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The Komeda Project

Andrea Keller & Miroslav Bukovsky Octet (Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne)

The Komeda Project is: Erkki Veltheim – violin, Andrew Robson – saxophones, Miroslav Bukovsky – trumpet, James Greening – trombone, Ben Hauptmann guitar, Andrea Keller piano, Jonathan Zwartz double bass & Evan Mannell drums

Keller and Bukovsky, both of Czech heritage, have adapted a selection of Krzysztof Komeda’s music, taking both his jazz and film music as inspiration, including his pivotal jazz release ‘Astigmatic’ (1966), and film scores ‘The Verdict’ (1962), ‘Knife in the Water’ (1962), ‘Cul-de-sac’ (1966), ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ (1967), Le Depart (1967) and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ (1968).

Albums

  • 2017 Due for digital only release ‘The Komeda Project – Andrea Keller & Miroslav Bukovsky Octet’. Recorded in December 2014 for Gerry Koster’s former program ‘Jazz Up Late’ on ABC Classic FM/ABC Jazz

Performances

  • SIMA, Sydney (2015)
  • Stonnington Jazz Festival, Melbourne (2015)
  • Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival (2014)
  • Sydney International Women’s Festival (2014)
Krzysztof Komeda was dead at the age of 37. In that truncated life this Polish medical doctor had penned the scores for more than 40 films, including most of Roman Polanski’s up to and including Rosemary’s Baby. Simultaneously he was a jazz pianist who did more than anyone since Django Reinhardt to develop a variant of jazz that was overtly European in flavour.

The Komeda Project, jointly led by pianist Andrea Keller and trumpeter Miroslav Bukovsky, preserves and expands that legacy. The pair have concentrated on Komeda’s film music, arranging the material for an octet and often combining pieces into mini-suites.
— Review of the Komeda Project performance for SIMA, John Shand, June 14, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald
The pianist’s masterful arrangements often moved as swiftly as a film in fast motion, darting from woozily plodding rhythms to graceful dances or majestic horn-led crescendos. … an exhilarating evening of music, played with intense focus by an awe-inspiring group of musicians.
— Review of the Komeda Project performance at the MWIJF, Jessica Nicholas, December 12, 2014 theage.com.au
Extraordinary solos by an extraordinary band… Some themes leaned towards vaudeville, while others were wild and dark and others distilled a peculiarly European sweet melancholy.
— Review of the Komeda Project performance at the SIWJF, John Clare, November 11, 2014, www.sima.org.au/GigReviews