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Mr Tom O'Halloran

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6659
Email: t.ohalloran@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML2.110  
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2372-7232

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

Background

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

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 rhythmic properties, 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, and 'Benevolent Apocalypse', for orchestra.

Tom O’Halloran leads his own original jazz piano trio outfit and conducts orchestras from time to time, composes experimental music, and plays analogue synthesizers. In 2017 he won the APRA Art Music Award for Jazz work of the Year, and in 2014 won Best Jazz Artist award from WAM. In 2012 he received an APRA Australian Art Music award nomination, and in 2011 was a finalist in the Freedman Foundation Jazz Fellowship – where he was featured at the Sydney Opera House.

Tom has recently completed commissioned work for the IN-SITU 2017 season; a site-specific dance piece performed at St. Georges Cathedral, Perth.

2017 has also seen the band My Name Is Nobody release a debut album at the 2017 Perth International Jazz Festival. This is an unusual but particularly melodic and listenable trio - comprised of Lucky Oceans (pedal-steel guitar) and Ben Vanderwal (drums) and Tom O’Halloran on piano and synthesizers. They were also featured at the 2017 Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival in November, and live on ABC FM.

In 2016 Tom released an album entitled Now Noise – for his group Memory of Elements (MoE). He also received an Australia Council grant to compose and develop the work. The album won Jazz Work of the Year at the 2017 APRA Art Music Awards, and the jury remarked that is was: ‘A fresh and thoughtful work, epic in scale, demonstrating outstanding compositional craft, many interesting, subtle and well-executed ideas'. MoE is an evolving project, and is comprised of Jamie Oehlers (saxophone), Carl Mackey (saxophone), Simon Jeans (guitar), Pete Jeavons (bass) and Ben Vanderwal (drums). They performed at the 2011 Wangaratta Jazz Festival, completed a national tour, and have a previously released self-titled album on the Jazzhead label.

Tom has two jazz piano trio records to his name, released through the Sydney based Jazzgroove Records label. His album We Happy Few won the 2009 Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Limelight Magazine award for best jazz achievement. Tom regularly tours Australia with this group comprised of Peter Jeavons (double bass) and Daniel Susnjar (drums). Together they have played large venues like the Sydney Opera House and The Promethean Theatre (Adelaide), and also the best jazz clubs in the country – including 505 and The Basement (Sydney), Bennett’s Lane and Paris Cat (Melbourne), and The Ellington Jazz Club (Perth).

He has appeared with high caliber jazz artists from the USA including bassist Robert Hurst, Walter Smith III and Peter Bernstein. Tom has appeared overseas at the 2017 IP Jazz Festival in Malaysia, the Houston International Jazz Festival, the IAJE festival in New York, Villa Celimontana in Italy, Dubai, UAE and club dates in New Zealand.

He has composed two multi-piano pieces; Dissolve, for two pianos, and Drumkit (for six pianos). These explored his hunger for musical interruption and chromatic saturation within his composing, synthesised with jazz interaction and improvisation.

His Future research interests are: hybridity within jazz works, multi-disciplined approaches, technology and moving image within jazz, and integrating concepts from modernism within jazz improvisation and composition.

Qualifications

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

Research Outputs

Conference Publications

  • O'Halloran, T. (2018). A Case for Innovation in Jazz through Integration of the Digital/Moving Image. Reflecting Worlds: The Promise of Limitations of Mimesis in Electronic Music (51-59). The Australasian Computer Music Association.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • O'Halloran, T. (2018). Symmetrical scales and composed gesture within improvised solo piano performance. State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • 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., Karlsson, S. (2017). Passage. St. George’s Cathedral, Perth..

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • O'Halloran, T. (2016). Strategies for increased polyphony in jazz piano accompaniment. Perth International Jazz Festival.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • O'Halloran, T., Zwartz, J., Mannell, E. (2015). Soundgun - 2015 Perth International Jazz Festival. Northbridge Piazza.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • O'Halloran, T. (2014). Memory of Elements - Now Noise.
  • O'Halloran, T. (2014). Drumkit (for 6 pianos). Tom O'Halloran.
  • Vinson, W., Oehlers, J., O'Halloran, T., Boneham, A., Vanderwal, B. (2014). Will Vinson/Jamie Oehlers Quartet at the Ellington. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Roberts, T., Alderson, D., Fisenden, A. (2014). Void @ PIJF. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Berstein, P., O'Halloran, T., Susnjar, D., Abbey, N. (2014). Peter Berstein at the Perth International Jazz Festival. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Roberts, T., O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., Alderson, D., Jago, T. (2014). Nu-Jive - Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Bennett's Lane, Melbourne.
  • O'Halloran, T. (2014). Tom O'Halloran solo piano - WAAPA Lunch-time Concert. WAAPA.
  • Vanderwal, B., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Florisson, K., Mendes, M., Rojas, G. (2014). Quinteto Sao Paulo featuring Giorgio Rojas. Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Wood, G., O'Halloran, T., Hopkins, J., Winton, H., Claudio, R. (2014). Rachel Claudio Live at The Ellington 2014. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B. (2014). O'Halloran/Vanderwal duo - The Ellington. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Harrod, T., O'Halloran, T., Zwartz, J., Mannell, E. (2014). Tina Harrod - Live at The Ellington Jazz Club. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Alderson, D., Susnjar, D. (2014). Tom O'Halloran Trio at the 2014 Perth International Jazz Festival. Urban Orchard, Perth.
  • Oehlers, J., O'Halloran, T., Susnjar, D. (2014). Jamie Oehlers Trio - Beaufort Street Festival and PJS at the Laneway. The City of Stirling Stage, Perth and The Laneway, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., Florisson, K., Mendes, M., Tarr, C. (2014). Quinteto São Paulo - 2014 Performances. The Terrace Hotel.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Mackey, C., Gander, A. (2014). Andrew Gander @ the Ellington. Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Arena, T., O'Halloran, T. (2014). Merci Down Under. Governor's House Ballroom, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Davies, K., McGlynn, M., Stewart, B., Grafton, Z., Harrison, D. (2014). WAAPA Jazz Ensemble - Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2014. Federation Square, Melbourne.
  • Oehlers, J., O'Halloran, T., Susnjar, D., Bernstein, P. (2014). Peter Bernstein with Jamie Oehlers Trio. Cultural Centre, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C. (2014). TLC Organ Trio. Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Zwartz, J., Mannell, E., Harrod, T. (2014). Soundgun Album Launch at Venue 505. Venue 505, Sydney.
  • O'Halloran, T. (2014). Infinite Ivories. WAAPA Music Auditorium.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • O'Halloran, T., Rammers, S. (2013). Night Cap Session with Shaun Rammers and Tom O'Halloran.
  • O'Halloran, T. (2013). Going Solo Piano Series. Sydney Improvised Music Association Inc.
  • O'Halloran, T. (2013). Flying Lesson (score). Perth Jazz Society.
  • O'Halloran, T. (2013). Improvised pieces, solo Performance. WAAPA.
  • O'Halloran, T., Bergersen, H., Jeavons, P., Tarr, C. (2013). Tom O'Halloran Trio and Heath Bergersen. Weld Square, Perth.
  • Pooley, P., O'Halloran, T., Nin, C. (2013). Caroline Nin: Hymne a Piaf. Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B. (2013). Musical Conversations: The Art of The Duo. The Laneway Lounge, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Alderson, D., Fisenden, A. (2013). Jam Sessions with the Tom O'Halloran Trio. 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.
  • Jeans, S., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Susnjar, D. (2013). JOGS at the Ellington. Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Tarr, C., O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P. (2013). Natilie Dietz in Concert. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T. (2013). Horizon Art Orchestra and Tom O'Halloran. 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.
  • Tarr, C., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F. (2013). TLC Organ Trio at the Ellington. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Undy, C., Mannell, E., Maegraith, R. (2013). 2013 Jazzgroove Summer Festival. Tom Mann Theatre, Sydney.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C. (2013). Music for visual art. Genesis in the Hills Vegetarian Cafe and Restaurant.
  • O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Tarr, C. (2013). Tom O'Halloran Trio at the 2013 Perth International Jazz Festival. Cultural Centre, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Roberts, T., Alderson, D., Fisenden, A. (2013). Void. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Pooley, P., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Flynn, J., Millard, P., Walker, R. (2013). James Flynn "Reflections" CD launch. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Rogers, G., Murray, R. (2013). Glenn Rogers Trio. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Roberts, T., Jago, T., Alderson, D., Fisenden, A. (2013). Troy Roberts Nu-Jive. Brookfield Place, Weld Square, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T. (2013). Mingus, Monk and Miles. The Geoff Gibbs Theatre, WAAPA.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C. (2012). Kristin Berardi at the Ellington 2012. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • McGregor, A., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Jeavons, P. (2012). Ali McGregor's Alchemy. The West Australian Idolize Spiegeltent.
  • Kyle, J., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Coffin, S. (2012). Josh Kyle - Perth Winter Arts Festival. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Torrance, V., O'Halloran, T., Jeans, S., Sandon, J., Florisson, K., Falle, B. (2012). JAZZWA Showcase 2012. The Bakery, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Walker, R. (2012). The Collaboratory with Ray Walker and Tom O’Halloran. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B. (2012). Beaufort Bop - O'Halloran, Oehlers, Vanderwal. Defectors Bar, Mount Lawley, Western Australia.
  • Morgan, H., O'Halloran, T., Sandon, J., Vanderwal, B. (2012). Ben Vanderwal and Howie Morgan. 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. The Art Gallery of Western Australia.
  • O'Halloran, T., Sandon, J., Grigson, F., Tarr, C. (2012). TLC and James Sandon. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Hurst, R. (2012). Robert Hurst – Perth Winter Arts Festival. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Susnjar, D. (2012). Downstairs at the Maj - Tom O’Halloran Jazz Trio. His Majesty's Theatre.
  • O'Halloran, T. (2012). Tenors Un Limited. The Octagon Theatre.
  • Jodrell, M., O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Robbie, I., Susnjar, D. (2012). Daniel Susnjar Afro Peruvian Quintet. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Lynton, C., O'Halloran, T., Eastman, R. (2012). Tribute to Larry Carlton and Robben Ford. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Abbey, N., Tarr, C., Coffin, S. (2012). Sean Coffin. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Phillips, C., Pitt, S. (2012). Deuces with Cristal Phillips and Solomon Pitt. 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. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Cowlishaw, B., O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Susnjar, D., Gioia, A. (2012). Briana Cowlishaw. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., King, P., Jeavons, P. (2012). Penny King Trio - Sunday Serenades. City of Joondalup Civic Chambers.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mackey, C., O'Halloran, T., Anning, S., Vanderwal, B., Jeavons, P. (2011). Carl Mackey - 11:11. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Oehlers, J., Mackey, C., Jeavons, P., Jeans, S., Vanderwal, B. (2011). Memory of Elements. Charles Hotel.
  • Roberts, T., O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Fisenden, A. (2011). Troy Roberts Quartet. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B. (2011). Tom O'Halloran WAAPA Lunchtime Concert - 18th April 2011. Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
  • O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Tarr, C. (2011). 2011 Beaufort Street Festival. Beaufort Street (outdoor), Mount Lawley, Perth..
  • O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Tarr, C. (2011). TLC Organ Trio - 2011 Jazz Club Sets. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Curnow, K., Grigson, F. (2011). Katherine Curnow - 26th May 2011. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Susnjar, D. (2011). 2011 Freedman Fellowship. Sydney Opera House.
  • O'Halloran, T., Gillespie, N. (2011). Natalie Gillespie - Michael Buble support show. Sandalford Winery, Swan Valley.
  • 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., Gioia, A., Little, S. (2011). Andrew Gioia Sean Little with Tom O'Halloran. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Torrance, V., Booth, P., O'Halloran, T. (2011). Victoria Newton/Paul Booth Project. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Susnjar, D. (2011). 2011 Tom O'Halloran Trio National Tour. Austraian Jazz Clubs.
  • O'Halloran, T. (2011). 2011 WAAPA All-Star Big Band Musical Director/Pianist. Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
  • O'Halloran, T., Oehlers, J., Mackey, C., Jeans, S., Jeavons, P., Vanderwal, B. (2011). Memory of Elements National Tour 2011. Australian Jazz Clubs.
  • Greig, J., Pigneguy, M., Jeans, S., Tanner, P., Mackey, C., Jeavons, P., O'Halloran, T., Robbie, I. (2011). The Awakenings Ensemble. The Ellington.
  • Wood, G., O'Halloran, T. (2011). Piano Perspectives. Government House Ballroom.
  • O'Halloran, T., Muller, J., Zwartz, J., Mannell, E. (2011). James Muller and Soundgun - 2011 Sydney Fringe Festival. 505.
  • O'Halloran, T., Oehlers, J., Mackey, C., Jeavons, P., Jeans, S., Vanderwal, B. (2011). Memory of Elements Live. Jazzhead.
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B. (2011). Train Lullaby (music for film).

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • O'Halloran, T. (2010). Dissolve - score. Tim O'Halloran.
  • O'Halloran, T. (2010). Tom O'Halloran Tour 2010. Selected Australian venues.
  • Wood, G., O'Halloran, T., Bodycoat, A. (2010). Minor Major Marlene. His Majesty's Theatre.
  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., Oceans, L. (2010). Lucky Oceans,Tom O'Halloran and Ben Vanderwal. The Ellington.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • O'Halloran, T. (2009). Hymne a Piaf - Director. The Vanguard, Newtown.
  • O'Halloran, T., Susnjar, D., Jeavons, P. (2009). We happy Few - CD. Glebe, NSW.
  • O'Halloran, T. (2009). JONI - A Tribute to the Legendary Joni Mitchell - transcriptions of 18 works. Sydney Opera House.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts), Making the most of life's uncertainty: An analysis of the philosophies and musical language of David Ades
  • 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
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts), Application of bela bartok's techniques of pitch organisation to jazz improvisation

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts), Towards interaction: Combining jazz techniques and idiomatic writing for varied ensembles. A collection of musical works -and- an exegesis

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts), Self-accompaniment and improvisation in solo jazz piano: Practice-led investigations of assimilation, ostinatos and 'hand splitting'

Assistant Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Night music (composittions, performance and improvisations) -and- developing a chromatic-intervallic approach to jazz improvisation through reflexive practice. An exegesis
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