Lecturers in Focus: Berardi/Foran/Karlen

Berardi/Foran/Karlen is a group featuring three of Australia's most awarded and inventive young musicians, known for their clear personal aesthetic and artistic voice. Sean Foran, one of the band members, is the head of music here at JMC Brisbane, and Rafael Karlen lectures alongside. 

Their debut album “HOPE IN MY POCKET” features songs that explore themes of hope, fear, separation, loss, love, and conditions of war, using elements of jazz and folk music in an intensely intimate and moving way. It will be released nationally on Brisbane label Pinnacles Music in late 2015 with performances around the country in selected metropolitan and regional locations.

Who are they?

Sean Foran - is known primarily for his work with the contemporary music trio Trichotomy (formerly Misinterprotato) with which he has released 5 albums of original music nationally & internationally.  He has received the prestigious Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Emerging Artist Fellowship, the APRA Professional Development award for Jazz and has been and AIR and Bell award finalist. He has toured to the UK, Europe, Japan, Canada, China, and around Australia. Perhaps most importantly, Sean is Head of Contemporary Music Performance at JMC Academy Brisbane. 

Kristin Berardi - is a one of Australia's first calls when it comes to Jazz singing. Her accolades include winning the Montreux Jazz Festival's International Vocal Competition in 2006, supporting Al Jarreau and George Benson at Montreux Jazz Festival 2007, winning the National Freedman Fellowship 2007, receiving two National Australian Bell Award for the Best Jazz Vocal Album for 2010 and 2012 and most recently winning the 2012 National Jazz Vocal Award at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. She has toured to the USA, Europe, South America and around Australia

Rafael Karlen- is also a recipient of the prestigious Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Emerging Artist Fellowship, and was a finalist in the 2009 Bell Awards for both Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year and Best Jazz Composition of the Year categories. In 2009 He received a Q150 Composer Commission, and was the Composer-in-residence with the West Australia Youth Jazz Orchestra. Recently he was nominated for the Freedman Fellowship from the Music Council of Australia

The Album 

To commemorate the ANZAC legacy and explore the powerful experiences and emotions contained in the correspondence of men & women involved in our military past, they’re creating a series of new musical works for piano, voice and saxophone drawing inspiration from ANZAC letters. 

When can you see them play?

They’ve got some shows booked around the time of the album release - 
Noosa Jazz Festival - Sept
Brisbane - Oct
Sydney - Oct
Melbourne - Oct
Bangalow - Nov
Cairns - Dec

Congratulations, and we're pretty excited to hear their new project. 

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