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ARIA Nomination for Best Jazz Album! 

I'm thrilled to have been nominated for an ARIA with the album Haven with Kristin Berardi, Sean Foran, Pascal Schumacher and I! Woohoo.

There is some great music on this list. Congratulations to all the nominees.

 

 

Performance at the SIMA Winter Jazz Fest with the Rafael Karlen Quintet, July 24 

I'm looking forward to playing with my quintet at Mary's Underground as part of the SIMA Winter Jazz Series.

The band is heavy! This will be a pre-launch gig in the lead up to a National Tour and album launch happening later in 2021.

Nardje Nordhuis: trumpet

Matt McMahon: piano

Brett Hirst: bass

James Waples: drums

me.

It will be a double bill with the lovely Elysian Fields. More information can be found below.

I hope to see you there!

https://winterjazzfest.com.au/event/double-bill-elysian-fields-rafael-karlen-quintet/

New work for The Australian Voices and Camerat-Queensland's Chamber Orchestra 

I have been very busy writing music for the creative development of a major new work for the Australian Voices and Camerata- Queensland's Chamber Orchestra. This project explores the themes of losing our past and destroying history, and is inspired by the loss of the 12000 year old Turkish city Hasankeyf which has just been flooded for a Dam project.

It will be premiered in late August/September and will feature my new 60-minute work for choir, string orchestra and saxophonist, with lyrics by Pearly Black.

Our first creative development session was in January and I'm looking forward to the next round in March where I'll capture some audio and video!

New Album Haven is Out!! 

I am thrilled that Haven by the Berardi/Foran/Karlen Trio is out now! 
This album features special guest vibraphone player Pascal Schumacher from Luxembourg joining Kristin Berardi, Sean Foran and I, and is on the Earshift Music label 

We also printed a limited run of score books which look amazing. 
Albums and books can be found here and on the Earshift Wesbsite and Bandcamp
Thanks again to the Pozible supporters who helped to contribute to this album. 
   

This album has taken a while to bring out into the world but we are very happy to finally share it with everyone. Lots of love has gone into it and we were fortunate to have had these incredible people involved in the process: 
Recorded in Brisbane by Mark Smith, mixed in Stockholm by Stefan Glaumann, mastered in England by Shawn Joseph, photography and video by Mish Photography, Earshift Music, and album, promo and book design by Sai Karlen. 

Canceled performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre with Andrea Keller and String Quartet 

I was very much looking forward to performing my music with the amazing Andrea Keller on piano with a string quartet at the Melbourne Recital Centre Jazz in the Salon Series in October but this show has unfortunately just been canceled. Total bummer.

I'm thinking of all our colleagues and friends in Melbourne during this time. I hope to hear and make music there are again soon.

 

 

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