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Recording session video clip from my new trio album with Steve Newcomb and Toby Wren 

Here is video clip of They Sold Their Homesteads, a Traditional Swedish Folksong that I arranged for my with Steve Newcomb and Toby Wren. This footage is by Mish Photography from the recording session in June at the Queensland Multicultural Centre. 

The Album launch will be 
Sunday December 11 in Studio 1 at the Old Museum Building, 480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Queensland 4006 
Doors at 6.30 for a 7.00 show. We will play two sets. 
Tickets are $15 Concession/student, $20 Adult, $10 Children 

Tickets are available here. 
http://oldmuseum.org/

Crowdfunding campaign can be found here
https://pozible.com/project/debut-album-karlen-newcomb-wren

Trace Album Launch with Steve Newcomb and Toby Wren, December 11 

I am so excited to launch my new album with renowned musicians Steve Newcomb and Toby Wren for an intimate and exciting new trio project. We are launching Trace, a new album featuring of original compositions, a Swedish Folksong, a Renaissance piece by Dufay and a Schubert Serenade. This will be the debut performance of this All-star trio showcasing some of Queensland’s finest Contemporary musicians. I really hope to see you there.

Sunday December 11 in Studio 1 at the Old Museum Building, 480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Queensland 4006
Doors at 6.30 for a 7.00 show. We will play two sets. 
Tickets are $15 Concession/student, $20 Adult, $10 Children
Tickets are available here.

http://oldmuseum.org/

Crowdfunding campaign for my new album with Steve Newcomb and Toby Wren 

Woohoo. I just finished setting up a crowdfunding campaign for an exciting new trio album with Steve Newcomb, Toby Wren and I. Please have a look and pledge some support if you can- there are some fun, personal and unusual rewards and incentives available. It was super fun recording with these amazing musicians and I am very excited to launch the album in 3 weeks at the Old Museum Building in Brisbane on December 11.
It was recorded at the Qld Multicultural Centre by Mark Smith and Mastered by Dave Neil. Michelle Secis captured video footage and photographs and Sai Karlen has designed very elegant and stylish album artwork.

https://pozible.com/project/debut-album-karlen-newcomb-wren

Berardi/Foran/Karlen Perform at JMI, November 10 

This gig will be a lot of fun. We are really excited to premier new music and to perform music from our 2015 release Hope In My Pocket. 

"A true collaborative trio BERARDI/FORAN/KARLEN features the talents of three distinctive Australian artists. Formed in 2015 by vocalist Kristin Berardi, pianist Sean Foran and saxophonist Rafael Karlen the trio has already performed at The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Bennetts Lane (Melbourne), The Foundry (Sydney), The Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Floriade Festival (Canberra), and the Noosa Jazz Festival. The trio features three of Queensland and Australia’s most awarded young Jazz Artists with all members being having released several internationally acclaimed albums as band leaders in a variety of ensembles. Between the three of them they have performed in Canada, America, England, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, Korea, Japan, Switzerland, and throughout Australia. 
The Berardi/Foran/Karlen Trio will perform new compositions and works from their debut album Hope in My Pocket which recently earned them the Queensland State Award for Excellence in Jazz at the Australian Art Music Awards and the QMA Jazz Composition of the Year Award."

We hope to see you there

JMI, Exhibition st, Bowen Hills
8pm, Thursday November 10.

 

Musical Director at the 2016 Yarrabah Band Festival - Queensland Music Festival 

I am really thrilled to be Musical Director at the Yarrabah Band Festival this year. I feel very lucky to be working with many of Australia's finest musicians including Archie Roach, Montaigne, Shellie Morris, Katie Noonan, Ben Hakalitz, Will Kepa, Merindi Schreiber, Deline, Briscoe and Dizzie Doolan, alongside many really excited and fun community musicians from Yarrabah and High school musicians from Cairns. In the lead up to the finale concert many of us will be working with school and community musicians to write, rehearse and perform music for the Finale concert. WOOHOO!

Sat 5 Nov 5:30pm
Bishop Malcolm Park, Yarrabah
Yarrabah is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cairns
This is a drug and alcohol free event
Tickets: FREE EVENT

https://qmf.org.au/whats-on/yarrabah-band-festival/

Sunday Swing with QYO Big Band and Corner Pocket Swing, October 30 at the Old Museum Building 

On Sunday night the Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band will meet with Corner Pocket Swing for a night of user-friendly Jazz Hits and Swing Dancing in the Concert Hall of the Old Museum Building. There will be a beginners dance class from 6pm and two sets of music from an 18-piece big band from 7pm. The Corner Pocket Swing Crew will team up with many of the brightest young Jazz musicians in Brisbane for a fun night of dance and music. I had been wanting to collaborate with many of Brisbane's finiest Swing Dancers for quite some time so I am looking forward to this. We hope to see you there. 
$5 entry 
All ages welcome
6-9pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/588031968048984/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1477440592999389

Sean Foran's Album Launch in Melbourne and Brisbane 16 and 28 October 

I am very excited to be performing with some wonderful musicians for Sean Foran's Album Launch in Melbourne and Brisbane 16 and 28 October. Sean has just returned from launching this album in the UK and has assembled some very fine musicians from Melbourne and Brisbane. Please come along if you can, it will be a really fun gig.


Melbourne- Sunday October 16 at Uptown
http://www.uptownjazzcafe.com/oct.php

Brisbane - Friday October 28 at JMI Live
http://www.jazz.qld.edu.au/jmi-live/

Performance with the Sophie Min Trio at JMI Live October 6 

I'm looking forward to playing with the Sophie Min trio as a guest at JMI live. It will be a pleasure to play predominantly original material with these very talented young musicians in a nice, listening environment. Hope to see you there.

8pm at Jmi Live on Exhibition St, Bowen Hills.

Sophie Min – piano, compositions 
Helen Svoboda – double bass, compositions 
Lachlan Hawkins – drums 
Rafael Karlen – saxophone, compositions

http://www.jazz.qld.edu.au/2016/09/01/sophie-min-thursday-october-6th-8pm-10/

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.