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Andrea Keller’s Still Night feat. Gian Slater & Josh Kyle, Sophie Min & James Sherlock (Brisbane) – Debuts
Sun 10th December @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Still Night: Music in Poetry is a 60-minute song-cycle combining poetry that spans centuries and the globe with music composed by Andrea Keller. A meditation on omnipresent sentiments of death, grief and loss, Still Night was specifically composed for this line up. The text has been drawn from a selection of poetry including tenth-century Japanese poet Izumi Shikibu, nineteenth-century English poet John Keats, American writer Walt Whitman, Irish poet William Butler Yeats, French novelist Marcel Proust, American poet Sara Teasdale, and further into the twentieth-century with American writer e. e. cummings, Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas, to contemporary Australian poet, dancer and filmmaker Richard James Allen.
The impetus for Still Night is perfectly captured in Robert White’s eloquent liner notes to John Dowland’s ‘In Darkness Let Me Dwell’, “meditating on a beautiful expression of sadness can help to provide a thoroughly uplifting sense of consolation”.Dedicated to performing original compositions and improvised music, multi-award winning pianist and composer, Andrea Keller has been described as having “one of Australia’s most consistently interesting musical minds” (Doug Spencer, ABC Radio, 2007). With two solo albums under her belt (including the 2007 “Footprints” on ABC Jazz) and a growing body of work traversing styles, Keller will perform a solo set of her original compositions. Gian Slater (voice), Josh Kyle (voice), Julien Wilson (tenor saxophone & bass clarinet), Stephen Magnusson (guitar) and Andrea Keller (piano).Visit www.andreakellerpiano.com.au
Sophie Min is an emerging talent as a jazz pianist and composer who has collaborated with prominent Australian musicians such as Kristin Berardi, John Hoffman, Rafael Karlen, Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Wind Orchestra. She has been a member of Festival, QPAC and City Council Projects. She makes her MWIJF and Melbourne debut in a stunning new collaboration with the virtuosic and always lyrical James Sherlock on guitar.