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Rafael Karlen Gelli

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Queensland Arts - Performing > Music
The Dame Roma Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to undertake study in contemporary music composition, performance and ensemble directing - USA, Holland, Denmark, Germany, UK, Norway, Sweden
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Highlights

  • Observing Vince Mendoza rehearse and perform with the Metropole Orchestra.
  • Observing Jim McNeely rehearse and perform with Lionel Loueke and the HR Big Band.
  • Observing Palle Mikkelborg rehearse, record and perform with the Danish Radio Big Band.
  • Having private lessons or meetings with many of my musical heroes including Vince Mendoza, Jim McNeely, Dave Douglas, Tony Malaby, Darcy James Argue, John Metcalfe, Jason Rebello, Tim Garland, Arild Andersen, Tord Gustavsen, Christian Wallumrod, Trygve Seim, Magnus Lindgren, Julia Hulesmann, Florian Ross, Karl-Martin Almqvist and Ann-Sophie Söderqvist.
  • Meeting and talking to colleagues and fellow musicians around the world to discuss their general approach to life and music and how they make things go around while pursuing creative goals.
  • Attending dozens of concerts including performances by The NY Philharmonic and London Symphony orchestras, Keith Jarrett, The Vanguard Orchestra and the Danish Radio Big Band.
  • Visiting major art galleries and museums around the world.

 Major lessons

Knowledge and advice that I gained through the project included:

  • Advice and insights on effectively rehearsing, leading and directing contemporary music ensembles of the highest international standard
  • Compositional guidance and insights from many of Europe and America’s most exciting contemporary composers of Jazz and Improvised music.
  • Advice and insights on advanced performance from Internationally recognised musicians
  • Exposure to a higher concentration of professional guidance, lessons, rehearsals and a constant influx of stimulus and inspiration than what is available here in Australia.

 

 

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