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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: October 23, 1971

Tim Stevens is an improvising pianist, composer and scholar based in Melbourne, Australia. He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (MMus, 1996) and the University of Melbourne (PhD, 2000), graduating from the latter with a thesis entitled 'The Origins, Development and Significance of the Red Onion Jazz Band, 1960-1996'.

Between 1995 and 2000 he was a member of the co-operative trio Browne - Haywood - Stevens, with Allan Browne (drums) and Nick Haywood (bass), and this band released two CDs: 'King, Dude and Dunce' (Newmarket, 1996) and 'Sudden in a shaft of sunlight' (ABC Jazz, 1998)...
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‘delightful…Unsentimental yet emotionally arresting, it’s an uncompromising solo debut that lays bare Stevens’s challenging, rewarding and unpredictable movements.’ (Ashleigh Wilson, 'The Weekend Australian', regarding 'Freehand')

‘a mixture of dynamism, lyricism and exploration wrapped inside unstinting discipline…Always on the way to somewhere, his lines unfolding with spellbinding logic. Though the control of dynamics can be dazzling it’s the rigorous organisation of his ideas which takes centre place…He sounds unlike anyone else and is satisfyingly mature.’ (Shane Nichols, http://www.allaboutjazz.com/ and 'Australian Financial Review', regarding 'Freehand')

‘Rather than focusing on percussive assaults or other feats of piano prowess, the goal is to capture the other side of the spectrum by utilizing a delicate touch, subtle passions, joy and introspection...

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