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Tim Stevens was born in Swan Hill in 1971, and moved (with his family) to Melbourne in 1975. He commenced piano lessons at the age of eight, and was awarded the diploma Associate of Music, Australia, in 1988. After completing VCE in 1989 he began studying for the Bachelor’s degree in the Improvisation Department of the School of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts, taking piano lessons from Greg Gear and Mickey Tucker. After a rather tedious dalliance with the Diploma of Education he returned to the VCA to undertake the freshly minted Master of Music Performance degree (1995-6). Having dealt with that, he gave the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne a bit of a shock by fronting to undertake doctoral research on Melbourne’s Red Onion Jazz Band. In 2000 he graduated with the Doctorate of Philosophy, and then moved to Sydney for a couple of years. During the late 1990s he was a member of the trio Browne – Haywood – Stevens, an ensemble that featured his original compositions and recorded two CDs, King, dude and dunce (Newmarket, 1995) and Sudden in a shaft of sunlight (ABC Jazz, 1998). The second of these was shortlisted for the 1999 ARIA Award (jazz division). While he lived in Sydney, Tim led a trio featuring Mark Lau (bass) and Simon Barker (drums) and this band recorded for Jim McLeod’s Jazztrack before touring to the major European festivals Pori Jazz (Finland) and Umbria Jazz (Italy) in 2001. He was awarded an Ian Potter Music Commission in 2001 and composed Four words of Elizabeth Hunter on text by Patrick White from The Eye of the Storm. This was performed at the Cup Eve Concert at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz in 2002. On returning to Melbourne Tim formed his current trio with Ben Robertson (bass) and Dave Beck (drums). This band has released four albums, all on Rufus Records: Nine open questions (2004), Three friends in winter (2005), Mickets (2008) and Scare quotes (2011). The band plays a book of Tim’s compositions, and pursues collective improvisation alongside. Tim’s first solo piano recording Freehand was released on Rufus in 2002, and his second, Life’s undertow, appeared in March 2012. Undertow was a consequence of Tim’s having won one of the 2011 APRA Professional Development Awards.

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On Nov 29, 2015. 7:40am
Allan Midisoul said

Wow this was amazing -
Such beautiful chords... and playing I really liked the harmony between the Bass and the voicing of the Piano
It was the best piece I've heard on ABC Jazz for a long time.
Please pass on my compliments the Tim Stevens and his collaborators.
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On Nov 30, 2015. 9:32am
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Thanks Allen!

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