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Rafael Karlen Quintet at JMI Live, November 15

On Thursday, November 15 I will be joined by many of Brisbane’s finest improvising musicians for an evening of lyrical and creative original music at JMI Live. For this performance we will be playing my new compositions from my newly…

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Workshops in Cape York

I'm looking forward to working with students from the Community of Coen as part of the Queensland Music Festival Cape York Music Program. This is a initiative aiming to provide an opportunity for students to gain instrumental music experiences on…

Play with Stu Hunter and Jonathan Zwartz

It was a pleasure playing in a trio with the beautiful Stu Hunter and Jonathan Zwartz for an intimate house concert.

I had been wanting to connect with both of these lovely musicians for a while so I'm really…

New album recording!

Over October 20 and 21, I will be recording an album of my new material for Quintet featuring many of may favourite musicians.

I'm thrilled to have these amazing musicians bringing my music to life
Kristin Berardi - voice …

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String quartet reading session of new works

I was very happy to hear my new pieces for string quartet come to life during a reading session by a very lovely quartet featuring:

Glenn Christensen - violin

Ike See - violin

Nathan Greentree - viola

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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…

New video section

I have finally added a video section to this website. A small selection of videos from projects ranging from chamber orchestra, small jazz groups, big bands and footage from recording sessions can be found below

https://rafaelkarlen.com/video