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Creative Development Residency  

In late June/early July I will be undertaking a creative residency with some very fine and diverse artists in South East Queensland.

In preparation for the Arts Ablaze Festival in October, 7 artists will spend time together exploring music from each other's heritage and aim to find a common ground.

This will be a lot of fun as the musicians are all very lovely

Tenzin Choegyal - voice and dranyen

Andre Veivers - classical and flamenco guitar

Kacey Patrick - voice

Jarred Fogarty - didgeridoo

Rebecca Karlen - violin, nyckelharpa, voice

John Reeves - accordion

Rafael Karlen - saxophone



Awarded PPCA/Australia Council Recording Grant!!! 

I'm very excited and grateful to have been awarded a PPCA/Australia Council Recording Grant. The funding will support a big project in 2020 with Camerata, The Australian Voices and myself for an extended work exploring concepts of sinking cities and erasing history. Woohoo!

Workshops with the Queensland Music Festival 

I'm looking forward to working with students from the Communities of Aurukun, Coen and Hopevale 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 par with metropolitan schools.

Our finale concert will be at the amazing Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival

Artist in Residence in Bundanon, May, 2019 

It was a pleasure to be Artist in Residence in Bundanon, NSW in May where I was able to focus on creating new music in the very inspiring Musician's Cottage.

This is an amazing place that belonged to and was gifted by renowned painter Artur Boyd and is a haven for creative artists, including painters, musicians, choreographers, writers, kangaroos and wombats.

Feature articles in the Australian Music Centre's Resonate Magazine and the Music Trust's Loudmouth Magazine 

I was happy to have two feature articles in the Australian Music Centre's Resonate Magazine and the Music Trust's Loudmouth Magazine.

Both articles talk about my activities in 2018 during my Prelude Residency in the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House. They each have a different focus.

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 recorded album alongside material from my previous album Trace. I'm looking forward to this.

Toby Wren – guitar 

Sean Foran – piano 

Zac Sakrewksi – bass 

Joe Marchisella- drums 

Rafael Karlen – saxophone and composition

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