Tamara Murphy

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Tunes by Tamara Murphy

  • Für Oigen
    Straight · 2000-2010 · Medium · Instrumental · C · 5/4
  • Lullaby
    Ballad · 2000-2010 · Easy · Instrumental · G · 3/4
  • Unwritten Law
    Afro-Cuban · 2000-2010 · Medium · Instrumental · D · 12/8
  • A Million Miles Away
    Ballad · 2000-2010 · Medium · Instrumental · Ab · 4/4


Tamara Murphy – Double Bass

Tamara completed the improvisation course at the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Music Performance. She has studied with Gary Costello, Lloyd Swanton, Ben Robertson, Andrew Moon (M.S.O.) and Ed Schuller (US), Mark Helias (US) and Larry Grenadier (US). She recently completed the Masters course (research) at VCA, Melbourne in 2008.

Tamara Murphy regularly performs with many outstanding musicians around Australia. She has shared the stage with many musicians, including: Kenny Kirkland, Bob Sedegreen, Tim Stevens, Barney McAll, Mark Fitzgibbon, Gil Askey, Andrew Gander, Geoff Hughes, Allan Browne, Brigitte Allen, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, David Rex, Julien Wilson, Stephen Magnussen, Andrea Keller, Sandy Evans, Jamie Oehlers, Nina Ferro, George Coleman Junior, Dale Barlow, the Sophie Brous band, the Christophe Genoux quartet, the Luke Howard trio, the Cam McAllister quintet, the Fran Swinn Trio and Bernie McGann along with many others.

She has performed at many music festivals, including the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Apollo Bay Music festival, the Women’s International Jazz Festival and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. She has toured with the Cologne New Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (Germany) throughout the UK and Australia and toured through Hong Kong with Australian saxophonist Anton Delecca in 2001.

In 2003, Tamara studied with bassist/composer Mark Helias in New York City (funded by an Australia Arts Council Development grant). In 2004, Tamara Murphy’s quintet ‘Murphy’s Law’ released their debut CD ‘Telling Tales’ (Newmarket), featuring the talents of Julien Wilson and Jordan Murray (funded through a Vic Arts grant). In 2006, she studied at the Banff Centre (Canada) as part of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, run by Dave Douglas (funded by the Australian Arts Council). In 2008, Murphy’s Law released two albums: Tanuki’s Revenge and Street Art (funded by Vic Rocks – an Arts Victoria initiative), featuring string quartet and turntables.

Currently, Tamara is leading, writing and arranging for groups ‘Murphy’s Law’, the co-led trio ‘Keller-Murphy-Browne’ with Andrea Keller and Allan Browne and the ‘Fran Swinn Trio’, in addition to performing regularly all over Melbourne with some of Australia’s leading contemporary jazz musicians. She also teaches at the Victorian College of the Arts, Genazzano Girls School and St. Catherines Girl’s School.