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Tom Adeney : Associate Artist

'I aim for a new simplicity and directness of musical language that is a natural expression of myself and one that is free to express however it wishes.'

Random Audio Sample: Kagu ya hime (quintets: saxophone, piano, violin, viola, double bass) by Tom Adeney, from the CD Topology.

Photo of Tom Adeney

Photo: Randall Wood

Tom Adeney holds a master's degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he studied composition with Gerard Brophy and classical guitar with Julian Byzantine. He also studied violin with Paulene Smith of the Queensland Orchestra.

In 2009 Adeney completed his opera based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ice Maiden to a libretto by Majella O'Shea. In 2008 he composed and performed his Guitar Concerto as part of the Restrung Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse. In 2004, Adeney directed a complete concert of his own compositions at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. In 2003 Topology performed his Toward Autumn at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Also in 2003, Adeney contributed music for Memory Tree, a documentary about the artist David Boyd, released by Juniper Films, Sydney.

In 1998 Adeney co-wrote the incidental music with Donald Hall for A Midsummer Night's Dream for All Hallows' and Gregory Terrace schools' performance, Brisbane, and in 1995 the Queensland Orchestra performed his Rubicon. In 1990 his choreographed dance work Kagu Ya Hime was performed by Nippon Teki Dance Company and recorded for a Japanese calligraphy documentary by the Queensland Art Gallery. Between 1990-97 Adeney contributed numerous compositions for Music for the Heart and Mind contemporary music series.

Commercial recordings of Adeney's music appear on Blue Air over Bundaberg, 2001; Topology's self-titled 1999 CD; and Collusion's first recording to be released on Move records in 2007.

Adeney has also been active as a performer. In 2006 he played The Blue Guitar by Sir Michael Tippett at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He has appeared in solo guitar performances at Woodford Folk Festival where he released his 2001 CD of original music Blue Air over Bundaberg. He has also performed with the Melbourne City Opera, Australian Baroque Orchestra, and at the 1993 Asia Pacific Triennial with Indonesian artist Heri Dono.

Adeney has said of his music: 'I aim for a new simplicity and directness of musical language that is a natural expression of myself and one that is free to express however it wishes.'

Adeney has taught strings at Christ Church Grammar School, Melbourne; Ipswich Girls' Grammar School; and now currently teaches at Milton State School. He presently resides in Brisbane

Tom Adeney — current to April 2010

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
When I crossed the ditch... : chamber ensemble Commissioned by the Southern Cross Soloists for performance in their 'Words and Music' series
Digital sheet music sample Aria : for soprano saxophone and piano (2007) Commissioned by Christina Leonard.