BFK: Hope In My Pocket

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ANZAC Legacy To Move Audiences  

Cairns, 2nd December, 2015 – In a hauntingly moving tribute to Australian ANZACs, Berardi/Foran/Karlen (BFK) will bring the songs from their debut album, Hope In My Pocket, to the Centre of Contemporary Arts this December. 

Hope In My Pocket is a musical exploration inspired by the powerful experiences and emotions contained throughout the archived written correspondence of ANZAC history. 

Performing for one night only on December 11 will be Kristin Berardi on vocals, pianist Sean Foran and saxophonist Rafael Karlen.

Foran said it was only fitting to release their debut album and tour nationally during the ANZAC Centenary year. 

“We wanted to be sure that we could sensitively address the themes that we found in this history.

“Given that the material we wanted to write was songs we thought the best way to gather material for this was to look at letters.”

Foran said what followed was a number of emotionally draining yet inspirational trips to the Queensland State archives and Queensland State Library. 

“The amount of letters that we looked through over a few days was enormous. Letters from soldiers back to their families, from families to soldiers, from families to the government, from medical personnel, from friends. 

“Our initial concept was to be really wide in our scope but the further we progressed, and the more we looked at all the letters, we realised that a clear list of themes that we felt we needed to explore in the music, were emerging. In order to respect the letters, we needed to interpret them not literally, but thematically.”

Described as intensely intimate, textural and emotional, these themes include hope, fear, separation, loss, love and the conditions of war. 

BFK will perform their songs from Hope in My Pocket at the Centre of Contemporary Arts on Friday, December 11 at 7.30pm. Tickets are $29 for General Admission and $24 for Concession.  For more information or to book visit


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