ABOUT | BFK Trio
"If you have not heard Kristin Berardi sing, rush to do so. She is probably the finest jazz singer Australia has produced..." - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
"The balance between composition and improvisation gives the ear a bit of structure to rely upon while keeping on its toes. Most of all, this music is about as beautiful as it gets (Rafael Karlen -Sweetness of things half-remembered)" - WONDERING SOUND
"a gifted pianist with abundant ideas and the technique to go with them (Sean Foran)" - IRISH TIMES
Kristin Berardi, Sean Foran and Rafael Karlen are all highly creative musicians, known for their clear personal aesthetic and artistic voice. Highly awarded nationally and internationally as performers and composers, their combined experience is formidable with performances around the world at the Montreux, Tokyo, and Bremen Jazz Festivals, and tours to the US, UK, Europe, Japan, China, Korea and more. The music of this group is unlike anything they have each produced before and draws on sounds from modern jazz, European folk music and classical music. You may hear influences from jazz masters such as Kenny Wheeler, Bobo Stenson and Norma Winstone alongside the sounds of Debussy and Joni Mitchell. Intensely intimate, textural and emotional, the music of Berardi/Foran/Karlen draws you close, at times a whisper, the lush piano harmonies merging with Berardi’s sublime vocal lines and Karlen’s engaging melodic interplay. The intuitiveness of the improvising within the trio is stunning, with an interactive group sound featuring in the music.
Their debut album “Hope in My Pocket” was the winner of the QLD Music Award for Jazz in 2016 and the APRA/Australian Music Centre QLD State Award for Excellence in Jazz at the Art Music Awards and in 2017 they collaborated with the acclaimed vibraphonist Pascal Schumacher (Luxembourg) with performance at the Melbourne and Brisbane Jazz Festivals, and a recording of new music due for release in mid 2019.
Throughout 2018 and 2019, they perform around Australia and tour New Zealand.