Tamara Murphy is an esteemed Australian bassist and composer. She has over 20 years performing experience and has run her own ensembles, collaborated with other artists and is continually in demand as a side-person.
She has been composing throughout her performing career, writing for many groups, including her quintet Murphy’s Law. This group released four recordings, augmenting the band sound with string quartet and turntables for the ‘Street Art’ project. She also composed for the co-operative trio Keller-Murphy-Browne, which ran for 13 years, releasing two albums.
In 2015, Murphy started her new ensemble Spirograph Studies. This instrumental group described as ‘post-rock’ and ‘post-jazz’, employs aspects of minimalism in their approach as the band members improvise over Murphy’s compositions drawing heavily on the written material of each composition.
In 2011 she was awarded the inaugural Young Elder of Jazz Commission, for the creation and presentation of a new work: Big Creatures & Little Creatures. This work was premiered at the 2012 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
In 2017, Murphy was employed as the musical director and arranger for the International Women’s Day concert ‘UNITY’, produced by the Brunswick Music Festival, featuring Emma Donovan, Parvyn Singh, Emily Wurramurra, Chelsea Wilson and Ajak Kwai.
Her performance and recording credits include: Caiti Baker, Bernie McGann, Joe Chindamo, Martin Martini, Lanie Lane, Lady Rizo (US), Ben Caplan (CA), Ali McGregor, Christine Anu, Julien Wilson, Sandy Evans, Jazz Party and Harry Angus along with many others. She has performed internationally, in New York, Japan, the UK, Europe and Asia.
Tamara Murphy holds B.Mus and M.Mus(research) degrees, and currently teaches at Monash University and The Victorian College of the Arts. She has also received numerous grants to study overseas and release recordings.