Melbourne based pianist & composer Andrea Keller is celebrating new collaborations as part of her HC Coombs Fellowship at ANU Canberra in 2022.
This performance will feature new compositions by Keller for trio with saxophonist John Mackey and trumpeter Miroslav Bukovsky. The trio’s music will be interspersed with solo piano sets by three emerging creative pianists in Ronan Apcar, Caleb Campbell, and Elliot Kozary.
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, having devised and led almost twenty projects over her career to date.
In addition to her own projects, she is part of numerous collaborations, 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, recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, 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 runs the educational program Gender Defying Jazz and is Head of Jazz & Improvisation at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne.
Miroslav Bukovsky is a jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator. After graduating from Conservatorium in Czechoslovakia he came to Australia in 1968 as a refugee following the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. After decades teaching and performing in Sydney, in 1999 Miro commenced teaching at the Canberra School of Music (later ANU School of Music), teaching trumpet, improvisation, composition, arranging and ensemble performance, including a period as Head of Jazz Department.
Miro has performed with many distinguished artists and ensembles including, for Thelonious Monk in 1972; Daly Wilson Big Band; Renee Geyer; Mark Simmonds Free Boppers; Jackie Orszaczky’s Jump Back Jack; Eurogliders; The Australian Crawl; Jimmy Barnes. He was a founding member of John Pochee’s Ten Part Invention; the Australian Art Orchestra, co-led the Komeda Project with Andrea Keller; Wanderlust; Emil Viklicky, and more. He has toured and recorded extensively throughout his career, winning an ARIA award for the debut album from his ensemble Wanderlust.
John Mackey, a renowned Australian saxophonist, recording artist, and educator, began playing professionally at age 14. John is a music lecturer at the ANU School of Music, (2000 – present).
Mackey has performed with international artists including Nat Adderley, BB King, Ray Charles, Johnny Griffin, Phil Wilson, Dame Kiri Tekanawa, Woody Herman, Toshiko Akyoshi, Lee Tabackin, Richie Cole, Red Rodney, Eddie Henderson, Roy Hargrove, Kenny Werner, Bob Mintzer, Mark Levine, Julian Arguelles, Emil Viklicky, Kendrick Scott and Kurt Elling. National artists include Dale Barlow, Virgil Donati, James Morrison, Bob Sedergreen, Andrea Keller, Mark Isaacs, Don Burrows, Mike Nock, James Muller, Sam Keevers, Matt McMahon, Carl Mackey, Stephen Magnusson, David Jones, Sandy Evans, Jamie Oehlers, Vince Jones, Bernie McGann, John Pochee, Miroslav Bukovsky and many more.
John has been an invited soloist on many albums over a period 33 years.
In 2021, European label Galen, released the 2018 ABC Live at Wangaratta recording of the Emil Viklicky Trio, featuring Czech pianist Emil Viklicky, Miroslav Bukovsky on trumpet/flugelhorn and John Mackey on tenor saxophone.
Solo piano sets by emerging local pianists
Caleb Campbell has studied piano since he was five years old, and although he started his training in classical piano, he now predominantly plays jazz and contemporary styles. He has a wide range of musical experience and regularly gigs around Canberra with jazz and contemporary groups as well as a soloist. He has been involved in musical theatre as well and recently was Musical Director for Canberra Philharmonic’s production of Jersey Boys, among other productions. He recently finished studying at the Australian National University and teaches piano to many students around Canberra.
Elliot has been learning piano for the past sixteen years with
a focus on classical piano, but as of 2021 has transitioned to studying his passion for jazz piano at the ANU school of music.
Ronan Apcar is a young and emerging Australian pianist and composer with a passion for modern and contemporary music. His experience and fluency across all kinds of music – jazz to the avant-garde, classical to house music – translates into his exciting work as a musician and has seen him described as “a talent far beyond his age” (Limelight Magazine). Best known for his work with new music – particularly by Australian composers – Ronan has performed in concerts, festivals, and venues of all sorts across Canberra, Sydney and regional NSW and is in-demand as a collaborative musician and artist.