Please join the mailing list for the latest news

Previous events

News

Rafael Karlen Quintet at JMI Live, November 15 

On Thursday, November 15 I will be joined by many of Brisbane’s finest improvising musicians for an evening of lyrical and creative original music at JMI Live. For this performance we will be playing my new compositions from my newly recorded album alongside material from my previous album Trace. I'm looking forward to this.

Toby Wren – guitar 

Sean Foran – piano 

Zac Sakrewksi – bass 

Joe Marchisella- drums 

Rafael Karlen – saxophone and composition

http://www.jazz.qld.edu.au/2018/11/02/rafael-karlen-quintet-15-11-18/

Berardi/Foran/Karlen Trio at the QLD Conservatorium, November 14 

I'm very much looking forward to playing with Kristin Berardi and Sean Foran at the Queensland Conservatorium.

We will be playing music from our upcoming album along with new material featuring electronics!

Please com along if you can, it will be fun

 

Kristin Berardi - voice/electronics

Sean Foran - piano/electronics

Rafael Karlen -saxophone/electronics

 

Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm

Ian Hangar Recital Hall

Queensland Conservatorium of Music

Grey Street

South Brisbane

 

Workshops in Cape York 

I'm looking forward to working with students from the Community of Coen as part of the Queensland Music Festival Cape York Music Program. This is a initiative aiming to provide an opportunity for students to gain instrumental music experiences on par with metropolitan schools.

Performance with Ed Kuepper, The Aints! Album Launch, The Triffid, October 27 

I'm looking forward to performing with the legendary Ed Kuepper from The Saints in Brisbane.

This is part of a national tour launching the new album which was recording earlier this year (to tape!)

It's going to be a lot of fun playing with Ed, Alister Spence, Eamon Dilworth and more. Woohoo. 

http://i94bar.webfactional.com/albums/the-church-of-simultaneous-existence-the-aints-abc-records

 

Play with Stu Hunter and Jonathan Zwartz 

It was a pleasure playing in a trio with the beautiful Stu Hunter and Jonathan Zwartz for an intimate house concert.

I had been wanting to connect with both of these lovely musicians for a while so I'm really glad that we were able to explore music together.

New album recording! 

Over October 20 and 21, I will be recording an album of my new material for Quintet featuring many of may favourite musicians.

I'm thrilled to have these amazing musicians bringing my music to life
Kristin Berardi - voice 
Matt McMahon - piano 
Brett Hirst - bass 
Simon Barker - drums 

Rafael- saxophone

Richie B - engineer at Free Energy Device Studios

This project was made possible with the help of a Matchlab Grant from Creative Partnerships Australia and the support of all the lovely people who contributed to my crowdfunding campaign.

String quartet reading session of new works 

I was very happy to hear my new pieces for string quartet come to life during a reading session by a very lovely quartet featuring:

Glenn Christensen - violin

Ike See - violin

Nathan Greentree - viola

Freya Schack-Arnott - cello

Rafael Karlen - saxophone/composition

Here is a new piece of mine entitled Overhead. This piece was mostly written on airplanes while travelling.