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Mr Chris Tarr


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6790, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML2.227
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6790
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML2.227  



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.


  • 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.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • 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., Tarr, C., (2014), TLC Organ Trio. TLC Organ Trio, Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B., (2014), Los Cabrones at the Perth International Jazz Festival. The Perth International Jazz Festival, Urban Orchard, Perth Cultural Centre .
  • Tarr, C., (2014), Anthony Warlow and Faith Prince. Direct From Broadway, Crown Theatre, Perth.
  • Wood, G., Tarr, C., Jeavons, P., Walker, R., Greig, J., Areias, J., Millard, P., Mendes, M., (2014), Juliana Areias Bossa Nova Baby. Juliana Areias Bossa Nova Baby, Loop Recording Studios, Peter Jeavons.
  • 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.
  • Torrance, V., Tarr, C., Abbey, N., Jeans, S., Cohen, T., (2014), Victoria Newton at the Perth International Jazz Festival. Perth International Jazz Festival, Forrest Place Perth, WA , Graham Wood.
  • Tarr, C., Jeavons, P., Osby, G., Cohen, T., (2014), Greg Osby at the Perth International Jazz Festival. The Perth International Jazz Festival, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Jeavons, P., Oehlers, J., Blanchard, T., (2014), Tal Cohen Quartet Live at the Perth International Jazz Festival. The Perth International Jazz Festival, Forrest Chase, Perth, Perth International Jazz Festival.
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