In these short interviews I ask musicians and composers, from various backgrounds, the same three simple questions about music.
- Why do you have music in your life?
- How do you make music?
- What excites you musically right now?
I will be presenting these once a week over the next few months with local, national and international musicians and composers.
In this episode I’m talking to Melbourne-based pianist and composer Andrea Keller.
Andrea Keller is an active member of Australia’s contemporary creative jazz community through multiple roles as performer, composer, arranger, recording artist, researcher, teacher, mentor, and curator. Having established herself as a prolific artist with the ability to think outside the square, she has devised and produced a multitude of projects, ranging from solo to large ensembles that celebrate the wealth and diversity of Australian musicians.
Lauded for her music in Australia, Keller has received numerous awards for her albums, ensembles and compositions, including; multiple ARIA, Australian Jazz Bell, and Art Music Awards, as well as the Melbourne Prize for Music Beleura Emerging Composer Award, the Merlyn Myer Composing Womens Commission, a Music Victoria Award, an APRA Professional Development Award, a fellowship from the Australia Council, and the inaugural MCA/Freedman Foundation Jazz Fellowship.
Keller currently runs educational programs such as Girls Do Jazz (a workshop series for young female and non-binary students) and Masters & Apprentices (ensembles combining established & emerging musicians). She is a part-time Lecturer in Music (Jazz & Improvisation) in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne.