Rafael Karlen is an award-winning composer, saxophonist, and arranger. He has continued to build a reputation as one of the more creative, exciting and surprising musicians on the Australian music scene. Rafael’s music has been performed by small jazz groups, rock and pop ensembles, big bands through to chamber orchestras and string quartets. He has performed throughout Australia and New Zealand, and in Canada, Cambodia, England, Scotland and Sweden.

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‘The balance between composition and improvisation gives the ear a bit of structure to rely upon while keeping on its' toes. Most of all, this music is about as beautiful as it gets. — Dave Sumner, reviewing The Sweetness of Things Half-Remembered 



Four-Star Review of The Sweetness of Things Half Remembered in The Australian by John McBeath 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/magical- side-as-folk-and-classical-combine/story-fn9n8gph-1227172465619 


Four-Star review of Rafael’s album Trace in The Australian by John McBeath 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/album-reviews-kasey-chambers-leah-flanagan-rafael-karlen/ news-story/b347f76138a32c85585b52811642be7f 2/3