Here is a taster taken from the premier performance at the MRC, Salon in November 2016.
I'm working on more performances around Australia this year and an album should be released before too long - watch this space!

Still Night Promo Video

Thanks for reading!

Warmest,
Andrea

The Komeda Project album out now!!

It's been a long time with no activity, but I'm proud to finally announce that the Komeda Project album is now available!!!!!!

In 2014/2015 Miroslav Bukovsky and I ran an octet called the Komeda Project - it was one of the best bands I've ever played in and written for - Jonathan ZwartzEvan Mannell, Ben Hauptmann, Erkki Veltheim, Andrew RobsonJames Greening and Miroslav Bukovsky. We recorded the music back then but all my attempts to secure funding to release it failed. Four years on, the music is still as great as ever so, I've self funded the final stages of the process and am proud to release it to the world! Available now through andreakeller.bandcamp.com & andreakellerpiano.com.au !!!

Five Below Live album out now!!

I'm excited to announce that Five Below (featuring Stephen Magnusson - guitar, Sam Anning - double bass, Mick Meagher - electric bass, James McLean  - drums & AK piano) has released its debut album 'Five Below Live' recorded live during our Jazzlab Monday night residency on December 11 & 18 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. 

Album available on the recordings page of this website, or through Bandcamp

https://andreakeller.bandcamp.com

Videos featuring a selection of the tracks accompanied by images by British artist Mark Rowan-Hull, and photographs taken by Commander Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station, can be found on the Listen page, or on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/AndreaKellerPiano

Performances to celebrate the release include:

Friday 20th July @ NGV Friday nights (Melbourne) & 
Monday 30th July @ The Jazzlab (Brunswick).
Details on the events page.

Still Night WINS the Bell Award!!!

I'm thrilled that Still Night: Music in Poetry (the album) has won the Australian Jazz Bell Award for best Australian Jazz Vocal Album 2018!! Sincerest thanks to the Australian Jazz Bell Awards, Albare Daddon, and the sponsors Tarra Warra Winery Estate.

My deepest gratitude to the musicians, Gian Slater, Vince Jones, Julien Wilson & Stephen Magnusson, whose musical brilliance brings the music to life, inspires me beyond measure, and allows me to dream big!!

Still Night nominated for a Bell Award!

I'm totally thrilled that my latest album 'Still Night: Music in Poetry' has been nominated for an Australian Jazz 'Bell' Award - Best Australian vocal jazz album 2018!!

The song cycle features vocalists Vince Jones & Gian Slater, alongside Stephen Magnusson (guitar), Julien Wilson (tenor saxophone & bass clarinet), and myself on piano.

Winners will be announced at a Gala dinner on 14th May at Bird's Basement.

Transient Tuesday to become Transient Thursday!

Transient Tuesdays @ Uptown Jazz Cafe (Fitzroy) continue in January 2018 with two Tuesdays - 16th Jan (Wilson/Anning/Keller), and 23rd Jan (Finch/Carter/Keller).

From February 1st 2018 Transients will no longer be playing on Tuesday nights, but will instead move to THURSDAY nights @ Uptown Jazz Cafe. Creating Transient Thursdays, or if you prefer Thransient Thursdays.

So, you will find me at Uptown Jazz Cafe every Thursday night in 2018 (beginning Feb 1) with various trios playing originals, standards and others with a plethora of amazing local and guest musicians!

Still Night: Music in Poetry **Album out now**

I'm thrilled to announce that Still Night: Music in Poetry, my 60minute song cycle based on omnipresent sentiments of death, grief & loss is out now on CD & digital. Follow links on the recordings page. Available from this site, Bandcamp, iTunes & Jazzhead.

Still Night: Music in Poetry features Vince Jones (voice), Gian Slater (voice), Julien Wilson (bass clarinet & tenor saxophone), Stephen Magnusson (guitar) & Andrea Keller (piano).