DrTimothy O’Dwyer


Dr Timothy O’Dwyer

Head, School of Contemporary Music
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • BA Music, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia

Timothy’s career as a saxophonist, composer and educator has constantly stretched across borders of genre, performance practice and art forms. Trained as a jazz musician at the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne, Australia), he furthered his studies with a tuition grant from the Australian Council for the Arts in 1995, studying with new complexity composer Richard Barrett in Amsterdam and visionary saxophonist/improviser Evan Parker in London.

He was a founding member of the seminal punk-jazz group, Bucketrider from Melbourne (1992), who went on to release four acclaimed CDs including tributes to Sun Ra and late period John Coltrane. The group has also performed with international rock groups such as Zena Geva (Jap) and Sonic Youth (US). He has been a member of Elision Contemporary Ensemble since 1994, premiering many new works for the saxophone and composing works for the ensemble that have premiered at arts festivals throughout Australia, Europe and Japan. He has also made regular performances at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK) over the past five years.

He formed the Tim O’Dwyer Trio in 2005, who has since released two CDs and performed at important jazz festivals in Australia, South East Asia, Japan, and Europe including the 2010 Montreux Jazz Festival. Timothy has performed and recorded with some of the most prominent jazz musicians in Australia. Internationally, he has won the Bell and Aria awards for best jazz album as a member of Australian pianist Andrea Keller’s group.

Timothy’s collaborative work has spanned dance, installation, poetry and sculpture, not to mention a film collaboration with Singapore director Tzu Nyen Ho as well as an avant-garde cabaret where he was awarded a green room award in collaboration with Clocked Out Productions.