Tim Stevens

Instrument: Piano | Location: Melbourne

Updated: November 4, 2017

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).

He lived in Sydney from 2000-2001 and formed a trio there with Mark Lau (bass) and Simon Barker (drums), that travelled to perform at the Pori Jazz Festival and Umbria Jazz in 2001. Prior to leaving Sydney he recorded his first album with Rufus Records, the solo 'Freehand'.

Since returning to Melbourne he has performed and recorded with a trio comprising Ben Robertson (bass), Dave Beck (drums) and himself, and this trio's first two recordings 'Nine open questions' and 'Three friends in winter' have been critically praised. They feature, respectively, Stevens' own compositions and the trio's collective spontaneous improvisation.

He has maintained an interest in classical music, having been trained initially in classical piano, and has recently performed Schubert's 'Winterreise<' with Stephen Grant (bass baritone), and Schumann's 'Frauenliebe und -leben' with Alison Lemoh (mezzo-soprano)

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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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