Presented by the Shepparton Festival
The Andrea Keller Quartet are well established as important contributors to Australian jazz. Described as original and dedicated to the performance of creative, improvised music.
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.
As a performer Keller is best know for her award winning ensemble the Andrea Keller Quartet and her re-workings of the music of Bela Bartok and Wayne Shorter. Her newest ensemble Three Lanes joins the distinctive musical voices of recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, Joe Talia on Revox B77, electronics and percussion and Keller on piano. In addition to leading her own projects she is a member of the Black Arm Band Company, Keller/Murphy/Browne, Wilson/Keller Duo, Bennetts Lane Big Band (of which she is a co-founding member), and Palaver (a free improvisation ensemble featuring Miroslav Bukovsky).
Among Keller’s list of achievements are three ARIA Awards for Best Jazz Album (2008, 2003 and 2002), an Art Music Award for jazz work of the year (2012), and three Australian Jazz Bell Awards – Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album (2008 and 2003) and Jazz Ensemble of the Year – Andrea Keller Quartet (2012). She was awarded the Freedman Foundation Jazz Fellowship in 2001 and an Australia Council Fellowship in 2010. Keller holds a Bachelor of Music in Improvisation (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Master of Arts (Research) from Queensland University of Technology.
The Andrea Keller Quartet performs the distinctive compositions of Keller. Long time collaborators Eugene Ball (trumpet), Ian Whitehurst (tenor saxophone), Joe Talia (drums and electronics) and Andrea Keller (piano) have been said to create music that is “a marker of just how good Australian jazz is (Bev Stapleton 2006). The AKQ has released four albums (winning 1 ARIA award, 1 Bell Award and 2 ARIA nominations), and have performed extensively throughout Australia, including a national tour in 2009, and an international tour in 2007. The Andrea Keller Quartet won the Australian Jazz Bell Award for Jazz Ensemble of the Year 2012.
(Roger Mitchell Herald Sun 2007)