Andrea Keller Trio performs "clear tones...full of meaning"

Andrea Keller Trio performs "clear tones...full of meaning"
Andrea Keller. Picture by Yun Hu
Wednesday 29 March 2023

On Tuesday 28 March, the Andrea Keller Trio comprising HC Coombs Fellow Andrea Keller (piano), ANU School of Music teacher Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet) and ANU School of Music lecturer John Mackey (saxophone) performed in the Larry Sitsky Recital Room.

Reviewing this concert, Rob Kennedy wrote:

"Keller is more than a fine and original composer; she is an inspired pianist. Music moves her, it speaks to her and through her out comes an array of colourful, clear tones full of meaning.

Bukovsky and Mackey matched equally the subtleties in Keller’s music. They have performed together many times, and their relaxed styles come out in how they sound. Neither overrides the other. There’s always a balance of tone, timing and quantity of time each gets to play. Together, they closely watch each note on their scores. After all, it is a school of music, not a jazz club – it’s composed music.

I like how some works were based on effect. In one piece, a repeated note on the piano was played at different volumes and tempos as the sax and trumpet floated in and out between. This showed an experienced musical mind at work. Someone who is interested in the quality of sound, and not just notes on a page.

Finishing with a lively tune that showed Keller’s inimitable and distinctive style, a work titled “Carefree Days”. I wish more concerts spoke to me the way this one did."

This content was originally published by the CBR City News.


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