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The Australian Voices perform my new work in Melbourne, September 15 

I'm very excited to have The Australian Voices perform a new choral piece of mine in Melbourne on Saturday night. There will be lots of beautiful new music performed by an awesome choir in a gorgeous space- it should be a very lovely evening!

7:00 pm, Saturday 15 September 2018 St James' Old Cathedral 
Batman St, West Melbourne 
Tickets at


Rafael Karlen Quintet at the Foundry in Sydney, August 24 

I’m very excited to be performing with some very awesome Sydney musicians on Friday August 24 at the Foundry. Matilda Abraham, Greg Coffin, Brett Hirst, Hamish Stuart and I will be playing my compositions and arrangements for quintet which will be recorded in October! 

I’m really looking forward to playing with these lovely musicians and I hope to see you there. 


Matilda Abraham - voice 

Greg Coffin - piano 

Brett Hirst - bass 

Hamish Stuart - drums 

Rafael Karlen - saxophone/composition 


More information and tickets can be found below


New Zealand Tour with Kristin Berardi and Sean Foran May 23-28 

I am very excited to play 4 shows in New Zealand next week with the Berardi/Foran/Karlen Trio.

We will perform in Auckland, Wellington and two shows in Christchurch for the Christchurch Jazz Festival.

Woohoo! Please come along and say hi.

More details on each show can be found below:


Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 

7:00 PM 

Creative Jazz Club 

Auckland, New Zealand


Thursday, May 24th, 2018 

7:00 PM 

Wellington Jazz Co-op @ The Pyramid Club 

Wellington, New Zealand


Saturday, May 26th, 2018 

5:00 PM 

Orange stuio 

Christchurch, New Zealand


Sunday, May 27th, 2018 

7:00 PM 

Orange Studio 

Christchurch, New Zealand

Benefit concert for Lynette Irwin at the Brisbane Jazz Club, May 21 

On Monday May 21 many of Queensland's and Australia's finest Jazz musicians will play at the Brisbane Jazz Club for a benefit concert to show our support for the wonderful Lynette Irwin following her period of ill health. I'm very happy to be performing with Kristin Berardi and Sean Foran for a part of this special evening.

Katie Noonan, Zac Hurren, Elly Hoyt, Jamie Clarke and Trichotomy will also be playing. It will be a beautiful evening and all of the proceeds will go to Lynette as a small thank you for all her tireless work and huge contribution to Australian Jazz. Yay!|lynette-irwin-benefit-concert|1142

Crowd Funding campaign for my new Quintet Album 

I am very excited to have received a MatchLab Grant through Creative Partnerships Australia which means that they will match every dollar of the $4000 that I am hoping to raise through the Australian Cultural Fund for this new project.

In mid 2018 I will head into the studio to record my fifth album featuring original material, showcasing many Australia’s finest musicians including Internationally award-winning vocalist Kristin Berardi and renowned pianist Matt McMahon. In addition to recording the 20 minute Arrivals and Prospects Suite, originally commissioned for the Brisbane International Jazz Festival, I will compose 6 new pieces for this album.

Please check out more information below. With your support every dollar donated will be doubled, allowing me to record and document this special and exciting project- woohoo!

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