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Rafael Karlen Quartet

Saxophone Rafael Karlen
Piano Steve Newcomb
Bass wen Newcomb
Drums Joe Marchisella

The Rafael Karlen Quartet features pianist Steve Newcomb, bassist Owen Newcomb, drummer Joe Marchisella and Rafael Karlen on tenor saxophone. They have performed together in a variety of ensembles, most notably the 10-piece West End Composers Collective since 2003.  As a quartet they had their debut performance at the 2014 Brisbane International Jazz Festival where they opened the festival with compositions commissioned by the Jazz Festival and Queensland Week. As performers they have toured and studied throughout Australia, Europe and America and received several Fellowships and awards. Three of the four quartet members are recipients of the prestigious Lord Mayor’s Fellowship for Young and Emerging Artists which enabled them to pursue advanced study overseas. They are all active across a very wide range of musical styles.