Rafael Karlen – The Sweetness of Strings


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Rafael Karlen


Two acclaimed improvising artists alongside an empathetic and interactive string quartet.

About the artists

Rafael Karlen is an award-winning composer and saxophonist. Known for his colourful harmony and engaging melodic lines, he has built a reputation as a dynamic and exciting chamber jazz player. In this special performance, he is joined by celebrated pianist and composer Andrea Keller and the dazzling Partridge String Quartet.

About the concert

Seamlessly drawing together elements from jazz and Western art music, their performance in Primrose Potter Salon showcases skillful composition and tasteful improvisation. The inventive and lyrical playing of the pair, together with colourful string quartet textures intersects to create sonic beauty.

Their performance will see two acclaimed improvising artists alongside an empathetic and interactive string quartet, premiering new works by Karlen alongside his earlier, coveted pieces.

Praise for Rafael Karlen

‘Easily the best part of this gorgeous chamber jazz recording is the way in which compositions sculpt a supreme elegance while allowing improvisors the freedom to do their own thing.’ Dave Sumner

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Rafael Karlen tenor saxophone
Andrea Keller piano
Partridge String Quartet


Rafael Karlen
The Sweetness of Things Half Remembered
Bouncing Nicely
Fading Slowly
New Work 1
New Work 2
New Work 3
If Not Now, When?
Daily List


This production is part of the following series:

Season Three: Illuminate

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.