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Sinking Cities premiere with The Australian Voices and Camerata- Queensland's Chamber Orchestra February 11 

I am very excited to have the wonderful Australian Voices and Camerata-Queensland's Chamber Orchestra premiere my new 60-minute work for choir and string ensemble. This work features lyrics by Pearly Black and is inspired by recent events in Hasankeyf, an ancient city in Turkey which has recently been flooded for a controversial dam, washing away 12,000 years of history. Sinking Cities explores erasing histories, as well as themes of loss, modernisation, short term gains, and the replacement of traditional lifestyles. 

The world premiere of Sinking Cities will be live streamed exclusively via the Australian Digital Concert Hall. 

Sinking Cities is supported by Arts Queensland’s First Night Showcase – Judith Wright Arts Centre Fund, Australia Council, and Phonographic Performance Company of Australia.

More information and tickets can be found through the link below:

https://camerata.net.au/performances/sinking-cities/

 

 

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. 

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