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Mr Tom O'Halloran


Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 93706659, Mobile: +61 8 93706659, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML1.223
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  93706659  
Mobile: +61 8 93706659  
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML1.223  



Tom O’Halloran leads the Jazz Piano department at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University, and currently holds a Master of Music in classical composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Bachelor of Jazz (Performance) from WAAPA. He is a regularly commissioned composer and lectures in jazz composition, as well as improvisation, ensemble studies and piano workshop.

He has most recently performed a two piano duo concert with Graham Wood - complete with two Fazioli grand pianos - for which he was commissioned to compose. The resulting piece was Dissolve, for two pianos, and further explores interruption and chromatic saturation, synthesised with jazz interaction and improvisation.

He also recently presented a paper entitled 'Gesture and Emotion: Pre-composition and improvisation' at the 2011 Musicological Society of Australia’s Power of Music academic conference in Perth, Australia.

His Masters thesis is entitled 'Sustained Aspects and Precursors: Toward a Stylistic Synthesis', and it discusses several of his compositions in terms of architecture, harmonic and rhythmicproperties, and the underlying trend in his music toward integration of jazz and art music concepts and techniques. Included pieces are 'Beyond the 26th Parallel', written for large chamber ensemble, 'Benevolent Apocalypse', for orchestra.

His overseas performances have included the Houston International Jazz Festival, the IAJE festival in New York, Villa Celimontana in Italy, Dubai, UAE where he played with the Dubai Philharmonic Orchestra, and club dates in New Zealand. Tom has two jazz trio records to his name, released through the Sydney based Jazzgroove Records label. His latest album 'We Happy Few' won the 2009 Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Limelight Magazine award for best jazz achievement.

He is part of the exciting new Perth group Memory of Elements, and contributes compositions alongside Jamie Oehlers (saxophone), Carl Makey (saxophone), Simon Jeans (guitar), Pete Jeavons (bass) and Ben Vanderwal (drums). They performed at the 2011 Wangaratta Jazz Festival and completed a national tour. When living in Sydney he formed the new band 'Soundgun', comprised of Jonathan Zwartz (double-bass) and Evan Mannell (drums). They debuted the group at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in 2008 and have recorded for ABC Jazz Radio.

He plays a myriad of styles, and recently arranged all the music for the concert series 'JONI' - a Joni Mitchell tribute that was staged at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne and Brisbane, starring Katie Noonan and Wendy Matthews.

Staff Qualifications

  • MMus (Master of Music), The University of Sydney, 2012 .
  • BMus (Bachelor of Music), Edith Cowan University, 1998 .

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Creative Works

  • O'Halloran, T., (2013), Going Solo Piano Series. Going Solo Piano Series - O'Halloran/ISSACS, The Sound Lounge, Chippendale, Sydney.
  • O'Halloran, T., Rammers, S., (2013), Night Cap Session with Shaun Rammers and Tom O'Halloran. Night Cap Session with Shaun Rammers and Tom O'Halloran, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2013), Improvised pieces, solo Performance. Lunchtime Concert 2013 , The Jazz Studio, WAAPA.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2013), Flying Lesson (score). Horizon Art Orchestra, Flying Lesson, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2010), Memory of Elements compositions. Memory of Elements featuring Jamie Oehlers Sextet, Perth Jazz Society.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2010), Dissolve - score. Dissolve, Perth, WA.
  • O'Halloran, T., Undy, C., Mannell, E., Maegraith, R., (2013), 2013 Jazzgroove Summer Festival. Fourth Annual Jazzgroove Summer Festival, Tom Mann Theatre, Sydney.
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., (2013), Musical Conversations: The Art of The Duo. PJS November Laneway Sessions, The Laneway Lounge, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Roberts, T., Jago, T., Alderson, D., Fisenden, A., (2013), Troy Roberts Nu-Jive. Perth International Jazz Festival, Brookfield Place, Weld Square, Perth .
  • O'Halloran, T., Roberts, T., Alderson, D., Fisenden, A., (2013), Void. Perth International Jazz Festival 2013, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Bergersen, H., Jeavons, P., Tarr, C., (2013), Tom O'Halloran Trio and Heath Bergersen. Perth International Jazz Festival, Weld Square, Perth .
  • O'Halloran, T., Alderson, D., Fisenden, A., (2013), Jam Sessions with the Tom O'Halloran Trio. Perth International Jazz Festival, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Rogers, G., Murray, R., (2013), Glenn Rogers Trio., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Pooley, P., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Flynn, J., Millard, P., Walker, R., (2013), James Flynn "Reflections" CD launch. James Flynn "Reflections" CD launch, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., (2013), Music for visual art. Genesis in the Hills, Genesis in the Hills Vegetarian Cafe and Restaurant.
  • Jeans, S., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Susnjar, D., (2013), JOGS at the Ellington. Ellington Jazz Club performance, Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Pooley, P., O'Halloran, T., Nin, C., (2013), Caroline Nin: Hymne a Piaf. Hymne a Piaf, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
  • O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Tarr, C., (2013), Tom O'Halloran Trio at the 2013 Perth International Jazz Festival. Perth International Jazz Festival 2013, Cultural Centre, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2013), Horizon Art Orchestra and Tom O'Halloran. New Music Network 2013 series , The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., Florrison, K., Mendes, M., (2013), Quintet San Paolo., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., (2013), TLC Organ Trio at the Ellington., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., (2013), Natilie Dietz in Concert., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Gioia, A., Florisson, K., Ainsworth, B., (2013), The Alan Corbet Fund and PJS present Andrew Gioia Quartet., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • McGregor, A., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Jeavons, P., (2012), Ali McGregor's Alchemy. Fringe Festival, Perth - Alchemy , The West Australian Idolize Spiegeltent.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2012), Tenors Un Limited., The Octagon Theatre.
  • O'Halloran, T., Walker, R., (2012), The Collaboratory with Ray Walker and Tom O?Halloran. The Perth Jazz Society Presents The Collaboratory with Ray Walker and Tom O?Halloran, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Phillips, C., Pitt, S., (2012), Deuces with Cristal Phillips and Solomon Pitt. Deuces, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Wood, G., O'Halloran, T., Falle, B., Gregory, J., Caton, C., (2012), Late Night Grooves with Jeremy Gregory and Cian Caton. Jeremy Gregory and Cian Caton, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Cowlishaw, B., O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Susnjar, D., Gioia, A., (2012), Briana Cowlishaw., The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Morgan, H., O'Halloran, T., Sandon, J., Vanderwal, B., (2012), Ben Vanderwal and Howie Morgan., The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Hurst, R., (2012), Robert Hurst ? Perth Winter Arts Festival. The Ellington Winter Jazz Fest, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Susnjar, D., (2012), Downstairs at the Maj - Tom O?Halloran Jazz Trio. The Perth Jazz Society Presents: The Piano, His Majesty's Theatre.
  • Torrance, V., O'Halloran, T., Jeans, S., Sandon, J., Florisson, K., Falle, B., (2012), JAZZWA Showcase 2012. JAZZWA and WAM present 2012 JAZZWA Showcase, The Bakery, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B., (2012), Beaufort Bop - O'Halloran, Oehlers, Vanderwal. Beaufort Bop, Defectors Bar, Mount Lawley, Western Australia.
  • Jodrell, M., O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Robbie, I., Susnjar, D., (2012), Daniel Susnjar Afro Peruvian Quintet. Daniel Susnjar Afro Peruvian Jazz Quintet Featuring Matt Jodrell , The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Kyle, J., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Coffin, S., (2012), Josh Kyle - Perth Winter Arts Festival., The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Lynton, C., O'Halloran, T., Eastman, R., (2012), Tribute to Larry Carlton and Robben Ford. Cliff Lynton Band Tribute to Larry Carlton and Robben Ford, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., King, P., Jeavons, P., (2012), Penny King Trio - Sunday Serenades., City of Joondalup Civic Chambers.
  • O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., (2012), Kristin Berardi at the Ellington 2012. Kristin Berardi at the Ellington, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Sandon, J., Grigson, F., Tarr, C., (2012), TLC and James Sandon. TLC Organ Trio with James Sandon, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Susnjar, D., (2012), Art Gallery of Western Australia Nights at the Gallery: The Tom O'Halloran Trio. Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters, The Art Gallery of Western Australia.
  • O'Halloran, T., Abbey, N., Tarr, C., Coffin, S., (2012), Sean Coffin. Sean Coffin, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Roberts, T., O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Fisenden, A., (2011), Troy Roberts Quartet. Perth Winter Arts Festival with Troy Roberts, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Greig, J., Pigneguy, M., Jeans, S., Tanner, P., Mackey, C., Jeavons, P., O'Halloran, T., Robbie, I., (2011), The Awakenings Ensemble. The Awakenings Ensemble, The Ellington.
  • O'Halloran, T., Gillespie, N., (2011), Natalie Gillespie - Michael Buble support show., Sandalford Winery, Swan Valley.
  • Wood, G., O'Halloran, T., (2011), Piano Perspectives. CD Release JAZZWA Commissioned Work, Government House Ballroom.
  • O'Halloran, T., Oehlers, J., Mackey, C., Jeans, S., Jeavons, P., Vanderwal, B., (2011), Memory of Elements National Tour 2011., Australian Jazz Clubs.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2011), 2011 WAAPA All-Star Big Band Musical Director/Pianist., Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
  • O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Susnjar, D., (2011), 2011 Tom O'Halloran Trio National Tour., Austraian Jazz Clubs.
  • O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Susnjar, D., (2011), 2011 Freedman Fellowship., Sydney Opera House.
  • Torrance, V., Booth, P., O'Halloran, T., (2011), Victoria Newton/Paul Booth Project. Victoria Newton and Paul Booth, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Gioia, A., Little, S., (2011), Andrew Gioia Sean Little with Tom O'Halloran., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Florisson, K., O'Halloran, T., Boaden, D., (2011), Pat Metheny Tribute at the Perth Jazz Society. A Tribute to Pat Metheny, The Charles Hotel, North Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Muller, J., Zwartz, J., Mannell, E., (2011), James Muller and Soundgun - 2011 Sydney Fringe Festival., 505.
  • O'Halloran, T., Curnow, K., Grigson, F., (2011), Katherine Curnow - 26th May 2011., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Tarr, C., (2011), TLC Organ Trio - 2011 Jazz Club Sets., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Tarr, C., (2011), 2011 Beaufort Street Festival., Beaufort Street (outdoor), Mount Lawley, Perth..
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., (2011), Tom O'Halloran WAAPA Lunchtime Concert - 18th April 2011., Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
  • Mackey, C., O'Halloran, T., Anning, S., Vanderwal, B., Jeavons, P., (2011), Carl Mackey - 11:11. 11:11 CD Launch, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Oehlers, J., Mackey, C., Jeavons, P., Jeans, S., Vanderwal, B., (2011), Memory of Elements. Memory of Elements Live, Charles Hotel.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2010), Tom O'Halloran Tour 2010. Tom O'Halloran Trio, Selected Australian venues.
  • O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Susnjar, D., (2010), Tom O'Halloran Trio. Tom O'Halloran , The Ellington.
  • O'Halloran, T., Zwartz, J., Slater, P., Maegraith, R., Hevia, F., Stuart, H., (2010), Jonathan Zwartz Ensemble. Wangarratta Jazz Festival-Jonathan Zwartz Ensemble, St Patrick's Hall.
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., Oceans, L., (2010), Lucky Oceans,Tom O'Halloran and Ben Vanderwal. Lucky Oceans,Tom O'Halloran and Ben Vanderwal, The Ellington.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2010), WAAPA All Star Big Band - Director. WAAPA All Star Big Band, Music Auditorium, Edith Cowan University.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2010), Tom O'Halloran. Jazz in Central Park, Perth CBD.
  • Wood, G., O'Halloran, T., Bodycoat, A., (2010), Minor Major Marlene. Cabaret Soiree Carnivalle, His Majesty's Theatre.
  • O'Halloran, T., Waples, B., Firth, T., Hogan, J., (2009), Tom O'Halloran Trio-We Happy Few. Jazzgroove Records presents the Tom O'Halloran Trio launch of We Happy Few, The Basement, Sydney.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2009), JONI - A Tribute to the Legendary Joni Mitchell - transcriptions of 18 works. Major Concert Series, Sydney Opera House.
  • O'Halloran, T., Mannell, E., Zwartz, J., (2009), Soundgun. 8 o'clock Sharp, The Cafe Church Space, Glebe.
  • O'Halloran, T., Susnjar, D., Jeavons, P., (2009), We happy Few - CD. We Happy Few, Glebe, NSW.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2009), Hymne a Piaf - Director. Cabaret Concert Series, The Vanguard, Newtown.
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., (2011), Train Lullaby (music for film)., Crank Recording, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Oehlers, J., Mackey, C., Jeavons, P., Jeans, S., Vanderwal, B., (2011), Memory of Elements Live. MoE (Memory of Elements), Charles Hotel.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2013), Mingus, Monk and Miles. Jazz in the Theatre 2013 - Mingus Monk and Miles, The Geoff Gibbs Theatre, WAAPA.
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