Andrea Keller

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Biography

Andrea Keller BIO Pianist and composer Melbourne, Australia

Dedicated to the performance and creation of contemporary, original jazz and improvised music, Andrea Keller has been described as having “one of Australia’s most consistently interesting musical minds” (Doug Spencer 2007).

During Keller's professional career, she has led numerous projects as a pianist, whose focus has been to perform her original compositions and arrangements, most notably The Andrea Keller Quartet, The Bartok Project, The Wayne Shorter Project, The Komeda Project, From Ether, and Three Lanes. She was a co-founding member of the original Bennetts Lane Big Band (2001-2013), and has released twelve albums as leader/collaborator.

The diversity of Keller’s approach to music has seen her perform in settings ranging from big band to solo, and has placed her on stage with artists such as Eddie Perfect, Genevieve Lacey, John Surman (UK), the Black Arm Band, Bernie McGann, the Australian Art Orchestra, Sandy Evans, Flinders Quartet, Allan Browne, Ten Part Invention, Phil Slater, The Song Company, Mike Nock, Gian Slater, Barney McAll, James Crabb, and more.

With a growing body of work traversing styles, Keller has been invited to compose and arrange music for The Song Company, Marshall McGuire, Zephyr Quartet, The Black Arm Band, Genevieve Lacey & James Crabb Duo, ‘Poetica’ ABC Radio National, Genevieve Lacey, Four Winds Festival, ANU Canberra, Claire Edwardes, Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival, Seraphim Trio, Ten Part Invention, Royal Children’s Hospital, Mike Nock, and the Australian Art Orchestra.

Upon graduation from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1996, Keller became an active educator in Melbourne’s tertiary jazz & improvisation departments, including the Faculty of the VCA and MCM University of Melbourne, Monash University and Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT). She has been invited to give workshops at tertiary institutions around Australia, and was integral in the annual jazz/improvisation workshops ‘Girls Do Jazz’, presented by the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival (2000-2007).

Lauded for her music, Keller has received three ARIA Awards, four Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards, an Art Music Award, and fellowships from the MCA/Freedman Foundation and the Australia Council. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Improvisation (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts (2001) and a Master of Arts (Research) from Queensland University of Technology (2011).


“Her work is always lit brightly by the spark of originality.”
Roger Mitchell, 2012.

"One of this country's most daring and fascinating composers, she
produces work that bristles with surprises, a powerful blend of European
lyricism with space and improvisation."
Leon Gettler, 2005.

www.andreakellerpiano.com.au

Selected Discography:

Three Lanes
Andrea Keller’s ‘Three Lanes’ (2011)

Galumphing ‘Round the Nation: the Collaborations Project
Andrea Keller Quartet. (2009)

A Castle for All Hush Collection Volume 8
The Children’s Hospitals Music for complete calm (2008)

Footprints: the Wayne Shorter Project
Andrea Keller solo piano (2007)
Winner of the 2008 ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album.

Little Claps
Andrea Keller Quartet (2007)
Winner of the 2003 Bell Award for Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album and
nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2007 ARIA Awards.

Angels and Rascals
Andrea Keller Quartet (2004)
Nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2005 ARIA Awards.

Mikrokosmos
Andrea Keller's Bartok Project (2002)
Winner of the 2003 Bell Award for Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album and the 2003
ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album.

Thirteen Sketches
Andrea Keller Quintet (2001)
Winner of the 2002 ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album.

References

Quotes

“Keller has one of Australia’s most consistently interesting musical minds.”
- Review of ‘Little Claps’ by Doug Spencer, www.abc.net.au/rn/weekendplanet/, August, 2007.
"one of the most original thinkers on the Australian scene... she has the priceless ability to think outside the square."
- Review of 'Angels and Rascals' by Adrian Jackson, Rhythms, August, 2005.
"One of this country's most daring and fascinating composers, she produces work that bristles with surprises, a powerful blend of European lyricism with space and improvisation."
- review of 'Angels and Rascals' by Leon Gettler. The AGE, May 5, 2005.
“Their music is both friendly and deep. Their colours and textures are brilliantly recorded on this disc, their best I think.”
- Review of ‘Little Claps’ by John Clare, The Sydney Morning Herald, November, 2007.
“A beautifully conceived work with an awareness of both jazz tradition and aspects of modernist European art music…Keller and her players are consistently outstanding.”
- Review of ‘Little Claps’ by Michael Webb, www.jazz.org.au, November, 2007.