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Mr Tom O'Halloran

Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 9370 6659, Mobile: +61 8 93706659, Email: t.ohalloran@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML2.110
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9370 6659
Mobile: +61 8 93706659
Email: t.ohalloran@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML2.110  

 

Background

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.

Qualifications

  • Master of Music (Composition), The University of Sydney, 2012.
  • Bachelor of Music (Performance) in Jazz, Edith Cowan University, 1998.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • O'Halloran, T., (2014), Drumkit (for 6 pianos). Infinite Ivories, WAAPA, Music Auditorium, Tom O'Halloran.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2014), Memory of Elements - Now Noise. Memory of Elements - Major Body of Compositions 2014, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • 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, WAAPA.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2013), Going Solo Piano Series. Going Solo Piano Series - O'Halloran/ISSACS, The Sound Lounge, Chippendale, Sydney, Sydney Improvised Music Association Inc.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2013), Flying Lesson (score). Horizon Art Orchestra, Flying Lesson, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, Perth Jazz Society.
  • O'Halloran, T., Karlsson, S., (2017), Passage. In-SITU 2017, St. George’s Cathedral, Perth., STRUT Dance Organisation.
  • Vanderwal, B., O'Halloran, T., (2017), Subverting notions of intensity and genre within jazz - My Name is Nobody., 2017 Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival .
  • O'Halloran, T., (2016), Strategies for increased polyphony in jazz piano accompaniment., Perth International Jazz Festival .
  • O'Halloran, T., Zwartz, J., Mannell, E., (2015), Soundgun - 2015 Perth International Jazz Festival. 2015 Perth International Jazz Festival, Northbridge Piazza.
  • O'Halloran, T., Roberts, T., Alderson, D., Fisenden, A., (2014), Void @ PIJF. 2014 Perth International Jazz Festival, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Alderson, D., Susnjar, D., (2014), Tom O'Halloran Trio at the 2014 Perth International Jazz Festival. Perth International Jazz Festival 2014, Urban Orchard, Perth.
  • Vinson, W., Oehlers, J., O'Halloran, T., Boneham, A., Vanderwal, B., (2014), Will Vinson/Jamie Oehlers Quartet at the Ellington. Will Vinson live at the Ellington, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, Wil Vinson.
  • Oehlers, J., O'Halloran, T., Susnjar, D., (2014), Jamie Oehlers Trio - Beaufort Street Festival and PJS at the Laneway. Beaufort Street Festival 2014 and PJS at the Laneway, The City of Stirling Stage, Perth and The Laneway, Perth.
  • Harrod, T., O'Halloran, T., Zwartz, J., Mannell, E., (2014), Tina Harrod - Live at The Ellington Jazz Club. Tina Harrod - Live at The Ellington Jazz Club, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Wood, G., O'Halloran, T., Hopkins, J., Winton, H., Claudio, R., (2014), Rachel Claudio Live at The Ellington 2014. Rachel Claudio Live at The Ellington, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, Rachel Claudio.
  • Vanderwal, B., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Florisson, K., Mendes, M., Rojas, G., (2014), Quinteto Sao Paulo featuring Giorgio Rojas. Quinteto Sao Paulo featuring Giorgio Rojas, Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Berstein, P., O'Halloran, T., Susnjar, D., Abbey, N., (2014), Peter Berstein at the Perth International Jazz Festival. 2014 Perth International Jazz Festival, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Davies, K., McGlynn, M., Stewart, B., Grafton, Z., Harrison, D., (2014), WAAPA Jazz Ensemble - Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2014. Free Jazz at Fed Square (Melbourne International Jazz Festival), Federation Square, Melbourne.
  • O'Halloran, T., Zwartz, J., Mannell, E., Harrod, T., (2014), Soundgun Album Launch at Venue 505. Soundgun, Venue 505, Sydney.
  • Arena, T., O'Halloran, T., (2014), Merci Down Under. Merci Down Under - WW1 Centenary, Governor's House Ballroom, Perth.
  • Oehlers, J., O'Halloran, T., Susnjar, D., Bernstein, P., (2014), Peter Bernstein with Jamie Oehlers Trio. Peter Bernstein with Jamie Oehler's Trio at the Perth International Jazz Festival, Cultural Centre, Perth, PIJF.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., (2014), TLC Organ Trio. TLC Organ Trio, Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2014), Tom O'Halloran solo piano - WAAPA Lunch-time Concert. WAAPA Lunchtime Concert, WAAPA.
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., (2014), O'Halloran/Vanderwal duo - The Ellington. Tom O'Halloran and Ben Vanderwal, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Roberts, T., O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., Alderson, D., Jago, T., (2014), Nu-Jive - Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Bennett's Lane, Melbourne.
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., Florisson, K., Mendes, M., Tarr, C., (2014), Quinteto São Paulo - 2014 Performances. Quinteto São Paulo, The Terrace Hotel.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Mackey, C., Gander, A., (2014), Andrew Gander @ the Ellington., Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • 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., Roberts, T., Alderson, D., Fisenden, A., (2013), Void. Perth International Jazz Festival 2013, 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, Freddie Grigson.
  • O'Halloran, T., Undy, C., Mannell, E., Maegraith, R., (2013), 2013 Jazzgroove Summer Festival. Fourth Annual Jazzgroove Summer Festival, Tom Mann Theatre, Sydney, Jazzgroove.
  • 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.
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., (2013), Musical Conversations: The Art of The Duo. PJS November Laneway Sessions, The Laneway Lounge, Perth, The Perth Jazz Society.
  • Tarr, C., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., (2013), TLC Organ Trio at the Ellington., The Ellington Jazz Club, 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.
  • Pooley, P., O'Halloran, T., Nin, C., (2013), Caroline Nin: Hymne a Piaf. Hymne a Piaf, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
  • 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., Bergersen, H., Jeavons, P., Tarr, C., (2013), Tom O'Halloran Trio and Heath Bergersen. Perth International Jazz Festival, Weld Square, 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, James Flynn.
  • Jeans, S., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Susnjar, D., (2013), JOGS at the Ellington. Ellington Jazz Club performance, Ellington Jazz Club, Freddie Grigson & Simon Jeans.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2013), Horizon Art Orchestra and Tom O'Halloran. New Music Network 2013 series, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, Perth Jazz Society.
  • 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., Jeavons, P., (2013), Natilie Dietz in Concert., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, Natilie Dietz.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2014), Infinite Ivories. Infinite Ivories, WAAPA Music Auditorium, Tom O'Halloran.
  • O'Halloran, T., (2013), Mingus, Monk and Miles. Jazz in the Theatre 2013 - Mingus Monk and Miles, The Geoff Gibbs Theatre, WAAPA, Tom O'Halloran.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Self-accompaniment And Improvisation In Solo Jazz Piano: Practice-led Investigations Of Assimilation, Ostinatos And 'hand Splitting'
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