One of Melbourne’s hardest working musicians, pianist Andrea Keller has has held the Monday night residency at the Jazzlab in Brunswick, Melbourne, since the club’s beginnings in June 2017.
With a firm interest in composition and improvisation Keller has led many projects whose focus has been on performing her original compositions and arrangements. She currently leads the working projects: the aforementioned Monday nights at the Jazzlab (curating & performing), Transients (a series of trios presented every Thursday night at Uptown Jazz Café), Five Below (quintet featuring Stephen Magnusson, Sam Anning, Mick Meagher, James McLean & Andrea Keller), Journey Home (solo piano collaboration with photographer/film-maker Hayley Miro), Piano Club (solo piano concerts featuring Australian pianists and Q&A’s), The Composers Circle (6-piece ensemble of composers/performers), Solo/Duo/Trio (new collaborations in various groupings), and Celebrating Voice (series featuring vocalists who perform original and Australian material).
The Composers’ Circle is a sextet of leading Melbourne-based improvisers and composers. The tracks featured on this recording were captured over two nights in December 2018 – the first recording as part of the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival and the second as part of Keller’s regular Jazzlab residency.
The Composers’ Circle:
Angela Davis – alto saxophone
Carl Mackey – tenor saxophone
James Macaulay – trombone
Andrea Keller – piano
Sam Anning – double bass
James McLean – drumset
Bear in mind this is Volume 1. You can find Andrea Keller Curates Monday Nights Live at the Jazzlab – Volume 1 – The Composers’ Circle here.