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Mr Christopher Tarr

Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9304 6790
Email: c.tarr@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML1.122  

Christopher is a Lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Current teaching

  • MUS1314 - Principal Study
  • MUS1306,1315 - Jazz History and Culture 1&2
  • MUS1312,1321 - Special Projects
  • MUS1311,1320 - Large Ensemble
  • MUS1313,1322 - Repertoire Ensemble
  • CUSMLT402A - Articulate ideas about music
  • CUAMPF408 - Develop performance techniques on a second instrument, Drum Set and Piano

Background

After completing his Bachelor of Music with Distinction in 1991, Chris went on to post graduate study at North Texas University, studying drum set and percussion with world renown jazz educator, Ed Soph. During his time at North Texas, Chris attended clinics with David Garibaldi, Jim Chapin, Adam Nassbaum, John Robinson and Bill Stewart, and was fortunate enough to perform with Trilok Gurtu, Steve Smith, Lew Soloff and Louis Bellson. Upon his return Chris became involved in the Perth music scene playing and recording with local artists. He also performed with international jazz artists such as John Taylor, Dave Samuals, Frank Foster, Randy Brecker, Kenny Drew Jnr and Mark Livine. In 1995 Chris won Australia s Best Up and Coming Drummer award and received $3000 worth of prizes and endorsements. Chris is currently teaching at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music Full Time and playing in Afro-Cuban group Descarga.

Research areas and interests

Research areas include improvisation psychology and drum set mechanics in Virtual Reality.

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts), Edith Cowan University, 2016.
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Edith Cowan University, 2014.
  • Graduate Certificate in Education, Edith Cowan University, 2010.
  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, TAFE WA, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Music, Edith Cowan University, 1991.

Research Outputs

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Tarr, C. (2020). Abstracting 'groove' and 'melody' within the jazz organ trio. [Musical Recordings/Musical Scores]. TLC Organ Trio.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Tarr, C., Jeavons, P., Oehlers, J., Blanchard, T. (2014). Tal Cohen Quartet Live at the Perth International Jazz Festival. Forrest Chase, Perth.
  • Torrance, V., Tarr, C., Abbey, N., Jeans, S., Cohen, T. (2014). Victoria Newton at the Perth International Jazz Festival. Forrest Place Perth, WA.
  • Tarr, C., Jeavons, P., Osby, G., Cohen, T. (2014). Greg Osby at the Perth International Jazz Festival. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Wood, G., Tarr, C., Jeavons, P., Walker, R., Greig, J., Areias, J., Millard, P., Mendes, M. (2014). Juliana Areias Bossa Nova Baby. Loop Recording Studios.
  • Tarr, C., Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B. (2014). Los Cabrones at the Perth International Jazz Festival. Urban Orchard, Perth Cultural Centre.
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., Florisson, K., Mendes, M., Tarr, C. (2014). Quinteto São Paulo - 2014 Performances. The Terrace Hotel.
  • Vanderwal, B., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Florisson, K., Mendes, M., Rojas, G. (2014). Quinteto Sao Paulo featuring Giorgio Rojas. Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C. (2014). TLC Organ Trio. Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C. (2014). Anthony Warlow and Faith Prince. Crown Theatre, Perth.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Pooley, P., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Flynn, J., Millard, P., Walker, R. (2013). James Flynn "Reflections" CD launch. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., Mackey, C., Wood, G., Jeavons, P., Tarr, C. (2013). Carl Mackey Quintet - Jazz and Art. Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Holmes, R., Greive, C., Mackey, C., Abbey, N. (2013). Becc Sanderson. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Duratovic, A. (2013). Anea Duratovic - My Favourite Things. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Oehlers, J., Jeavons, P., Cohen, T. (2013). Tal Cohen Quartet Live. Perth Cultural Centre.
  • O'Halloran, T., Bergersen, H., Jeavons, P., Tarr, C. (2013). Tom O'Halloran Trio and Heath Bergersen. Weld Square, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P. (2013). Natilie Dietz in Concert. 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.
  • Pooley, P., Tarr, C., Cohen, T., Torrance, V. (2013). Victoria Newton Jazz. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Tarr, C. (2013). Tom O'Halloran Trio at the 2013 Perth International Jazz Festival. Cultural Centre, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Garood, R., Nelson, M., Wilkins, M. (2013). Roger Garood Quartet. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Mackey, C., Tarr, C., Malet, R., De Neef, A., Mitchell, H. (2013). MalMac. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Tarr, C., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F. (2013). TLC Organ Trio at the Ellington. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C. (2013). Music for visual art. Genesis in the Hills Vegetarian Cafe and Restaurant.
  • Tarr, C., Fitzmaurice, S., Azzopardi, M., Wilson, T., Beasy, D., Mackey, C., Greig, J., Cross, J., Jeavons, P. (2013). Mingus Amongst Us. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C. (2013). Christine Anu - Rewind.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Styles, M., Tarr, C., Abby, N., Macdonald, G. (2012). Glyn MacDonald Quartet. The Bakery, Northbridge.
  • O'Halloran, T., Abbey, N., Tarr, C., Coffin, S. (2012). Sean Coffin. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C. (2012). Kristin Berardi at the Ellington 2012. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Kyle, J., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Coffin, S. (2012). Josh Kyle - Perth Winter Arts Festival. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • McGregor, A., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Jeavons, P. (2012). Ali McGregor's Alchemy. The West Australian Idolize Spiegeltent.
  • Sandon, J., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Tarr, C. (2012). TLC and James Sandon. The Ellington Jazz Club.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Wood, G., Levy, H., Tarr, C., Pooley, P. (2011). Howard Levy live at The Ellington. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Tarr, C. (2011). TLC Organ Trio - 2011 Jazz Club Sets. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Florisson, K., O'Halloran, T., Boaden, D. (2011). Pat Metheny Tribute at the Perth Jazz Society. The Charles Hotel, North Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Tarr, C. (2011). 2011 Beaufort Street Festival. Beaufort Street (outdoor), Mount Lawley, Perth..
  • Oehlers, J., Tarr, C., Cohen, T., Jeavons, P. (2011). "Yellow Sticker" Tal Cohen Quartet.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts), Analysis and synthesis as a methodology for composing: A practice based composition process inspired by the works of seamus blake and will vinson
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