Trace

Rafael Karlen with Steve Newcomb and Toby Wren

Rafael Karlen - tenor saxophone
Steve Newcomb - piano
Toby Wren - guitar

'Featuring original compositions, the Swedish Folksong They Sold Their Homesteads, a Renaissance Kyrie by Dufay and a Serenade by Schubert, Trace elegantly traverses a compelling variety of material.'
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HOPE IN MY POCKET SAMPLE DOWNLOAD Here is a track that can be downloaded from a collaborative album with Kristin Berardi and Sean Foran. This piece was co-written by all three of us and is the title track of our debut album as a trio. 10.1 MB
THE SWEETNESS OF THINGS HALF-REMEMBERED SAMPLE DOWNLOAD Here is a sample track that can be downloaded. This is the title track from an album of my music for string quartet, piano and saxophone. 6.08 MB

The Sweetness of Things Half-Remembered

Rafael Karlen

In The Sweetness of Things Half-Remembered, composer and saxophonist Rafael Karlen seamlessly draws together elements from jazz and Western art music through skillful composition and tasteful improvisation. The inventive and lyrical playing of pianist Steve Newcomb and saxophonist Rafael Karlen is showcased soaring over the colorful textures and beautiful musical environments of a string quartet.
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Driving Hat: The West End Composers Collective play the music of Rafael Karlen

The West End Composers Collective

Founded by trumpeter/composer Laura Kahle and pianist/arranger Steve Newcomb, the 10-piece West End Composers Collective began in 2003 as a monthly gathering of Brisbane’s creative improvising musicians, composers and arrangers to workshop original works. The ensemble has since released two recordings featuring original material and performed throughout Australia.

Driving Hat is their second album and features the music of Rafael Karlen. Utilizing the unique skills of the Collectives' ten members, Rafael embraces each musicians individual strengths to deliver a collaboration of unified sound around his rich harmonies and melodic lines. Driving Hat solidifies the ensembles aim to produce an outstanding contemporary jazz album of original Australian compositions. The title track, Driving Hat was a finalist in the 2009 Jazz Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year
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Driving Hat
The West End Composers Collective play the music of Rafael Karlen (2008)

Featuring many of Brisbane's finest improvising musicians, the ten-piece jazz ensemble released their second album on the Pinnacles Music label. Driving Hat earned Rafael nominations for both Australian Jazz Composition of the Year and Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year categories at the 2009 Jazz Bell Awards. Two tracks were also nominated for Jazz Composition of the Year in the 2008 QSong Songwriting competition.

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itunes.apple.com/gb/album/driving-hat/id363979919
https://rafaelkarlen.bandcamp.com/album/driving-hat-the-west-end-composers-collective-play-the-music-of-rafael-karlen          





Rafael's music can also be heard on-



The Road to Red Hill
The West Australia Youth Jazz Orchestra (2009)

This album features part of Rafael's work as the 2009 Composer-in-Residence with the Perth-based Jazz Orchestra.


Buy

site.wayjo.com/shop/cds/

site.wayjo.com/




Nightlight
Megan Washington and Sean Foran (2006)

Winner of the 2006 Jazz Bell Award for best Australian Vocal Album.


Buy
itunes.apple.com/au/album/nightlight-ep/id496791555

washingtonmusic.com.au/
www.seanforanmusic.info




As a performer, Rafael appears on-



A Hundred Different Lives
The Rooftops (2011)

The latest CD by the Australian Soul, Reggae and Pop outfit.

Buy
itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-hundred-different-lives/id522594179

www.totherooftops.com





Clean Dirt
The Rooftops (2009)

The second CD release by the Brisbane-based Soul, Reggae and Pop band.

Buy
itunes.apple.com/us/album/clean-dirt/id319246343

www.totherooftops.com





One for B
The Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra (2011)

Rafael makes a very rare appearence as a guest conductor with a Brisbane-based Big Band.


Buy
itunes.apple.com/au/album/one-for-b/id434940200


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