Author Joseph O'Connor

Joe O’Connor is an improvising pianist and composer based in Melbourne. His work explores the intersection of jazz and Western art music. He has won the National Jazz Award (2013) and the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Musician of the Year (2014).


Artist/s: CHV. Ashley Cross (guitar), Rob Vincs (tenor saxophone/saxello), Anita Hustas (bass/ percussion/objects)
Category: Improvisation
Label: Self-release
Reviewed by

“Despite attractive moments, the impact of this collection of improvisations from Melbourne-based ensemble CHV is compromised by stylistic disparities that suggest a need for greater aesthetic focus.”

Deer Heart. Tilman Robinson

Artist/s: Tilman Robinson (composition/production, field recordings, body sounds miscellaneous instruments), Una Sveinbjarnardóttir (violin),Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir (viola), Júlía Mogensen (cello), Borgar Magnason (bass), Jóel Pálsson (clarinet/bass clarinet), Frank Aarnink (percussion), Jacob Abela (Ondes Martenot), Paul Evans (additional production).
Category: Ambient, Electroacoustic
Label: Hobbledehoy Record Co (HOB 041)
Reviewed by

“Deer Heart is an expressive and richly textured example of the electroacoustic producer’s craft.”