Above all, contrary to the other varieties of saxophonists in jazz, Rafael Karlen does not act in a blatant manner, but brings out the lyrical. Truly a feast for the ears!” - fdp at Jazz halo (via google translate)

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. 

Rafael's latest Album Equally True Equally True, with Kristin Berardi, Matt McMahon, Brett Hirst and Simon Barker, was released in October 2022 and can be listened to here

Upcoming projects include launching a new album on ABC Jazz as part of Eucalyptus Tree and releasing an album his 60 minute work for strings, choir and saxophone.

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