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). He was also the recipient of an Ian Potter Music Commission in 2001, which led to the composition of 'Four Words of Elizabeth Hunter', on texts by Patrick White, premiered at the 2002 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.
Early in 2008, Tim Stevens Trio released its third album, entitled 'Mickets'. The band appeared at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz in 2010, both in its own right and working with New York vocalist, Kendra Shank. Compositions premiered at the trio's Wangaratta performance were later recorded at ABC Studios Southbank and released in 2011 on the CD, 'Scare quotes' (Rufus Records). All the trio's records have been sent to 'All About Jazz', but none of them has ever scored a review. Obviously this doesn't matter at all.
Tim was the winner of a Professional Development Award offered by the Australasian Performing Right Association in March 2011, and this resulted in the recording of a second solo CD, 'Life's undertow', released in March 2012 (Rufus Records).
March 28, 2008
‘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
Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
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WrestedFrom: Media Vita
By Tim Stevens
Our little systemsFrom: Mickets
By Tim Stevens