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Andrea Keller

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Andrea Keller

Andrea Keller Pianist & composer

Since the release of her first album in 2000, pianist and composer Andrea Keller has established herself as an important contributor to Australian jazz and contemporary music. Described as having “one of Australia’s most consistently interesting musical minds” (Doug Spencer 2007), she has released numerous albums as leader, toured nationally and internationally, and received commissions from a wide array of musicians, ensembles and organisations.

Her originality and distinctive style has led to invitations to compose music for the Australian Art Orchestra, Mike Nock’s BigSmallBand, the Bennetts Lane Big Band, Ten Part Invention, and Seraphim Trio. She has been the recipient of grants to produce new music, most notably from the Freedman Foundation & Royal Children’s Hospital for ‘A Castle for All’ (2008), the Keir Foundation & Four Winds Festival for ‘Place’ (2010), and Meditations on Light (2012). Her extended work for prepared big band Affectations received the 2012 Art Music Award for Jazz Work of the Year and has been selected to represent the Australian Section at the ISCM Festival World Music Days Poland 2014....
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Awards

2012: winner of the Australian Jazz Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Ensemble 2012 - The Andrea Keller Quartet. : winner of the Art Music Award for Jazz Work of the Year - 'Affectations' : nominated for the Art Music Award for Excellence in Jazz. 2011: nominated for Bell Award for Jazz Song of the Year ‘Place’, and Jazz Ensemble of the year ‘The Andrea Keller Quartet’. 2010: Awarded a 2 year Australia Council Fellowship to create a large body of work. 2008: winner of the Bell Award for Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album 2008 (‘Little Claps’ – The Andrea Keller Quartet). : winner of the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album 2008 (‘Footprints’ – The Wayne Shorter Project, Andrea Keller). 2007: nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album 2007 (‘Little Claps’ – The Andrea Keller Quartet). : finalist in the Melbourne Prize For Music. 2006: finalist at the National Jazz Piano Awards (Wangaratta Jazz Festival). 2005: nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album 2005 (‘Angels and Rascals’ – The Andrea Keller Quartet). 2003: winner of the Bell Award for Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album 2003 (‘Mikrokosmos’ – Andrea Keller’s Bartok Project). : winner of the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album 2003 (‘Mikrokosmos’ – Andrea Keller’s Bartok Project). 2002: winner of the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album 2002 (‘Thirteen Sketches’ – The Andrea Keller Quintet). 2001: inaugural winner of the MCA/Freedman Foundation Jazz Fellowship. 1999: finalist at the National Jazz Piano Awards (Wangarratta Jazz Festival).
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    Angels and Rascals

    ABC Jazz
    2005

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Featured recording “Three Lanes”

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Three Lanes

ABC Jazz (2012)

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Three Lanes:

“It’s not surprising that this foray out of Keller’s comfort zone works so well – after all, her work is always lit brightly by the spark of originality… Acoustic, electronic, prepared, improvised and composed elements are interwoven with subtlety, so that there is no feel of artificiality or domination by devices. Review of ‘Three Lanes’ by Roger Mitchell, Ausjazz Blog, April 16, 2012.

“An avant garde, post modern exploration of jazz music. An incredibly innovative and ambitious project.” Review of ‘Three Lanes’ Eastside897fm, April, 2012.

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“Delightful in itself, this will also send you back through favourite Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis and Jazz Messengers albums.” Review of ‘Footprints’ by John Clare, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 25, 2008.

“She gives Shorter’s melodies such freedom and vitality that they sound completely spontaneous...

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