Andrea Keller is an Australian pianist, composer and improviser. She is an active member of Australia’s contemporary creative jazz community through multiple roles as performer, composer, arranger, recording artist, researcher, educator, mentor, and curator. Over the past two-decades she has devised and produced a large and varied body of work, confirming her dedication to the performance, creation, and nurturing of contemporary jazz and improvised music. Steeped in both jazz and Western art music traditions, her projects celebrate the wealth and diversity of Australian musicians and are centred on the creation of new music with an emphasis on improvisation and collaboration.
With a propensity for the ‘new’, Andrea is somewhat of a serial bandleader. Her career to date has seen her lead projects such as Transients, Five Below, Journey Home, Wave Riders, PATSy, Masters & Apprentices, Piano Club, The Composers Circle, Solo/Duo/Trio, Celebrating Voice, Still Night: Music in Poetry, The Komeda Project, The Company of Pianos, From Ether, Family Portraits, Three Lanes, The Andrea Keller Quintet/Quartet, The Wayne Shorter Project, and The Bartok Project.
In addition to her own projects, she is part of numerous collaborations and ensembles, including the Australian Art Orchestra, Vanessa Perica Orchestra, Sam Anning Sextet and Sandy Evans/Andrea Keller duo, and has worked beyond the jazz idiom with the likes of The Song Company, The Black Arm Band, Lano & Woodley, and Eddie Perfect. Andrea has received multiple commissions to create new work for musicians in varying genres, including the Australian Art Orchestra, Genevieve Lacey, Flinders Quartet, Ensemble Offspring, Ten Part Invention, and more.
Andrea has received multiple commissions to create new work for musicians in varying genres, including the Australian Art Orchestra, Genevieve Lacey, Flinders Quartet, Ensemble Offspring, Ten Part Invention, Royal Children’s Hospital Hush Series, Seraphim Trio, VCA Secondary School, Trio Solstice, and more. In 2017 she was awarded the Merlyn Myer Composing Women’s Commission, and in 2019 won the Melbourne Prize for Music Emerging Composer Award.
Highly lauded in Australia, Andrea has received numerous awards for her music. In 2022 she was the HC Coombs Fellow at ANU Canberra and received the Art Music Luminary (Victoria) Award. Previous recognition includes three ARIA awards, multiple Australian Jazz Bell awards, a Music Victoria award, multiple Art Music awards, an APRA Professional Development, an Australia Council Fellowship, and the inaugural MCA/Freedman Foundation Jazz Fellowship.
Andrea holds a Bachelor of Music in Improvisation (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts, a Master of Arts (Research) from Queensland University of Technology and a PhD from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University.Read more
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“Her pianism has qualities of tone and touch that rival that of Bill Evans; her musical intelligence rivals that of Paul Bley; and her discipline and use of space, that of the brilliant Frank Kimbrough... To my ear, Keller creates some of the most beautiful piano music I’ve heard." — Review of Journey Home by Ian Muldoon, https://ericmyersjazz.com/essays-page-100, December 10, 2021. “Andrea Keller stretches jazz into whatever she wants here – as a composer, musician and visionary, she always has. Using many of the most noble aspects of modern jazz – its curiosity, freedom and genre-inclusive nature – Keller enriches and expands the form
Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
Andrea Keller Curates...
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Monash Sessions (Monash University)