Andrea Keller: Transients IV
10.30am, Saturday October 29 – WPAC Hall
Transients are a series of trios assembled by Andrea Keller, inspired by the philosophy and legacy of Allan Browne. Based on a collective approach to music making, the trios perform original compositions, improvisations, as well as selections from the American & Australian songbooks.
Launched in January 2016, Keller’s Transients trios include those who shared connections with Al Browne, as well as those who are emerging in the Australian jazz scene, acknowledging Browne’s encouragement, support and mentoring of Keller from the time of her early career.
Drawing from a pool of creative Melbourne musicians such as Julien Wilson, Sam Anning, Christopher Hale, James McLean, Ben Robertson, Lewis Pierre-Humbert, Tamara Murphy, Eugene Ball and Stephen Magnusson, each version of Transients brings with it a unique repertoire and dynamism.
The combination of Keller/Murphy/Ball grew from what was Keller/Murphy/Browne, a working trio (2003-2015) that released two albums and performed as a regular feature of Browne’s long-standing Monday night residency at Bennetts Lane. Ball also had a rich playing, recording and personal history with Browne through the Allan Browne Quintet and other groups. In December 2015 Eugene Ball joined Keller & Murphy to launch ‘Travellers’, a live recording by Keller/Murphy/Browne, released posthumously.
Eugene Ball – trumpet
Andrea Keller – piano
Tamara Murphy – double bass
Andrea Keller bio:
Andrea Keller is an Australian contemporary improvising pianist and composer, dedicated to the performance and creation of contemporary jazz and improvised music.
The diversity of Keller’s approach has placed her on stage with artists and ensembles such as; Eddie Perfect, Genevieve Lacey, John Surman (UK), the Song Company, the Black Arm Band, the Australian Art Orchestra, Flinders Quartet, Allan Browne, the Bennetts Lane Big Band (co-founding member), Bernie McGann, Ten Part Invention, Mike Nock, Barney McAll, James Crabb, and more.
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.
Leading and devising projects such as; The Andrea Keller Quintet/Quartet (since 1999), The Bartok Project, Three Lanes, From Ether, The Company of Pianos, The Komeda Project, and most recently Transients; Keller has released numerous albums, including; five by the AKQ, two for solo piano, two by Keller/Murphy/Browne, Hush Collection volumes 8 & 14, as well as albums with Three Lanes, The Bartok project, The Bennetts Lane Big Band, Tim Wilson, and others.
With the Andrea Keller Quartet, Keller has toured to Germany (2014), National Australian Collaborations Tour (2009), and Denmark/Germany (2007), as well as numerous other performances around Australia during the bands history. In addition Keller has toured with the Song Company as guest director (2015), Three Lanes, the Black Arm Band, Eddie Perfect, Keller/Murphy/Browne, the Australian Art Orchestra, and more. As a soloist she has toured to Czech Republic (2007), Ireland/Scotland (2003) and Czech Republic/Scotland (2002).
As a composer Keller has created a considerable body of work, which traverses styles, and ranges from solo to big band settings, including cross-cultural collaborations, cross-genre collaborations, and the use of electronics.
She has been invited to compose for; Marshall McGuire, Zephyr Quartet, 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.
“Keller should be appreciated by a wider audience than she is. Over several albums she has proven to be a consummate composer, arranger and performer, that is, the complete package.” – Review of ‘Travellers’ by Michael Prescott, jazzwisemagazine.com, February 10, 2016
“… The mind and sound-world of Andrea Keller, a place that is one of the most original – if not the most original – in Australian jazz.”- Review of ‘Wave Rider’ by John Hardaker, australianjazz.net, November 27, 2013
“Her work is always lit brightly by the spark of originality.” – Review of ‘Three Lanes’ by Roger Mitchell, Ausjazz Blog, April 16, 2012
“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 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
“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