Dan O’Connor is an improviser, composer and trumpet player based in Perth, WA. His practice is focused on extended techniques for the trumpet and compositional concepts that facilitate group and solo improvisation.
Having completed undergraduate studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, O’Connor plays regularly in the Perth new/improvised/experimental/ exploratory music scene. Recent recorded work includes ‘the consequence of following’ by orphans (O’Connor - trumpet, Dom Barrett - guitar, Behn Greene - drums) and ‘IN/EX’, single breath improvisations for solo trumpet. In 2016 O’Connor formed the exploratory music label/collective Tone List with Jameson Feakes, Lenny Jacobs and Josten Myburgh.
Stuart is a Western Australian composer, performer, and audio engineer who has been previously commissioned to write works by the ABC, Decibel Ensemble, Tetrafide Ensemble, the WASO New Music Ensemble, percussionist Louise Devenish, and visual artist Erin Coates. Stuart's work has also been performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Michael Kieran Harvey. Stuart has studied composition with American composer Allison Applebaum, British composer Anthony Payne (BBC), Roger Smalley, Nigel Butterly, Lindsay Vickery, and Cathie Travers. Stuart won the state finals of the ASME young composers’ competition, won the Dorothy Ransom composition prize whilst at UWA, and has also been nominated for Australian Music Centre Awards for his percussion pieces Temperaments and Kinabuhi | Kamatayon. As a performer Stuart has supported the Hoodoo Gurus, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Francois Breut, and Nadeau, and has performed collaboratively with composer-performers Cat Hope, Lindsay Vickery, Simon Emmerson, Zubin Kanga, David Toop, Klaus Filip, Robin Hayward, Kouhei Harada, Dario Sanfilippo, Johannes Sistermanns, Peter Knight, Joel Stern, James Rushford, Johannes Luebbers, Dan Thorne, Sean Little, and Michael Bednall. Stuart also works as a full-time lecturer as part of the composition and music technology course at WAAPA, and operates his own commercial recording studio, The Soundfield Studio, recording and mixing notable artists including ShockOne, Kele Okereke, JMSN, Ta-ku, Loston, Decibel, Jaime Page, Will Stoker and the Embers, and many others. Stuart also recently received his doctorate for research in spatial audio, spectral synthesis, and wave terrain synthesis.