Caleb Garfinkel
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Welcome to, website and portfolio for Melbourne musician Caleb Garfinkel. Navigate through the menu on the left or use the menu at the top of the page for specific pages. Click to read Caleb’s full bio and CV.

Ocean – John Butler Trio

Performed @ The Oaks Hotel, Albion Park, NSW, January 2012

Gnossienne #1 – Erik Satie
Stand Inside Your Love – Smashing Pumpkins
Spence & Garfinkel – Livin’ on a Prayer (Bon Jovi Cover)

Livin’ on a Prayer cover by Joel Spence & Caleb Garfinkel
Supporting Daryl Braithwaite, 12th October 2012.

Carols by Caleb – Jingle Bells

Carols by Caleb
Based on the arrangement by Ted Greene

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Carols by Caleb
Based on the arrangement by Ted Greene

Teardrop (Massive Attack) Guitar Quartet

Guitar quartet arranged for Kerang Jefferson Quartet.
Arranged, performed and recorded by Caleb Garfinkel.

In The Heights

Caleb is playing bass and guitar in the Australian premiere of In The Heights. 3 weeks only February 20 – March 8

The Big Hoo-Haa

Ongoing: Improvised Comedy Show at Butterfly Club, Melbourne.
The Big Hoo-Haa
Improvised Comedy Show
Butterfly Club, 8pm Fridays
Role: Improvised music soundtracks and atmosphere, DJ and voiceover

Dolly Diamond Big Top

Dolly Diamond Under a Big Top (2015)

Midsumma 2015, Melba Spiegeltent (MD).
Cabaret variety show, featuring 4 piece band, backing and feature singers and jazz sextet.


Studio work completed for shows and clients. Work includes audio production, arranging, engraving and recording.

Corporate Projects

A demonstration (certainly not exhaustive) of projects specially suited for corporate functions, events, weddings, parties and more.

Review: Paul Simon and Sting

Music Review: Paul Simon and Sting
10th February, 2015
Rod Laver Arena

Review: Ben Frost

Music Review: Ben Frost
5th February, 2015
Hi-Fi Bar

Masters Recital 2013 – Guitarscapes (playlist)

Masters Recital – November 27th 2013, Paris Cat Melbourne
Caleb Garfinkel – Guitar, Laptop
Zac Watzon – Bass
Nathan Power – Drums

1. dawn
2. intersect
3. thaw
4. alley
5. commute
6. sunburst

Review: Camille O’Sullivan

Music Review: Camille O’Sullivan – Changeling
22nd January, 2015
Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio

Review: The 1975

Music Review: The 1975
15th January, 2015
Festival Hall

Review: All I Do Is Dream – An Octet Tribute to Duke Ellington

Music Review: All I Do Is Dream – An Octet Tribute to Duke Ellington
Thursday 8th January, 2015 – The Paris Cat
Saturday 10th January, 2015 – The Wesley Anne

Review: Tycho & Rat and Co

Music Review: Tycho with Rat and Co
8th January, 2014
The HiFi, Melbourne

Review: Milky Chance

Music Review: Milky Chance
6th January, 2015
170 Russell

Cantina Band – Star Wars – Guitar Quintet

By John Williams, Arranged by Caleb Garfinkel,
with Stephen Rando, Luke Anticevic, Daniel Muscat, Matthew Erikson, Stephen Hornby, Gordon Graham

Theme from Schindler’s List

Theme from Schindler’s List. Composed by John Williams (composer), arranged John Williams (guitarist).

Us/Let It Go – Michael Leunig

Us & Let It Go written and illustrated by Michael Leunig. Music composed by Gyan
Performed & Arranged by Caleb Garfinkel & Joel Spence, for Michael Leunig In Conversation at Rotunda, Victoria University, 2012.

Review: The Black Sorrows

Music Review: The Black Sorrows
12th December, 2014
Ding Dong

Interview: The Girl With The Gris Gris Rocks Ding Dong

Interview with head chef of Girl With the Gris Gris (Ding Dong), Chris Weysham

Review: The Waifs

Music Review: The Waifs
1st December, 2014
Corner Hotel

Review: The Smith Street Band

Music Review: The Smith Street Band
26th November, 2014
Corner Hotel

Review – Broken Doll

Music Review: Broken Doll
23rd November, 2014
Ding Dong Lounge

Review: The VANNS

What: The VANNS
When: Thursday 20th November
Where: Shebeen

Review: Jimmy Eat World

Music Review: Jimmy Eat World
November 17th, 2014
Forum Theatre

Review: Ricochet

Music Review: Ricochet
14th November, 2014
Gallery One Three

Review: The Idea Of North

The Idea Of North
8th November 2014
Chapel off Chapel

Review – Pierce Brothers

Music Review: Pierce Brothers
Corner Hotel, Richmond
November 7th, 2014

O Web

MAS Presents: Damien Rice’s O

Melbourne Album Series presents a one-off performance of Damien Rice’s 2003 album O.
Featuring 5 piece band, string quartet and vocals from Caleb Garfinkel, Georga Byrne & Diana Emry.

Carols by Caleb 2014

Carols by Caleb

Jazz and classical interpretations of well-loved Christmas Carols.

Honey Pot KaDo

Shows & Events

Upcoming and past events and shows, both that Caleb has been involved in and Musical Directed.

haven 2

HAVEN – Jessi Lewis (2014)

Composer/Sound Designer for Jessi Lewis’ solo dance performance HAVEN.


Alfred Hospital – ED/ICU Soundscape (2013)

Two soundscapes of a hospital Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit.
Produced for the Alfred Hospital, VIC for the Prevention of Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma program (P.A.R.T.Y.).

Bands and Original Projects

Ongoing bands and musical projects Caleb is currently performing as part of or curating.

Review – Augie March

Music Review: Augie March
Howler, Brunswick
31st October 2014
Photos by Jaz Meadows Imagery

Review: Augie March – Haven’s Dumb

Augie March – Haven’s Dumb.
Released through Dark Satanic / Caroline

MAS Image

Melbourne Album Series

One-off performances of pivotal and influential albums.

Dylan Joel – That’s Good

Free Collective/Mixtape album from an exciting up-and-coming hip hop star.

Caleb played guitar on 9 of the 16 tracks, and the album is available for free download.

Kerang Jefferson Quartet

Kerang Jefferson Quartet

Contemporary electric guitar quartet, curated by Kera Jeffery. Repertoire includes film scores, electronica, and original compositions.



Improvised minimalist jazz trio.
Bryce Clark, Caleb Garfinkel, Nathan Power


KaDo Warehouse

In-house musical director for cabaret venue, production house and creative hub, and occasional menagerie.

Acoustic Covers & Originals

Solo acoustic looping covers and original music

Review: Tuba Skinny

Music Review: Tuba Skinny
October 17th, 2014
Melbourne Festival – Foxtel Festival Hub

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Review: The Soul of Aretha

Music Review: The Soul of Aretha
Ding Dong Lounge
October 15th, 2014

Review: Kinfolk

Music Review: Kinfolk
Northcote Social Club
Tuesday October 14, 2014

Review: Thirsty Merc

Music Review: Thirsty Merc – 10 Year Anniversary Tour
October 9th, 2014
Melbourne Public


Solo laptop/guitar electronic and ambient project.

Honey Pot KaDo

Honey Pot

A melting pot of music, comedy, theatre and cabaret curated by Matthew Grant and Caleb Garfinkel (MD).

Review: Through the Looping Glass

Music Review: Through the Looping Glass by Helen Bower
October 1st, 2014
Feat Theatre, Preston
2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival

Featuring compositions by: Max Perryment (UK), Grace Hugh Robbins (NSW), Charles MacInnes (VIC), Ade Vincent (VIC)

Review: Veruca Salt

Music Review: Veruca Salt
September 30th, 2014
Corner Hotel

Solo Instrumental Guitar

Instrumental guitar renditions, as background or feature performance. Classical, jazz, folk, acoustic and more.

Review: Jennifer Kingwell – The Ninth Wave

Music Review: Jennifer Kingwell – The Ninth Wave
September 20th, 2014
The Lithuanian Club
2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Pop Will Eat Itself

Music Review: Pop Will Eat Itself
September 7th, 2014
The Hi-Fi Bar, Melbourne

Review: Nonpoint – The Return (LP)

CD Review: Nonpoint – The Return
Razor & Tie, US
Metal Blade Records, International

Review: Mi-Sex

Music Review: Mi-Sex – Peep Show Tour
August 23rd, 2014
Ding Dong Lounge

Review: Sensaround

Music Review: Sensaround – Isotropes Album Launch
August 9th, 2014
Long Play

Review: Wayne Hancock

Music Review: Wayne Hancock
August 6th, 2014
Ding Dong Lounge

Review: Clockwise – Dancing World EP

EP Review: Clockwise – Dancing World
Released through ABC/Universal

Review: Rita Satch

Music Review: Rita Satch
Ding Dong Lounge
July 9th, 2014

Photo Nicole Cleary

Review: Jeff Lang

Music Review: Jeff Lang Album Launch
July 5th, 2014
Thornbury Theatre

Performance, Pedals and Preparedness

I’ve taken a bit of time away from blogging to sort out what exactly it is I do creatively, and therefore what knowledge I can actually add to the plethora of content that’s already written. Over the past few years I’ve found that my interests haven’t exactly changed, but have found directions and strengthened. It Read more

The Theme From (2011)

Soundtrack to The Theme From

72 Hour Film Festival, 2011

Director: John Erasmus; Writer: Paul Knox; Producer: Wallis Murphy-Munn


Aladdin Jr (2012)

Student Orchestra Arrangement for Sunbury Downs Secondary College performance of Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Mag Oak

The Magical Oak Tree (2011)

Composition and Musical Direction for children’s puppet show, produced by The Puppet Box, 2011.

Triple J and Women in Popular Music

As part of an Honours research essay in 2010 I looked at the role and equality of female musicians in today’s contemporary popular music scene. My initial intent was to focus on female instrumentalists in jazz and contemporary, to assess the gross gender imbalances between men and women in regards to playing instruments, as opposed Read more

Frogs in my Head

Caleb Garfinkel – Frogs in my Head (2007)

Folk, Pop, Rock

With Steven Cannatelli (bass), Jaz Meadows (drums), Yanina Oliver (voice, credited as Yanina Paccioco), Finn O’Sullivan (piano) and Dean Riffatt (didgeridoo)