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....
“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.
“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...