Andrea Keller (Australia)
Andrea Keller is a Melbourne-based 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, teacher, mentor, and curator.
Dedicated to the performance, creation, and nurturing of contemporary jazz and improvised music, her projects celebrate the wealth and diversity of Australian musicians. 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, works as a side person, and is regularly commissioned to create new work for a myriad of musicians in varying genres, including the Australian Art Orchestra, the Vanessa Perica Orchestra, Sam Anning Sextet, Sandy Evans/Andrea Keller duo, Flinders Quartet, and more.
Highly lauded for her music in Australia, Andrea has received numerous awards for her albums, ensembles and compositions, including three ARIA’s, multiple Australian Jazz Bell, and more. She currently runs the educational program Gender Defying Jazz and is Head of Jazz & Improvisation at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne.