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New Youtube video of Queensland Symphony Orchestra performing While We Forget 

I'm super excited to share this clip of my music for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Steve Newcomb on piano and myself on saxophone. This is a little preview of the longer work While We Forget which was commissioned for the 2016 QSOCurrent Series earlier this year. It was a really fun project!
There are a couple more clips to come too. Woohoo! The nice camera work was by Mish photography and the sound was from 2 room mics. 

New Album with Steve Newcomb and Toby Wren! 

It was super fun recording a new album with the wonderful Steve Newcomb on piano and Toby Wren on guitar!
I'm looking forward to releasing it late this year. Thanks to Steve Newcomb, Toby Wren, Mark Smith, Mish Photography and Lynette Irwin. We recorded mostly original music with compositions by Schubert, Dufay and a Swedish Folk Tune thrown in for good measure. Woohoo.

Hope In My Pocket receives The Queensland State Award for Excellence in Jazz at the Australian Art Music Awards 

Kristin Berardi, Sean Foran and I are thrilled to have received the Queensland State Award for Excellence in Jazz at the Australian Art Music Awards! Woohoo!
This is very prestigious award so we are all very excited to be listed next to so many wonderful and creative musicians and composers. A full list of the award winners can be found here.

http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/awards/

Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band Tour, July 8-14 

I'm looking forward to touring with the Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band. This will be my fourth year as the Director and it's a really pleasure guiding these great young musicians through some inspiring and challenging repertoire. There will be concerts and workshops around Mackay, Proserpine, Moranbah and Clermont. 

QSOCurrent Chamber Orchestra and Rafael Karlen, April 29  

I am very excited to be premiering a commissioned work for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Steve Newcomb on piano and myself on saxophone. The program will premier While We Forget which is a new work exploring memory and forgetting, commissioned specifically for this concert. This is the first time that I have written anything this big for a chamber orchestra so I have been working very hard on it! The rest of the program will feature new arrangements of existing compositions reworked specifically for this event. 

This is a major highlight of 2016 for me so I would really love to see you there! 

More information can be found below.
https://qso.com.au/current/qso-rafael-karlen

 

2016 Jazz Composition of the Year Award at the QMusic Queensland Music Awards 

Hope in My Pocket from the new Berardi/Foran/Karlen album has been awarded Jazz Composition of the year at the 2016 Queensland Music Awards which is very exciting. This composition was co-written by Kristin Berardi, Sean Foran and myself and was inspired by correspondence and journals from soldiers and families from the First World War. It was a very involved and rewarding project so I’m glad that the album is doing well. We poured a lot of love into this project. Here is a link to a free download of this track.

https://berardiforankarlen.bandcamp.com/track/hope-in-my-pocket

A list of the winners in the other categories can be found here.
http://www.qmusic.com.au/qldmusicawards/2016/index.cfm?contentID=942

 

Nice write up in Limelight Magazine about being awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship  

I am incredibly excited to have just started my 10 week trip as part of my Winston Churchill Fellowship. During this I will be visiting New York, Amsterdam, Denmark, Germany, Berlin, Oslo, the UK and Stockholm to meet with many incredible performers, composers and ensemble directors. Limelight magazine published a nice write up which can be read below. Woohoo!

http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/news/brisbane-saxophonist-awarded-churchill-fellowship

Performance with Tenzin Choegyal on Tamborine Mountain, January 16 

I am very excited to perform with Tenzin Choegyal as part of the Tibet to Tamborine Festival happening this week on Tamborine Mountain.
Tenzin is an extraordinary musician and it will be a real pleasure performing with Tenzin, Taro Terahara (bansuri), and Shen Flindell (tabla).
I believe that it will be from 7.30pm at the Zamia Theatre.

http://tibetstateofmind.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/tibet-to-tamborine-2016.html

 

The Rooftops at the Woodford Folk Festival, 2015-16 

It has been 10 years since The Rooftops first started playing together and we were very excited to be back playing at the Woodford Folk Festival. We performed as the house band for the Inaugural Annual Dance Affair, a really fun theatre and dance show featuring dancers, actors, audience participation and a few special cameo appearances.

This show was originally commissioned for the 2015 Bleach Festival on the Gold Coast. We hope to work on this show again soon. It was a luxury playing night after night to full rooms with such a talented group of performers, all at my favourite music festival in Australia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHjqrgwR7cg