Andrea Keller - Pianist and Composer

Andrea graduated from the VCA Improvisation course in 1995, has played with Dale Barlow, Brian Brown, Sandy Evans, the Allan Browne Trio and the Barry Duggan Quartet, and has been commissioned by Mike Nock to compose a work to be played by his 10 piece ensemble.

She was a finalist at the 1999 National Jazz Awards, and was commissioned by the Melbourne Jazz Co operative to debut an Octet of original works for the 2000 Melbourne Women's Jazz festival.

Andrea Keller QuintetThe Andrea Keller Quintet performed at the 2000 Wangaratta Jazz Festival, and in 2001 they released the CD Thirteen Sketches (Newmarket)., assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

In February 2001, she released the debut CD Icedreaming (also on Newmarket) with Hustas - Keller. The CD, sponsored by Bang and Olufsen, toured successfully to Sydney and Brisbane in April 2001.

Andrea was the winner of the innaugural Freedman Jazz Fellowship (2001) which will enable her to spend a period of 2002 in Europe for the purposes of study and networking.

Andrea is currently working on arranging material from 'Mikrokosmos' by Bela Bartok for a contemporary improvising ensemble, to be recorded by 'Jazztrack' at the ABC in February 2002.

Andrea has worked extensively with jazz, theatre, rock, musicals, original and big bands in an endless variety of venues and occasions. The most notable appearances have been:

* performances of her original works at Tony Gould's Creative Music Series - Mietta's (1993,1995)

* performing with "OPEN SKY", an original ensemble led by Brian Brown > (1995)

* performing with Brian Brown's ensemble "FLIGHT" (1998)

* The "ANDREA KELLER TRIO" at the 1997 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

* A self promoted concert series (1996,1997) with free improvisation duo "STIR" featuring now Sydney double bassist, Michael Currie

Andrea is a member of the 11 piece Bennett's Lane Big Band, performing original works by members of the ensemble. Since 1996 Andrea has taught as Lecturer in Improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts and has since continued to teach jazz piano, improvisation and theory to a variety of instrumentalists and vocalists at tertiary and high school level.


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